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Subject: [Q-R] Cemetery Report:June 15,2010 Holy Sepulchre Cemetery "Final Chapter"
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 09:46:02 EDT
A day after returning from vacation in Vermont for a week, I decided to
head back to Rochester and Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and yes, I finally finished
While in Vermont I saw the stone quarry where a good share of all cemetery
monument stone comes from and "Rock of Ages" where they make the stone into
beautiful cemetery monuments. You could watch the stone carvers and
artists at work. And while in the area I visited Hope Cemetery where they have
some fantastic monuments that are far from common. How about an automobile
carved from one block of stone? Its there amongst many others.
Out the big door at 4:34AM @ 56F/13C.
Landed at Tim's on Lake Ave. Rochester at 5:56Am, dry and sunny and
59F/16C. Enjoyed my eye opener of a large coffee and a great muffin.
Arrived at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at 6:14AM and got right to it. I was
not expecting to finish this place today. It has fooled me in the past how
long it would take and today was no exception. Its so heavily concentrated
John Bo Cpl. US Army WW2 Born Dec 29, 1917 and died May 19, 2009,
Prisoner of War.
Arthur L. Swamp Jr. 1953-2005(< so there had to have been a
biger swamp before him) (P).
Anthony L. Tabacco Born Oct 29, 1972 and died Sept 2,
Marlene M. Tutty 1939-2003.(< A Tutty is a Romanian pastry)
Michael Lakota Born Jan 5, 1920 and died March 2, 2006.(<
Not Jewish Indians.........)
Olga C. Pollock Born April 30, 1917 and died April 1, 2004.
Evelyn C. Victorious Born Aug 25, 1938 and died June 9, 2005
John H. Monks 1933-2005 (P).
Carl M. Yoder Born June 11, 1917 and died Nov 22, 2008
Betty J. Yoder Born Oct 4, 1919 and died April 16, 2004 (< Paula
Elizabeth M. Cupo 1930- _ _ _ _ .(< Guido, please bring to me
a cup 'o water)
Madelon Benedict 1925-1987.
Stanley J. Baron 1895-1987 WW1.(< Joan alert)
John Guyette US Army WW2 1920-1987.
"Reader, don't smile
But reflect at this tombstone you view
That death, who killed him, in a very short while
Will huddle a stone upon you."
William Williams 1894-1986(< more parent humour).
Conrad Leon F. Gagnon 1915-2000(< Nan alert)
Just had a chat with two of the cemetery workers. I found out that the area
along the Dewey Ave end of the cemetery isn't just decoration, that's
where the good Catholics buried all the unmentionables, derelicts, prostitutes,
poor etc. Communal grave and unmarked.........oh well, nothing new.
Frederick C. Godsave 1908-1990 (P).(" Godsave the Queen"
and all this time I thought they were talking about God, not a guy named
Godsave................ :) )
Edwin D. Spong 1907-2001 ( and if you didn't know "spong"
is a type of video game or a highly contagious disease.....................)
Gerard A. Thibault 1929-1992.
Joseph E. Laberge 1899-1984.
Florence C. Longdue 1894-1987.(< If you do a long due, you
may want to consult a Doctor)
Casimir J. Knitter Pvt. US Army Born March 6, 1889 and died
Dec 21, 1983 (P).
Ernest H. Elms 1925-1995 (P).(< Heard Ernie died of Dutch
9:17AM @ 59F/17C and I can now finally see the end of the cemetery.
Clair E. Seymour 1905-1980
Agnes S. Seymour 1907-1996 (< Al alert)
Donald F. Thibault WW2 1924-2009.
When I finally finished this cemetery, I went into the office to ask how
many they have buried in here. I was told they now have over 300,000. Imagine
I've read over 300,000 grave markers since I started this place.
Carl J. Lore 1955-1991 (P).(< This burial is questionable, it
could just be a bunch of folk-lore)
"We all must die, there is no doubt
Your glass is running, mine is out."
Frederick J. Ice 1933- _ _ _ _ . (P)( < I wonder if this
guy was on ice when he died?)
Al Albert B. Capone 1933- _ _ _ _ . (< imposter)
James F. Papineau Born Feb 21, 1928 and died Nov 7, 2008.
