Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lake View Cemetery 13 (12/20-21/2017)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
A sunny day and the temperature was above freezing, so we went one more time to Lake View Cemetery to find a few additional significant persons.
Christopher A Columbi, Jr (1942-1991)
Christopher Alexander Columbi, Jr is notable for appearing in the movie, The Deer Hunter (1978), which was partially filmed in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.
The lake behind Wade Chapel is beginning to freeze
An interesting grave marker: a ledger book marked closed,
for Frank B Gay (1855-1881)
Tree roots taking over these grave markers
Zelma George (1904-1994)
Zelma Watson George was born in Texas, but her family moved frequently because her father was a Baptist minister. She received a degree in sociology at the University of Chicago, and then studied the pipe organ and voice. She obtained a Master's degree in personnel administration and a PhD in sociology at New York University, and subsequently earned multiple honorary degrees. Zelma married attorney Clayborne George who was President of the Cleveland Civil Service Commission, and she became active in civic affairs.
 Zelma George received a Rockefeller foundation grant to study African-American music. Later she wrote the musical drama Chariot's A'Comin!, which was locally aired on television in Cleveland in 1949. She is known to be the first African-American woman to act in a traditionally white role, in Gian-Carlo Menotti's opera The Medium at the Karamu Theater in Cleveland and the Edison Theatre in New York City. George was honored with the Merit Award of the National Association of Negro Musicians. She also acted as adviser to President Dwight D Eisenhower and was a member of various national and government committees concerned with women, youth, and African-Americans.
Notably, George was an alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1960-1961. She received numerous awards for her accomplishments, including the Dag Hammarskj√∂ld Award in 1961, the Dahlberg Peace Award in 1963, and the Mary Bethune Gold Medallion in 1973. George was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1983.
Gloria Pressman (1923-1991)
Gloria Hershey Pressman might have been more than wife to Wesley Pressman of Shaker Heights, and mother of Brad Pressman, both podiatrists. Although difficult to verify, she may be the child star Mary Ann Jackson, who had a role in the Hal Roach Little Rascals movies. Apparently she had a scrapbook with autographs from all the movie stars of the era, and she looked like Mary Ann Jackson, as did her son. Good enough for me!
Wade Chapel doors decorated for the holidays

