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Vincent Price Extravaganza of Film at the Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery

Vincent Price Extravaganza of Film at the Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery

August 26, 2017--The Last Man on Earth September 9, 2017 The Conqueror Worm September 23, 2017 The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Fake News & catchy headlines sold papers & twisted history

Fake News & catchy headlines sold papers & twisted history

“Don’t judge a book by its cover;” likewise, don’t judge a cemetery by it’s grave markers or lack of markers. The best clues are in the card files of the Caretaker’s Cottage. There is something about cemeteries that lends itself to fantastic stories.  Over the years a number of these stories about people and events associated with [...]

Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery Fence Update: Bills on Capitol docket: Call Representative and Senator

Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery Fence Update: Bills on Capitol docket: Call Representative and Senator

BY SUE HUNTER WEIR Representative Karen Clark has introduced bonding bill (HR 1073) to secure the funds necessary to complete work on the Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery fence along Cedar Ave and Lake Street. The money would cover the cost of disassembling the limestone pillars, reassembling them using the correct adhesive, and capping them with a [...]

David Buel Knickerbacker, 1833-1894 1871: Cottage Hospital began near Mills David started it! “Goliaths” own it now!

David Buel Knickerbacker, 1833-1894 1871: Cottage Hospital began near Mills David started it! “Goliaths” own it now!

It was originally printed in the St. Barnabas Annual Report from 1884. The original Cottage hospital is the smaller wing on the right-hand side of the building. The larger portion is what turned the Cottage Hospital into St. Barnabas. By Sue Hunter Weir Before health care was big business and before it became a political hot button, it was a [...]

Chester Colburn died in 1898 “Hair Worker,” ‘Miraculous’ “Dr.” of Magnetic Healing may have died to “Hide his shame”

Chester Colburn died in 1898 “Hair Worker,” ‘Miraculous’ “Dr.” of Magnetic Healing may have died to “Hide his shame”

The 144th “Tale” was intended to be the story behind the name carved on this headstone, Anson O. Colburn. He was a miller and died on July 20, 1878 from pneumonia. The rest of his story remains harder to uncover than it should have been because he appears to have gone by his middle name, Otis. Thus “Tale” 144 shifts to his younger brother [...]

Descendants of Mayflower’s John and Priscilla Alden Illness and poverty plagued Anna and Fred Clark centuries later

Descendants of Mayflower’s John and Priscilla Alden Illness and poverty plagued Anna and Fred Clark centuries later

Bob Clark, Anna and Fred Clark’s great grandson, became a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and Founders of Patriots of America. He and his cousin Wally purchased grave markers for Anna and Fred eight decades later. By Sue Hunter Weir On January 8, 2017, Friends of the Cemetery lost one of its earliest friends when Bob Clark [...]

Ornate tree trunk tombstone: Recalls All Saints Day death and symbolism

Ornate tree trunk tombstone: Recalls All Saints Day death  and symbolism

A six-foot tree of sandstone with ferns and ivy has concentric rings etched at sawn-off branches. There is a cross near the top and a scroll carved with the birth and death dates. By Sue Hunter Weir Nels H. Nelson Russell died on November 2, 1898.  His marker, a six-foot tall tree carved from sandstone, is one of the most distinctive in the [...]

Case remains cold 104 years

Case remains cold 104 years

More than 300 people came and helped close out our fourth season in the cemetery with the “Horrors of Dracula.” Other than the mosquitoes, it was a perfect night--beautiful weather and a big, bright Harvest Moon. Look for our season opener next Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to all of you who have supported the cemetery in so many ways.By Tim [...]

Julius Edward Johnson: His $140.00 Pocket Change remains a mystery

Julius Edward Johnson: His $140.00 Pocket Change remains a mystery

The $140 in the pocket of Julius Edward Johnson was more than enough to cover the cost of his burial.  Graves sold for fewer than $10 and a plain box would not have cost even that much. His money bought him a place in the cemetery that is about as far from the Potters Field as it is possible to get.  He is buried in Lot 3, Block 3, in the 12th [...]

The count of Union and Confederate Civil War Veterans remains challenging Part II: Two, New Confederate Veterans

The count of Union and Confederate Civil War Veterans remains challenging Part II: Two, New Confederate Veterans

General Index Cards of Isaac Breathed and Derusha Daffi During the American Civil War 1861-1864, every few weeks to every few months depending on the unit, usually at the company level, soldiers’ names were recorded on muster rolls. Beginning in the 1880s General Ainsworth’s staff in the Department of the Army indexed these records originally [...]

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