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Tribute to a Pilgrim

Here ended the Pilgrimage of JOHN HOWLAND Who died February 23, 1672/3 aged above 80 years He married Elizabeth daughter of JOHN TILLEY Who came with him in the Mayflower December 1620 From them are descended a Numerous posterity. “Hee … Continue reading

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The Safety Razor Inventors—and its not who you think!

Two of the inventors of the safety razor are buried in a whimsical mausoleum in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York—and neither is King Gillette.  While King Gillette gained fame for his razor and is often mistakenly given credit … Continue reading

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Any Help? – Mystery Solved

One of this blogpost’s readers, Phyllis, solved the mystery. The metal marker connected to this grave represents the Switchmen’s Union of North America which was a labor union founded in 1894 and included members in the United States and Canada. … Continue reading

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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers

The last five posts have been about accidents that occurred on trains.  The posts, in a way, also highlighted that trains in the 19th century and early 20th Century were not only an important mode of transportation, but carried cargo—human … Continue reading

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Train Wreck, 5

CHARLES F. SON OF JAS. & M. E. KING BORN AUG. 22, 1866. KILLED IN WRECK ON ST. L. A. & T. Ry. MAY 12, 1893. DIV. NO. 442 JONESBORO ARK. Tree-stump gravestones dot cemeteries all across the Midwest and … Continue reading

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Train Wreck, 4 The Caboose and the Loose Wheel

Charles E. Witting Died May 4, 1900 Aged 27 YR 6 MO 4 DA This intricately carved gray marble caboose, track, and wheel displaying the letters: B of RRT can be found in the Union Cemetery at Uhrichsville, Ohio.  The … Continue reading

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Train Wreck, 3–His Last Trip

Killed at New Albany North Y. while on duty for the Monon R. W. Co. EMORY L. SON OF J. N. & E. A. TITZEL BORN SEP. 15. 1880 DIED DEC. 20. 1902 HIS LAST TRIP C. R. Salyards of … Continue reading

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Train Wreck, 2

The Bohemian National Cemetery at Chicago, Illinois, practically has a small forest of tree-stump tombstones. They come in different styles and shapes, and some even in different materials and dot the old part of the cemetery. But, the one that … Continue reading

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Train Wreck

HUSBAND CHARLES A. HAGGERTY BORN AUG. 2, 1870 KILLED IN WOODS RUN WRECK APRIL 5, 1897 The small square-top tablet in the Union Dale Cemetery in Pittsburgh displays a bas-relief of a locomotive at the top of the gravestone—not just … Continue reading

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Frighten the evil spirits

Robert H. Richards January 18, 1830 – September 16, 1888 Josephine A. Rankin Richards August 12, 1833 – December 14, 1910 The Robert H. Richards mausoleum, built by H. Q. French and Company of New York, in the Oakland Cemetery … Continue reading

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