In 1954 the Board contracted with Henry Carlson Construction Company to erect the 30’ x 60’ combined office and shop at 2001 South Cliff Avenue. After “making do” with small offices in at least three downtown buildings for more than 50 years, the secretary and Board members felt very fortunate to have new and attractive quarters. The new location on the cemetery grounds proved to be much more convenient for the secretary, maintenance people, the Board of Directors, and the public.
The population of Sioux Falls increased from 65,466 in 1960 to 72,488 in 1970. Residential area business places such as branch banks, service stations and convenience stores opened. A request from Standard Oil Company to buy or lease the northeast corner of the cemetery was denied. During this period six new sections of the cemetery were opened. The trend toward paying for pre-need lots and interments necessitated the beginning of an installment payment plan.
In 1970, H. W. Stellner who had served 13 years as secretary of Woodlawn Cemetery died wile still in office. The Board advertised for applicants for the new position of “manager,” a term which is more descriptive of the job of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the cemetery.
In 1972 the office and shop building was enlarged to make more space for safekeeping of records. A new exterior of heavy timbers and stucco, mansard roof and window grills made the building more attractive and secure.
A beautiful sculpture was placed in the Crown Hill section of the
Cemetery in 1973. The generous donor is Miss Maxine Cook whose
parents are buried nearby. The sculpture, made of genuine
Carrara marble, is a life size statue of St. Francis of Assisi. It is an
original commissioned work by a registered Italian artist. St.
Francis was a beloved worker among the poor in 13th century Italy.
He gave up a life of ease and riches to minister to those less
fortunate. He saw devine wonder in all nature and is often shown
with birds and animals surrounding him.
St. Francis is the author of the familiar prayer, “Lord, make me an
instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is darkness, light and
where there is sadness, joy.” A 24-inch base of Carrara marble
supports the statue. In 1989 a stoneworker placed the words of
the prayer on the base, making the statue even more meaningful to all who see it.