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Almeda C Adams (1865-1949)
Almeda Adams was born in Pennsylvania, and lost her sight at the age of six months. She was educated at the State School for the Blind in Columbus, OH. Adams sold over 2,00 subscriptions to the Ladies Home Journal to win a contest providing her with two years at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. After teaching piano and voice at the University of Nebraska, she moved to Cleveland to teach music in the local settlement houses. In 1912, with the assistance of Adella P Hughes and the Fortnightly Musical Club, Adams established the Cleveland Music School Settlement that provided free or inexpensive musical training for the Cleveland’s immigrant population, especially children. It was initially housed in the Goodrich Settlement House. Adams made three European tours in 1926 as chaperone for a voice student. The letters she wrote to friends at home became a book, Seeing Europe Through Sightless Eyes (1929). In it she described her reactions to the continent's great art, much of which she had been allowed to touch by such museums as the Vatican.
The Stone family monument
Flora Amelia Stone Mather
inscription on the monument
Flora Stone Mather (1852-1909)
Flora Amelia Stone Mather was a daughter of Amasa Stone, a wealthy Cleveland banker and builder of railroads and bridges. Her sister, Clara, married John Hay, who was the private secretary to President Abraham Lincoln, and Secretary of State under President William McKinley. Flora married Samuel Livingston Mather, a wealthy businessman with shipping and mining interests in the Great Lakes region. Her family had membership in the Old Stone Church and were active in philanthropy.
Flora founded the Goodrich Settlement House in 1896, and supported the Hiram House, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and the Consumers League of Ohio.
She also supported many activities of Western Reserve University (which her father financed to have brought to Cleveland), including the Advisory Council, College for Women (renamed Mather College in her honor in 1931), Adelbert College, as well as Hathaway Brown School and Lakeside Hospital School of Nursing. She financed construction of the Guilford Cottage (later Guilford House), a dormitory on the Case Western Reserve University campus named in honor of her former teacher, and Haydn Hall, in honor of the pastor at Old Stone Church.
Higbee family monument
Edwin C Higbee (1837-1906)
Edwin Converse Higbee founded Higbee and Hower Dry Goods with John Hower in Public Square in 1860. In 1902 it was reorganized as The Higbee Company and moved to Playhouse Square across the street from the rival Halle Brothers Co. The Van Sweringen brothers acquired Higbees in 1929 and relocated the store to their new Terminal Tower on Public Square.
Henry D Coffinberry (1841-1912)
Henry Darling Coffinberry joined the navy during the Civil War and served on the ironclad gunboat Louisville on the Mississippi River. He started as the master's mate and was promoted through the ranks until he was its commanding officer. After the war, he partnered in several mercantile and manufacturing businesses, eventually becoming the financial officer of a company building ships. Coffinberry devised a new type of ship made of iron and steel to ply the waters of the Great Lakes, and thus was one of the pioneers of the modern lake freighter. He became president and financial manager of the company that was incorporated as the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company in 1888 and later became the American Ship Building Company. Coffinberry was also a member of the first board of five commissioners of Cleveland, a director of the State Bank and a member of the Board of Industry of Cleveland.
Home of a giant squirrel?
Tullis family monument
Richard Barclay Tullis (1913-1999)
(It's hard to believe his wife could still be alive...
oh, she passed away in Vero Beach, FL in 2015)
Richard Tullis was born in Illinois. He was president of the Miller Printing and Machinery Co. in Pittsburgh when he moved to Cleveland in 1956 as vice president of what was then Harris-Seybold and later Harris Corp. He became president in 1961, chief executive in 1968 and chairman in 1972. In 1978 the company moved to Melbourne, FL. After retirement, Tullis returned to Cleveland to be chairman of the board of trustees and executive committee for University Circle Inc., which he headed from 1980-1989.
Tullis took a strong interest in the development of Cleveland. In the aftermath of the Hough riots of 1966, he worked with the Hough Area Development Corp. by contributing seed money to construct housing units for families on Blaine and Wade Park Avenues. As chairman of University Circle Inc., he was involved in the construction of 1,100 housing units for low-income and disabled residents. Tullis was a trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin Wallace College, the Urban League and the City Club of Cleveland.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Magic of Lights (12/19/2017)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
This year's holiday event was the Magic of Lights display at the Victory Sports Park in North Ridgeville, OH. It appears to be only the second year for this spectacle of holiday lights, where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to programs and services at University Hospital's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.
We were one of the first 200 people to enter on Treat Tuesday, and each received a free donut from Jack Frost Donuts!
Entrance to the Magic of Lights
General view
Video of the Nativity:
Video of basketball (it is a sports park, after all!)
Beginning of the Twelve Days of Christmas
Video of Santa on a motorcycle:
The exit "tunnel"
Video through the tunnel of lights:

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Lake View Cemetery 12 (12/3/2017)

