John Cordes and his son-in-law August Jasper had this private mausoleum erected in 1902. The first entombment was that of Cordes’ other son-in-law, August Johnson, on February 9, 1906. August Johnson was 39 years old. He had been ill and in an institution in St. Louis until his death. According to a letter in the cemetery file, he was seldom or never visited by his immediate family (mother and sister) while he was in the institution. After his entombment, John Cordes, August Jasper, their families and Johnson’s wife moved to Chicago, IL. In 1927 August Jasper sent a letter requesting to have Johnson disentombed and buried in a single grave within Zion Cemetery and wanted to sell the mausoleum and lot where it was placed. The last correspondence about this matter was November 6, 1942 from Zion Cemetery stating that no action would be taken to disentomb Johnson due to not having authorization from the proper next of kin. As of today, Johnson remains in the Cordes-Jasper mausoleum. John Cordes died March 28, 1916 and August Jasper died March 29, 1943 both are located at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.