Archive for March, 2011

On the subject of occupations, as we were just the other day, I discovered that there were more stones that told you what someone did in life in some of the newer sections of Lake View Cemetery (post 1970s).

Cecile Nevils Clarke is identified first in relationship to her family, but then her stone tells us she was also a nurse.


Similarly, Eleanore Slobin is listed as a wife and mother first, but also an artist.


Presumably, Mort was her husband – a teacher.


Robert Wallace was also a teacher and a poet.


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Weber Monument

Weber Monument

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Yesterday, I wrote “is there a doctor in the house?”to explore what kind of doctor those who had the title “Dr.” on their tombstone really were. Today, we’re going to look at stones for those who leave no question. These folks have the appellation M.D. Listed after their names – medical doctor – like Morris. W. Keller, M.D.


This stone memorializes a family of doctors, the Adamsons.


Samuel Nigro was also a doctor.


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The most common title that you see on tombstones is “Dr.”  Of course, most people think of physicians, but there are multiple ways to obtain the appellation “Dr.,” so let’s see if we can more specifically identify some of these in the cemetery.

Dr. Silas E. Sheldon was a Civil War surgeon – he has both a military headstone and one that matches the others in his family plot.

Dr. Silas E. Sheldon


Dr. A. P. Dutcher was a physician, judging from a Plain Dealer mention from 11/10/1882 where it was noted he had diagnosed a Mr. Massey with cancer of the stomach.

Dr. A. P. Dutcher

I haven’t been able to find any more information on our Dr. James R. Glover.


Dr. William Meyer was identified by the Plain Dealer as one of Cleveland’s “most respected physicians” when he passed away at the age of 78. A German by birth, he had not only been a doctor, but a member of Cleveland’s City Council and the Library Board. (“Dr. William Meyer: Death of a Prominent German Physician at an Advanced Age,” Plain Dealer, 12/22/1898, page 4.)

Dr. William Meyer

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Sidney Guy Sea

I’ve wondered about this marker since the first time I found it – why would a man, clearly of some money to have such a nice grave slab, be buried in Cleveland if he was from the city of Chicago? Now that I have access to the Plain Dealer archives through my library card at home, I did some digging. Sea’s wife and her family were from Cleveland. In 1880, Sea married Nellie Seymour at her parents’ home in Cleveland. At the time, the local paper reported that Sea was with the firm of Field, Leiter, & Co. When he died in 1895, Sea was actually in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Personal Mention,” The Plain Dealer, 4/8/1880, pg. 4.
“Deaths,” The Plain Dealer, 4/6/1895, pg. 1.

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Arthur R.

As I’ve posted about before, lamb statues in cemeteries are usually on top of children’s graves. To me, a lamb clearly symbolizes a life ended too soon. If you look at the final inscription on this side of this marker, the Christian symbolism of the lamb is emphasized with the epitaph “I am Jesus’ little lamb.”



Our Baby


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German tombstone

I found this tombstone lying flat on the ground on one of the hills in Lake View Cemetery. It’s a pretty old tombstone – looks like it is from the 1870s, and the cemetery was only founded in the 1860s. Unfortunately, it’s sinking into the turf, and in another few years won’t even be visible. At this point, it’s already too covered for me to discover the name on it. I don’t know why the stone has been allowed to sink to this point.

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The combination or juxtaposition of the Greek letters alpha and omega in the cemetery is one of my favorite obscure symbols. In the chapter 22 of the Book of Revelations of the Bible, Jesus states “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” For those who have neither a) studied Greek or b) participated in the Greek system in college, alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This seems to be the concept that is referenced when cemetery monuments use these two letters.

The Chambers monument has the letters in flowered rondelles on either side of the central cross.


The two letters are intertwined on the statue base of the Bowler-Burdick monument.


The Perkins monument also displays the letters interlaced.

Perkins Monument

Perkins Monument detail

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Daniel Spang Hunter Jr.

Lieutenant Hunter was 23 when he died during World War II. I checked in our local newspaper archives to see if I could find out more details about his death. On a stateside military assignment for the Army Air Corps, he was involved in an automobile accident which left him with multiple injuries include fractures of his jaw and both legs. He died a week later in McCluskey General Hospital in Temple, Texas, on June 13, 1944. Hunter left behind a wife Martha and baby daughter Judith.

Source: “Lieut. D. S. Hunter Dies in Hospital,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/14/1944, page 13.

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