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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, 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

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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TWO GIRLS MEET DEATH IN FILM FIRE

LOTTIE HAM BORN Dec. 12, 1898. DIED Oct. 16, 1915 A precious one from us has gone A voice we love Is stilled, Her place is vacant In our home That Never can be filled. The gray granite monument to … Continue reading

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A Big Comfy Chair

Horace Francis Ebert 1853 – 1893 Mary Ellen Dennett Bachelder Ebert 1855 – 1905 Edith L. Ebert Mulno 1873 – 1899   The Ebert Family gravestone in the Lowell, Massachusetts City Cemetery, is a remarkable replica of a tufted chair … Continue reading

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Memorializing Victorian Children

The gravestones of children are the ones that are uniquely poignant.  It is not natural for  parents to have a child die before they do—children are the future.  The loss is devastating and leaves the parents bereft.  A hole is … Continue reading

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Murder in the Courtroom!

  NATHANIEL PARKER WILLIS AUGUST 21, 1868 JULY 27, 1909 “TRIED AND TRUE” GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS – – THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND (CHILD) JOHN 15:13 MURDERED IN A COURT OF JUSTICE, … Continue reading

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