Preserving our proud heritage

Preserving our proud heritage

Silverbrook Gate

The entrance to Silverbrook Cemetery is located at the corner of Main and Cherry Streets in the city of Niles, Michigan.

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Cemetery Office

1400 East Main Street

269-683-8421

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Cemetery Listing

 

Volume 1

Silverbrook Cemetery Graves Listing is available on Amazon.com!  This two volume set is a printout of the Grave Search database on this website.  It contains over 20,000 listings sorted alphabetically by last name, including Location, Date of Birth, Date of Death and Date of Interment, and Funeral Home.

The mission of the Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery, working with the City Government, is to promote and restore Silverbrook Cemetery to its once proud heritage.

Monthly Meetings

The Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery meet the third Thursday each month at 7 p.m. at the Niles Law Enforcement Complex, located at Main St and Silverbrook Ave.

In addition to discussing progress made with our restoration and education projects, we feature a Guest Speaker. Past speakers have given talks about the history of Niles, gravestone restoration, and biographies of leading citizens. Many of our members also have interests in genealogy and local history. Members, nonmembers, and guests are always welcome to attend at no cost.

 

History of Berrien available thanks mainly to one man

The sketch today will focus on one who was instrumental in a great amount of the past which is featured in each of our Silverbrook Legacies.

Indeed if it were not for the detailed accounting of "A Twentieth Century History of Berrien County, Michigan," by author and editor, Orville W. Coolidge, the recorded history of this region would be greatly diminished.

The accounts within the volume are exact and eloquently written. This is a work done by a dedicated historian and writer who spent long hours at his craft. That alone is impressive.

However, when we consider that Coolidge, born in Edwardsburg, Oct. 9, 1839, was also a lawyer; mayor of the City of Niles from 1890-91; circuit judge in Michigan's 2nd Circuit, 1894-1911; lecturer and teacher in addition to being an author and historian: we are even more thoroughly impressed.

It must be noted when Coolidge turns his flowery prose to himself and his family, he like any autobiographer is here too choosing what to share with his readers. That inherent bias understood, he still has earned legitimate "bragging rights."

Click here for the full article on the Niles Daily Star website

Published March 28th, 2009