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Another fine day, and we hoped to finish finding the grave markers on our long list for Lake View Cemetery. However, now we have discovered a Nature Trail that we will have to explore on another day!
William G Keller (1876-1963)
William Keller was born in Buffalo, NY and served in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. He was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor because he "gallantly assisted in the rescue of the wounded from in front of the lines and under heavy fire of the enemy."
Garrett A Morgan Sr (1877-1963)
Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr, an African-American, was born in Kentucky and moved as a teenager to Cincinnati to find work, managing to get a tutor to continue his studies. After moving to Cleveland about 1897, he repaired sewing machines. In 1907 he opened his own sewing machine and shoe repair shop, and later expanded to make and sell women's clothing. Morgan helped found the Cleveland Association of Colored Men in 1908. When there was a tunnel explosion under Lake Erie in 1916, those who attempted a rescue became victims themselves to the smoke. Someone who remembered Morgan's invention of a Safety Hood, called him in the middle of the night. He arrived with his brother and four hoods that took in air from a series of tubes that reached to floor level, and filtered and cooled the air with a wet sponge. The Morgans along with two volunteers were able to pull out several men, saving their lives. This invention was later refined as a gas mask used in World War I. Morgan also developed a hair-straightening product, and a traffic signal with a third cautionary light, later selling the rights to General Signal.
Ready for the holidays
Beidler family plot
Jacob Atlee Beidler (1852-1912)
Jacob Beidler was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio in 1873 as a coal dealer. In 1881 he was elected a member of the Willoughby city council, and later served three terms in the United States House of Representatives (1901-1907).
Ball family plot
Ernest R Ball (1878-1927)
Ernest Roland Ball studied at the Cleveland Conservatory before moving to New York City as a singer and songwriter. He composed the music for "Will You Still Love Me in December as You Do In May?" with lyrics written by James J Walker (later to become Mayor of New York). He is best known for "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" (lyrics by Chauncey Olcott). Ball was a charter member of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers/ASCAP in 1914. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
Hutchins family monument
John Hutchins (1812-1891)
John Hutchins attended Western Reserve College and studied law. He was clerk of the common pleas court for Trumbull County (1838–1843), and was a member of the Ohio state house of representatives (1849-1850). Hutchins was elected to two terms in the United States House of Representatives (1859-1863).
"Not Dead; But Just Beginning to Live"
Carabelli family monument
Joseph Carabelli (1850-1911)
Joseph Carabelli was born in Italy and immigrated to the United States at age 20, trained as a stonemason. He worked ten years in New York City, creating sculptures for the Federal Building. In 1880 he moved to Cleveland and established the Lake View Granite & Monumental Works, attracting a group of Italian stone cutters who settled in what became "Little Italy." As a leader in the neighborhood, Carabelli established a nursery and kindergarten in 1895 for working mothers. With the assistance of John D Rockefeller, the nursery grew into the Alta House, a settlement house for new immigrants. Carabelli served  one term in the United States House of Representatives, and was responsible for the bill making Columbus Day a holiday.
Among Carabelli's surviving works are the Haserot Memorial in Lake View Cemetery, the Civil War Memorial in Elyria, and the Civil War Memorial in Willoughby.
William Ganson Rose (1878-1957)
William Rose graduated from Adelbert College of Western Reserve University in 1901, and was dramatic editor of the Plain Dealer from 1902-07. In 1915 he established an advertising and public-relations firm, working with banks and private industries. He also managed fairs and expositions, including Cleveland's Industrial Exposition (1909) and the first Electrical Exposition (1914). He also directed the cultural, educational, and entertainment features of the Cleveland Sesquicentennial (1946). Rose served on the City Planning Commission in 1915, and was president of the Cleveland Advertising Club (1914-16) and program chairman of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce from 1927-57.
Sun shining through a stained glass window of a mausoleum
Kirtland family plot
Kirtland family monument (and on the other side is Pease)
Another difficult-to-find grave marker, since earlier we did not think to check the back of the Pease family monument!
Jared Potter Kirtland (1793-1877)
Jared Kirtland was born in Connecticut, and was a member of the first class of the Yale School of Medicine. He moved to Ohio in 1823, was elected to the Ohio house of representatives for three terms (1829-1835), where he advocated prison reform. In 1837 he moved to Cincinnati to teach at the Medical College of Ohio, then to teach at the Willoughby Medical School. In 1844 with John Delameter, Horace Ackley, and John Cassels, he founded Cleveland Medical College, the medical department of Western Reserve College, where he was a professor of medicine until his retirement in 1864. Kirtland was a founder and president of the Kirtland Society of Natural History and the Cleveland Academy of Natural Science (later to become the Cleveland Museum of Natural History).  A species of bird (Setophaga kirtlandii/Kirtland's Warbler) and two of snakes (Clonophis kirtlandii/Kirtland's Snake and Thelotornis kirtlandii/Forest Vine Snake) have been named for him.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Lake View Cemetery 11 (12/2/2017)

