Archive for June, 2011


The Greek word for Christ begins with the letters Chi (X) and Rho (P), and the two letters overlaid have been a Christian symbol since the time of Roman Emperor Constantine, the first Christian emperor (he converted while on the throne).


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Memorial Park (2)

Lincoln Cemetery (2)

Memorial Park (6)

Veterans in Lincoln Cemetery (2)


Memorial Park (7)

Memorial Park

In memory of those buried here (2)

Jordan gravestone information

Memorial Park (5)


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Liles of the valley bloom across the bottom edge of the tombstone for Irvin Curtis Batson, who died in 1905 at the age of only nine or ten.  Douglas Keister, in Stories in Stone, states that lily of the valley symbolize innocence and purity, as well as renewal, since it is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in spring.


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Gravestoned found one of those rare markers that specifies the cause of death.

So did Escape from the Silent Cities: James Hardin’s tombstone says he was assassinated, but he also pulled the trigger himself on a fellow attorney.

The Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay brings us the tale of a war hero.

Gravestoned found the Superintendent of the American Anti-Saloon League.

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My new camera showed up Friday night on my doorstep- a compact Kodak M583.  The resolution is supposed to be quite good for a compact, and it got pretty good ratings for low light situations.  I traded that for a camera that’s not so good on action shots, because the bulk of my photographic subjects are stationary.  I’ll be taking it out on my first cemetery excursion today – the Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society is visiting St. Paul’s Cemetery, where some more of our Collinwood School Fire victims are buried.

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Sadly, the Woodland Cemetery Living History tour scheduled for tomorrow, June 26, is cancelled.

Woodland does have some other exciting activities planned for later this year:
August 21, 2011 — Annual Scavenger Hunt (1 pm)
We did this last year and it was a lot of fun.

September 24, 2011 — Geocaching with the Boy Scouts (but open to the public)
I haven’t done this, but my understanding is that the locations they find correspond with the Boy Scout oath.

October 2, 2011 — Murder Tour 2011
This is new, and I’m really excited about it.

East Cleveland also has a Halloween tour scheduled again for this year – October 22, 2011. This was a great time last year, and they have promised to have a different tour this year to encourage repeat visitors.

This is what I know about right now – I will update with more dates as I know about them.

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Read this stone.


I had to take it up to its original size and inspect it to confirm that Naomi Dille was 46, not 16, years old when she died on September 16, 1830. It wouldn’t be impossible for a woman to die at 16 already married (I went to graduate school with a woman who first walked down the aisle at age 15), but it did seem unlikely. I can’t put my finger on a good citation right now, but my memory from various history classes is that the average age of marriage for late 18th and early 19th century women in the United States was somewhere in the early 20s, with men’s average age being just slightly higher.

That information aside, this stone is one of the older ones in this cemetery, and is the first one I came across trudging up the hill. Most of the rest are clustered above the road cut. I wonder if it accurately reflects where Naomi is buried (the concrete seems to indicate it has been reset) or whether her actual grave is further up the hill with the people who have lived near her in life.

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Edward H. Malz

Edward H. Malz was only 19 when he died of wounds sustained in Sicily in the summer of 1943. The son of Edward and Katherine Krouse Malz, he had a brother Clarence who was also enlisted and one surviving sister Marjorie. (Sister Evelyn predeceased him.) From the two separate announcements in the Necrology File, it appears that in addition to the visitation at the funeral home and services at East Shore Methodist Church, Malz was also honored with a memorial service at the local high school.

Source: Cleveland Necrology File, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio.

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Frederick Albert Cook

Frederick Albert Cook (2)

Frederick Albert Cook 3

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