BEVERLY, Mass (Oct. 5)
Residents of the Centerville section of Beverly threatened today to secede from the city in order to prevent establishment of a Jewish cemetery in their district.
At a hearing before the Board of Alderman on a petition by 200 families of the Sons of Abraham for a cemetery in a plot of farm land off Cele St., Miss Dora Edwards, School Committee member and one of the property owners opposing the petition, said plans were already underway to establish a separate township.
A petition signed by more than 100 residents of the district opposing any change in zoning laws to permit a Jewish cemetery was presented to the Aldermen. The petitioners, headed by Maj. Philip F. Sears and Mrs. J. Amery Sullivan, said such a cemetery would harm property values. The Alderman weighed action.