Philly Cemetery Holds Stories of Titanic April 15, 2012Posted by admin in Cemeteries.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Some stories of survival and death can be found in Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of some of the passengers aboard the doomed RMS Titanic.
The body of Titanic passenger and prominent Philadelphia attorney William Crothers Dulles lies in a mausoleum at the cemetery on Ridge Avenue.
According to Gwen Kaminski of Laurel Hill Cemetery, Dulles had been in Italy to acquire horses for his breeding farm.
He was returning home to Philadelphia on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Dulles was among the 1,523 people who died when the ship sank on April 15th, 1912.
Dulles’ body was one of the only 328 bodies recovered.
“It was noted he was in a green suit, grey vest, he had a lot of gold jewelry on and that’s actually how he was identified because on his gold tie clip were his initials,” said Kaminski.
An Elkins Park family was also aboard Titanic. George Widener and his 27-year-old son Harry did not survive and their bodies were never recovered. George’s wife, Eleanor and her maid boarded life boat #4, the last to leave Titanic.
Cemetery Worker Stole Guitar From Army Vet’s Casket September 27, 2011Posted by admin in Cemeteries.
SEPTEMBER 26 — A Wisconsin cemetery worker allegedly removed a valuable Fender guitar from the casket of a 67-year-old Army veteran who died last week and had told family members that he wanted to be buried with the instrument, which was his “pride and joy,” according to court records.
Steven Conard, a 39-year-old grounds worker at the Allouez Catholic Cemetery, was arrested Saturday and charged with felony “theft from person or corpse.” Conard, who plays in a band, reportedly confessed to stealing the Fender Telecaster when confronted at his Green Bay home by Brown County Sheriff’s Department deputies.
“This isn’t something I normally do,” Conard said, according to a Circuit Court criminal complaint. “I just have a respect for fine musical instruments.”
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Doritos to be Sprinkled Over Their Creator’s Grave September 27, 2011Posted by admin in Cemeteries.
Arch West, of Dallas, is credited with creating the iconic snack chip after a family trip to San Diego in 1961.
According to West’s daughter, Jana Hacker of Allen, her father was a Frito-Lay marketing executive when he pitched the idea for Doritos after seeing fried tortilla chips in San Diego.
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Woman Steals Hearse With Body in Back September 21, 2011Posted by admin in Cemeteries.
A West Virginia woman stole a hearse from a funeral home, and made off with a dead body, too, police said.
The hearse’s driver left the vehicle’s door ajar and the engine running outside a local funeral Tuesday, police in Beckley said. That’s when Angela Dehart of Beaver allegedly jumped in and took off. Police said she drove home, and that they found the hearse and the body a couple hours later.
Police say DeHart, 23, told investigators she and another person had been in the area in another vehicle. She got out of that vehicle and took the hearse.
DeHart faces charges of grand larceny and displacement of a body.
Photos of The Old Guard as They Watch Over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier During Hurricane Irene August 28, 2011Posted by admin in Cemeteries.
Photos have emerged on Facebook of a lone Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), walking his tour in humble reverence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Irene in Arlington National Cemetery this afternoon. Members of The Old Guard have guarded the Tomb “every second, of every day regardless of weather or holidays” since April 6, 1948.
Army’s Old Guard photographing every Arlington grave August 26, 2011Posted by admin in Cemeteries.
Members of the U.S. Army’s Old Guard have taken up a new task, one that they perform at night in T-shirts and flip-flops and with iPhones in hand, according to a story by The Associated Press.
The soldiers are using iPhones to photograph the hundreds of thousands of grave markers and the front of thousands of sets of cremated remains in Arlington National Cemetery, the AP reports. It’s part of the Army’s effort to account for every grave and to update and digitize the cemetery’s maps.
The Old Guard performs its work at night to escape the summer heat and to avoid interrupting funerals, the AP says.
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Glossary of Cemetery Terms June 30, 2011Posted by admin in Cemeteries.
Do you know what a lich is? A polyandrium? What about a taphophile? (Are you one???) Check out this great link to learn more!
Guess the EVP #001 April 3, 2011Posted by admin in Cemeteries, EVPs.
This Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) was recorded by a Perceptive Paranormal Research investigator on an Olympus VN-3100PC Digital Voice Recorder. It was captured at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. We know what we think it says, but we would love to hear your opinions on it.