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Taking advantage of crisp, sunny weather to find more "VIP" grave markers in Lake View Cemetery.
John Crowell (1801-1883)
John Crowelll was born in Connecticut, but moved with his parents to Ohio. He studied law and was editor of the Western Reserve Chronicle in Warren. He was a member of the state Senate in 1840, then served two terms in the United States House of Representatives (1847-1951). He was also editor of the Western Law Monthly (Cleveland).  In 1863 Crowell purchased the Ohio State and Union Law College, acting as president until his retirement in 1876.
Someone gave Julia Louise a scarf (KSS)
Lycurgus L Marshall (1888-1958)
Lycurgus Luther Marshall graduated in law from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and was brother and law partner of John D Marshall. Lycurgus was a Ohio state representative from 1921-22, and then a state senator from 1923-1925 where he is noted for introducing a bill to allow motion pictures to be shown on Sundays. He also served one term in the United States House of Representatives (1939-1941).
John D Marshall (1885-1961)
John Marshall graduated in law from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and was brother and law partner of Lycurgus L Marshall. John served 12 years as a city councilman in Cleveland (1921-1933), and under the city manager plan, while he was resident of the council (1925-1933) he was the Mayor of Cleveland.
Edward Blythin (1884-1958)
Edward J Blythin was born in Wales, where he was educated and became a bookkeeper. He immigrated to the United States where he continued to work while attending Cleveland Law School at night. In 1940 he became the city law director, and upon the resignation of the Mayor of Cleveland, Blythin automatically succeeded to the position to finish the term. In 1949 he was elected judge in the common pleas court and continued there until his death.
Theodatus Garlick (1805-1884)
Theodatus Garlick, MD was born in Vermont and graduated from medical school from the University of Maryland in 1834. In the early 1850s he moved to Cleveland, and was elected a member of the Board of Censors of the Cleveland Medical College and vice president of the Cleveland Academy of Natural Sciences. His specialty was plastic surgery, where he pioneered methods including with harelips. Garlick also is known as the first in America to breed fish by artificial methods. He had a talent for sculpting and created over 60 anatomical models, still found in medical colleges across the country. In 1939 he made the first daguerreotype in the United States, after constructing the apparatus himself. Despite suffering a disease of the spinal nerves, he worked through pain in a recumbent position to sculpt his masterpiece, a bust of Jared Potter Kirtland, in 1874.
John Strong Newberry (1822-1892) (oops, wrong grave marker!)
John Strong Newberry was born in Connecticut but spent most of his life in the Western Reserve. He graduated from the Cleveland Medical School in 1848. He then studied medicine, botany and paleontology in Paris for two years. In 1855 he was appointed surgeon and geologist to an exploring party in northern California and Oregon, and in 1857 he did similar work in the region of the Colorado river. He joined an expedition in 1859 that explored southwestern Colorado and adjacent parts of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, and was the first geologist to see the Grand Canyon.
During the Civil War, Newberry was elected a member of the United States Sanitary Commission, in charge of supplying hospitals and military facilities. In 1866 he was appointed professor of geology and paleontology at the Columbia School of Mines (later Columbia University) where he started a collection of specimens to create a museum. He became the state geologist of Ohio in 1869 and was awarded the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London in 1888. Newberry Crater, Oregon (now in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument) was named in his honor in 1903.
The Newberry monument is dedicated to 1st Lieutenant
Roger Cleveland Newberry of the United States Army Air Force
who was shot  down in North Africa during World War II
Adella Prentiss Hughes (1869-1950)
Adella Hughes grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Vassar College in 1890 with a degree in music. An accomplished pianist, she toured Europe to further her education. Returning to Cleveland in 1891, she continued as a professional accompanist and soloist, but also organized concerts and other entertainment such as operas, symphonies, ballets and orchestras, playing at Grays Armory.
She founded the Musical Arts Association in 1915, and created the Cleveland Orchestra three years later. With the orchestra needing its own concert space, Hughes raised enough funds not only to build a concert hall (Severance Hall), but also to establish an endowment for the maintenance of the building.
Hmm, the pen forest is growing at Harvey Pekar's grave marker!
Samuel Andrews (1836-1904)
(This one was a challenge to find as the mausoleum is unmarked!)
Samuel Andrews was born in England and arrived in Cleveland in 1857, where he invested $4,000 in an oil refinery with John D Rockefeller and Maurice B Clark. Andrews is credited with inventing the chemical process called fractional distillation, which is the separation of crude oil into its components. With his technical expertise and Rockefeller's financing and marketing, the company grew into Standard Oil. After a falling out in 1874, Andrews sold his interest in the company to Rockefeller for $1 million. He used his fortune to build one of Cleveland's largest mansions (1885), nicknamed "Andrews' Folly" because of its poor design and costly maintenance. He abandoned the property in 1898 and it was razed in 1923.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Long Post Thanksgiving Weekend (11/23-29/2017)

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!
We had the traditional meal at noon (with Brynne), then we started our drive to New England. We stopped in Utica, NY to spend the night.

