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THE CEMETERY’S Eldest Morgan Jones – 60 YEARS A SLAVE, 41 YEARS FREEDMAN

THE CEMETERY’S Eldest  Morgan Jones – 60 YEARS A SLAVE, 41 YEARS FREEDMAN

Morgan Jones said, “In 1823, I moved with my white masters to Missouri. I then became coachman for the family and was with them until the emancipation proclamation. As coachman I was able to look about and take notice, and you may be sure that I watched the growth of the abolition movement. As soon as the slaves were pronounced free, I started [...]

Bastardy ends in pain, suffering death, and flight

Bastardy ends in pain, suffering death, and flight

By Sue Hunter Weir Seduction and broken promises The child of Martha Anderson and Andrew G. Krogstad was stillborn on January 21, 1875.  Two days later, Martha Anderson (sometimes referred to as Amondson) died from puerperal fever, a complication of childbirth; she was 26 years old.  Her story was in its day an all too-common one—a story of [...]

History: what and who chooses? After 150 Years Gone, But Not Forgotten

History: what and who chooses? After 150 Years Gone, But Not Forgotten

Mike Barth, Pioneer and Soldier Cemetery Caretaker “through rain or shine” on the lawnmower or here on a bobcat helping Brian Orth setting a Veterans grave marker. Tim McCall By Sue Hunter Weir In his book “In the Memory House,” author Howard Mansfield raises questions about who we, as a society, choose to remember and why.  The [...]

Pillars will be rebuilt, new ones added; Thanks to “Pillars of the Community”

Pillars will be rebuilt, new ones added; Thanks to “Pillars of the Community”

By Sue Hunter Weir It’s taken about 15 years but the restoration of the Cemetery’s historic fence is very close to completion. In April 2002, the Corcoran Neighborhood Organizations used $5,000 of their Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds to contract with McDonald & Mack, an architectural firm specializing in historic [...]

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 [...]

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