Lohn(< that's not a typo) F. Yoder 1st Lt. US Army,
Vietnam Born Aug 9, 1946 and died March 3, 1991 (< Paula alert)
Helen Josephine Okey Born Jan 30, 1917 and died Dec 7,
Mildred L. Upperman Born March 8, 1930 and died Dec 11,
Wayne K. Keating Sgt. US Army, Vietnam Born Jan 4, 1947
and died Nov 17, 1987 (< Joan alert).
Paul Spoto Pfc. US Army WW2 Born Aug 26, 1922 and died
Feb 16, 2007.(< Guido, you left a spoto on the chair)
10:43AM @ 60F/17C.
Anna Baron Born Nov 14, 1904 and died Feb 18, 2000
(< Joan alert)
Helen M. Lafler Born Aug 13, 1920 and died May 19, 1991.
Edna Rutherford Champagne 1922-1993.
I'm now done with all the ground burials and will take a look at their
second mausoleum which happens to be a two story building with an elevator. It
was humongous and all the rooms have motion detector lighting. It is an
awesome structure. But I found no one of interest in here.
Its now 11:52AM and I am finished with this "Land of No Tomorrows"
Today I walked an even 7 miles in here and its now 63F/24C. And picked up
I vacated this place at 12:10PM. 10 days to complete this 332 acre cemetery
and I got to say it is a gem as far as condition and care go.
Here are the total stats for this cemetery:
Total amount of time to do this whole cemetery since late last Fall till
now: 10 days.
Population: 330,000+..................and still dying.................
Animals seen & photographed: deer, geese, chip monks, hawks, few grass
snakes, turkeys and lots of different birds.
Condition of this massive "Dead Estate" as close to perfect as you could
The people that worked there all seemed friendly. As well as all the dead
folks that are there :) . < I always get along well with them.
Encountered no spirits nor ghosts.
1st trip to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery was on Nov 22, 2009. 5.5 miles & 9
2nd trip Nov. 29, 2009 9.5 miles & 9 flags.
3rd trip March 28, 2010 10.9 miles & 33 flags.
4th trip April 11, 2010 11.7 miles & 378 flags.
5th trip April 18, 2010 12.9 miles & 20 flags.
6th trip April 27, 2010 16.3 miles & 11 flags.
7th trip May 3, 2010 14.3 miles & 118 flags.
8th trip May 10, 2010 18.9 miles & 111 flags.
9th trip May 24, 2010 15.3 miles
10th and final trip 7 miles & 78 flags.
Total walking 122.3 miles to get through this entire place.
Picked up 758 flags in 10 days.
As for driving miles, it totaled 1,950 miles for ten trips to Rochester.
Damn, no wonder I got tired !
12:53PM brings me to Webster Rural Cemetery on Ridge Rd. & Holt Rd. just
off of Rt. 104 and its 64F/25C.
Samuel Sprague 1868-1926.
" Here lies Matthew Mudd
Death did him no hurt
When he was alive he was Mudd
But now he's only dirt."
Hicks M. Pinkley 1862-1933.
Loyall G. Bailey 1907-1989.
Mary Gass 1850-1926.(< no smoking allowed near her grave)
Lodisa P. Wright 1850-1938.
Alice O. Freel 1925-1973.
Oliver L. Winney 1864-1923.
Now here's something you might get a kick out of. I read a lot and one
thing that catches my attention when there's a hot topic is Deep Genealogy.
What I mean by that is origins. Not just the 100-400 year span all of us
strive for in our family trees. Anthropologists, archeologists, historians are
always getting into fights and arguments about origins and how people got
where etc. I like reading the final arguments and after years of fighting and
trying to prove their thoughts and ideas, what's the results. Usually not
the stuff that makes the newspaper or nightly news. But, something they
finally came up with that all those people have been working on around 20
years now and using DNA testing etc. They have undisputed proof. I find this
startling, interesting and very historic and yet it never made the news.
Remember the lost tribe of Isreal? They found them and you'll never guess
where or who they are. American Cherokee Indians, weird eh ! They all carry the
"Jew Gene" as the scientists refer to it. There is a ton of things to
report about this finding but the main spotlight is they proved the Cherokees
are the lost tribe through DNA testing.
One of the easiest source materials to find this in is "Ancient American
Magazine" subtitled "Archeology of the Americas Before Columbus" issue
Vol.14, No. 86. That's the one on the news stand right now. For this issue
just about the whole magazine is devoted to this subject.
< Now there's some Deep Genealogy...................
Esbon O. Simmons 1872-1962.
Newman Dryer Mandeville 1848-1907.
" Here lies a Foote
Whose death may thousands save
For death now has one Foote
Within the grave."
