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Non-jews Threaten to Secede from City to Prevent Establishment of Jewish Cemetery

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.