The Burial of Joseph F Rutherford

Joseph F Rutherford, the second president of the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society, died January 8 1942. His simple request prior to his death was that he be buried in San Diego, California. This simple request didn’t prove as simple as the Watch Tower Society would have liked.

The following article is taken directly from the Watch Tower Society’s magazine Consolation, dated May 27th, 1942, p.3-16. It has been divided up into 18 separate parts for easy reading.

The article relates to the burial of Watchtower President Joseph F Rutherford at Beth-Sarim in San Diego, California. What’s most interesting is how this article describes Beth-Sarim. The description is in direct conflict with how Beth-Sarim is described in the Watchtower publication, Jehovah’s Witnesses – Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom, p.76.


Click to read Part 1 of Rutherford's Burial: Judge Rutherford taught Intolerance
Click to read Part 2 of Rutherford's Burial: Beth-Sarim
Click to read Part 3 of Rutherford's Burial: Judge Rutherford's Winter Workshop
Click to read Part 4 of Rutherford's Burial: First Location Denied by Commission
Click to read Part 5 of Rutherford's Burial: Petition Denied for Second Site
Click to read Part 6 of Rutherford's Burial: Prejudice in its Ugliest Form
Click to read Part 7 of Rutherford's Burial: Hearts of Flint
Click to read Part 8 of Rutherford's Burial: Earth's Meanest Organization
Click to read Part 9 of Rutherford's Burial: Second Court Hearing
Click to read Part 10 of Rutherford's Burial: Deewall the Expert?
Click to read Part 11 of Rutherford's Burial: Should Prominent Men be Massacred?
Click to read Part 12 of Rutherford's Burial: Concealed Grave versus Open Sewer
Click to read Part 13 of Rutherford's Burial: Awaiting New Earth's Princes
Click to read Part 14 of Rutherford's Burial: The End of the World is Now
Click to read Part 15 of Rutherford's Burial: Princes Promised Earthly Resurrection
Click to read Part 16 of Rutherford's Burial: Objections Were All Eliminated
Click to read Part 17 of Rutherford's Burial: The Devil's Poor Care of His Own
Click to read Part 18 of Rutherford's Burial: Judge Rutherford's Final Witness