Rev. William Wall Mandeville 1812-1894.
Fransina E. Norton Born Dec 18, 1855 and died June 15, 1903.
Gifford W. Bloomer 1899-1980.
Abergene C. Randolph died June 18, 1839 age 6 months and
Leora W. Pellett 1871-1931.
Helena Bartels Born at Bremen, Germany Sept 12, 1837 and
died April 25, 1928.
William Klick Born May 22, 1856 and died May 4, 1905.
Charles D. Papapanu 1882-1916.
Safford F. Mason 1832-1903.
Ruama Harvey 1830-1916.
Alansing Rowell 1846-1882 Civil War Vet.
Alonzo LeBarron 1842-1933 (< Joan alert)
Zebina M. Cook 1832-1896.
Romeyn Hicks died April 7, 1866 age 22 years.
Northrop St John died Aug 23, 1852 age 77 years.
"Ya remember a guy named Pliny? No, not my Great Great Uncle Pliny on Moms
side, but Pliny the Younger. He thought ghosts were, "..........only the
visionary impression of a terrified imagination........."
And then Shelley writes.............."ghosts do creep out of the invisible,
and return for a little space to that human atmosphere, which perhaps some
of them may have left many a year ago with regret and sorrow.
Mamylee Schrader 1896-1921.
Cliff W. Sams 1907-1974.
Henry Hendee died April 11, 1854 age 51 years 3 days.
Marlette Down 1880-1952 (P).
" Here lies John Bunn
He was killed by a gun
His name was not Bunn, but his real name was Wood
But Wood would not rhyme with gun
So I thought Bun Wood."
Reka Luke 1876-1935.
Myron Sprague 1877-1948.
Mareau B. Marlette died Oct 29, 1859 age 24 years.
John R. Gent 1903-1954.
Louise Buff 1879-1950.
Isaac J. Dubois 1912-1982.
Agnes R. Wimett(< OUIMET) 1923-1961 (P) (< Denis
Gordon L. Fortier 1899-1961.
Adelbert Lemoyne 1887-1960.
Lygia P. Bippes 1919-1993.
Romayne Larose 1911-1981.
Thais W. Stingle 1915-2005.
Thomas O. Southern 1937-_ _ _ _ .(P)
Marie Jeanne Dubuc Fafard 1904-1993.
Anthony M. Labue Pfc. US Army WW2, Born April 29,
1918 and died June 6, 1975.
John B. Kenny "Famous Reporter" 1908-1979.
"This is what I expected,but not so soon."
Arland L. Morgan 1914-2002.
Nancy A. Guess Born Jan 20, 1940 and died Oct 12,
2003.(P)( <Guess who?)
Xury Finley 1929-2003.
Brinley Butcher 1909-1991.
Harry R. Lefler 1900-1989.
Esca N. Riker 1901-2001.
Alwin W. Beach Born April 22, 1917 and died Oct 30, 1997.
Leroy M. Dunkle 1895-1958(< when you dunk your donut in
coffee, is called a "Dunkle")
Lewis J. Lefler 1891-1979
Maude J. Lefler 1893-1965.
Tip E. Wagar 1897-1968 (P).
Dennis Labar 1873-1957.
John Showerman 1872- 19_ _ (P).(< that's me after a day in
Laurmarie Finch 1902-1987.
George Cooman 1865-1954.
"Reader cash thou art
In want of any
Dig 4 feet deep
And thou wilt find a Penny".
Grave of John Penny.
Peter Tack 1870-1941(P).(< Gee, Peter Tack, whatcha' think
Orlo H. Adams 1882-1963
Waitie V. Adams 1881-1955.
Addis V. Adams Sr. 1903-1983.
Harland R. Martin 1893-1962.
Arthur R. Blades Sr. 1899-1976 (P).
Howard Langlois 1864-1935
Amelia Loy Langlois 1866-1931.
Esca M. Ross 1897-1984.
Walter R. Diver 1873-1955 (P).
James M. Brush 1923- _ _ _ _ (P).
Joseph A. Proulx 1907-1977.
Walked 6.5 miles in this "Intimidating Pasture", picked up 6 flags and
vacated at 4:53PM.
Gee, and what's across the street but a Barnes & Noble, arrived 4:57PM and
out at 5:23PM.
Got home at 7PM and drove 191 miles for the day.
Another great day with the dead.
Bill 13.5 miles walking for the day.