Friday, November 24, 2017
We arrived in Rhode Island where our first stop was at Caserta's for a Wimpy Skippy! Then we headed to Tiverton where Erich, Dylan and Pete were staying with their mom/nana for Thanksgiving. This was our opportunity to have Erich go through some of his Grandma S's jewelry. It also gave us a chance to see Dylan and Pete.
Old Colony House (1741, designed by Richahrd Munday) in Newport, RI,
was initially the home of the colonial assembly then alternated as the
state legislature with Providence until the Statehouse was built in 1900
Statue of Oliver Hazard Perry (1883, by
William Green Turner)
Knowles-Perry House (c. 1750) was acquired by Oliver Perry's father
close to 1800 and both Oliver Hazard and his brother
Matthew Calbraith spent their childhoods here before
embarking on distinguished naval careers
A boat decorated for the Newport Harbor Illuminated Boat Parade
Another decorated boat in Newport Harbor
Even the little guys could join the parade
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Erich and the boys headed back to Maryland early this morning. We were staying with Kyle and Katrina, and Lula and Sailor, their two cats.
We attended the “Kill The 'Trump Tax Scam' Rally” at the RI Statehouse. Ah, preaching to the choir...
Rally at the RI Statehouse (KSS)
It's too bad that those who will be most hurt by the
Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts, are the ones who don't know any better (KSS)
Katrina and Kyle at the Arcade (KSS)
A stop at the AS220 Project Space and Reading Room:
Perfectly Preserved Sea Shore #2 (by Scott Lapham) (KSS)
Floatsam (by Scott Lapham)
The Fainting Room installation by Jennifer Avery,
in the Reading Room, in which Katrina will
have an installation in August 2018

Sunday, November 26, 2017
Another day with Katrina and Kyle, which included a stop at the RISD Museum.
Coffeepot (c. 1955, by John Prip), is
actually highly polished silver with an
ebony handle, but it is reflecting skin tones
Exine (2008, by Paul Morrison) is a mural covering three walls
The Altered States Exhibit included the tools
of engraver Theodore Roussel
This is the result from the above copper etching
Stained glass windows (1904, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) from the
Darwin D Martin House in Buffalo, NY; supposedly based
on the "Tree of Life" motif; however, they gave me pause because
typically the branches are angled up, but these "cascade down"
From the Line of Thought: Drawings from Michelangelo to Now From the British Museum Exhibit:
Studies from the Last Judgment (1534, by Michelangelo)
The Virgin and Christ Child with a Cat (c. 1478-1481,
by Leonardo da Vinci) showing three alternatives
to placement of the head of Mary
"All tastes like dust in the mouth/ All strikes like iron in the mind"
from the Back of Beyond series (1954, by Sidney Nolan) (KSS)
Sailor wants to play, but Lula takes it too seriously
Sailor has extra toes, looking like
thumbs on the forepaws (KSS)
And tiny extras toes (between Katrina's thumb and
forefinger) on the hindfoot (KSS)
 Monday, November 27, 2017
Breakfast was at the Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI
We stopped at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA to see Gillette Stadium
(home of the NFL New England Patriots) and The Hall (KSS)
Tamiko's clunky shoe next to the size 17
footprint of Richard Seymour
Gillette Stadium
A Patriot cooks up a tuna
(wouldn't a dolphin make more sense?)
Kent at Tom Brady's locker mock-up
Tamiko at Ron Gronkowski's locker mock-up (KSS)
FIVE Super Bowl trophies! (they are actually silver...)
The 2016-2017 Super Bowl Ring

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
After spending a comfortable night in Ashland, MA with the P family, we headed to Brooklyn, NY.
Lower Manhattan skyline from the Whitestone Bridge,
dominated by the new One World Trade Center
We arrived at about the same time as Ryan and Maddy, with Fiona, back from their traditional trip to see Grandpa S in Pensacola, FL.
Fiona kept us entertained
Massive sycamore trees in Msgr McGolrick Park
All ready for Christmas!
We had dinner at Beco, a Brazilian restaurant, which was excellent!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Breakfast was at The Bagel Shop that specialized in
these rainbow bagels and unusual flavors
Bacon, egg and cheese bagel!
This were we fortified for the drive back to Ohio!

Friday, December 1, 2017
Kent and Gus discovered a flock of chickens
during their walk in the neighborhood! (KSS)