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Although I am not a famous person (that I know of), I have famous people in my family. My brother Bill, was the drummer for the music group the Grateful Dead, and my mother's father was Clark Shaughnessy, the football coach.|
!!PS-If I submit additional data to a memorial you manage, and you choose to post/add it, please DO NOT attribute my name-I AM JUST A LOWLY STAGEHAND IN THE WINGS.
"It feels kind of like a sacred calling, honoring all of the lives that came before us."-Kendra Anderson daughter of Gale Marshall (nee Hartley) Anderson, step-sister.
~~~SAN FRANCISCO RESEARCH~~~
For research in the San Francisco area, I highly recommend the SFGenealogy website, where there are nooks and crannies stuffed with information. The site includes the surrounding counties as well.
~~SF-A genealogist's nightmare
All cemeteries (except Mission Delores) within the city limits were eventually moved elsewhere-mostly to San Mateo County, which now has the distinction of having more dead people than living. This newspaper article marks the beginning of the end of San Francisco's burial grounds:
TWO VOTE MARGIN KILLS CEMETERIES
SACRAMENTO, April 17.—With the bare margin of only two more votes than the number required to carry the group of acts known as the "San Francisco cemetery removal bills" was passed by the senate late this afternoon after a debate lasting several hours. The final roll call showed 23 ayes and 11 noes, with six senators absent or not voting. The purpose of the bills is to provide a legal method for removing the bodies from the cemeteries of pioneer days, and which now are in the midst of the growing city. ... Senator Campbell, Juilliard, Shanahan and Curtin spoke against the bills.
--SF Call, Vol. 113, No. 139, 18 April 1913,p.7
CEMETERIES HAVE RIGHTS
A. J. Gunnison Declares It Is the Work of Rivals in San Mateo County.
The petition now before the Supervisors asking that the cemeteries in this City be practically closed was branded yesterday by A. J. Gunnison, the venerable president of Laurel Hill Cemetery, as an attempt on the part of "designing persons interested in a new burial place in San Mateo County" to hurt an institution belonging by all right to the people of San Francisco in the interest of a private enterprise.
Mr. Gunnison talked as one overcome with contempt and disgust at the proceedings, ...
"We organized under the rural cemetery act of California," he said, "and that gives us the right for all time to have a cemetery. So where can a local Board of Supervisors come in and control us in any way? Every dollar received for land sold to lot owners has been spent on the cemetery — first for the land itself, then for beautifying the grounds. I have been over twenty years president of Laurel Hill Cemetery and never received a cent for my work as an officer. The cemetery is for the benefit Of the people of San Francisco. After thirty or forty years we have paid for all the land and now every dollar received goes to beautifying the grounds. ... " A man named Noble, ... buys a tract of land down somewhere in San Mateo County and opens a cemetery. These people "who own this burial place are not like us— ...
"The City and County of San Francisco sold to the Laurel Hill Cemetery Association this identical property for $28,000, which sum was paid to the City by us. The City deeded the land to the cemetery for all time as a 'rural cemetery' under the State law. ... "Does San Francisco wish that to go down to posterity as the honesty of the men now in office in San Francisco? And for the simple purpose of enabling stock speculators in an outside cemetery to make money? ...
"Does your association propose to defend itself legally?" ... I do not propose to spend money to fight it if the City and County of San Francisco will sanction their Supervisors' act to destroy the very deeds which were given by the City for the benefit of the people, and for which the City was paid an enormous price. We shall not step in and place ourselves in the position to spend individual money to prevent the disgrace to rest upon the City, believing we have done our duty. That means, if the City of San Francisco wishes to ruin the name of the City of San Francisco let the people themselves ruin it. ...
--San Francisco Call, Vol. 79, No. 47, 16 Jan. 1896
SON OF NAPOLEON SLEEPS IN GRAVE IN LAUREL HILL
Scion of "Little Corporal" by His English Affinity Came to San Francisco as a Jeweler and His Neglected Tomb Occupies Obscure Corner in the Cemetery.
Curator Barron and Other Speakers Tell Members of Outdoor Art League at Monument to Senator Broderick Honored Dead Shall Not Be Molested
In an obscure corner of Laurel Hill cemetery is a neglected grave, unmarked, quite like hundreds of others in the same tract, yet this one holds the body of a son of Napoleon BONAPARTE, conqueror of Europe. Prof. George Barron, curator of the museum in Golden Gate park, surprised several hundred members of the Outdoor Art league ...
Since Napoleon's death historians of French government have acknowledged the birth of this son of their former leader and have pointed out that he was born soon after Napoleon was sent to St. Helena, and that he died in San Francisco and was buried in Laurel Hill. ..
--San Francisco Call, Volume 113, Number 100, 10 March 1913
A photograph of a grave marker preserves history and tells a story. Find A Grave has dedicated volunteers but always needs more. Here is a how-to page on photographing stones in cemeteries-
How To Get Great Photos For FindaGrave
And for reading the story in the stone:
Symbols and carvings in gravestones
We were a part of the "Germans to America" wave although a bit late-1886 was the immigration year of my great grandfather, Dr. Henrich Josef Kreutzmann from Frankfurt am Main, Germany to San Francisco via the 'Gellert'. As I add names to the tree, I've noticed frequent Irish-German connections. My best guess why is that both like their ale and naturally become drinking buddies :).
My Family Tree can be found at Rootsweb World Connect Project-
The San Francisco Kreutzmanns.
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|Olin E. Hartley||RE: Hannah Hartley Pine|
No, I don't mind at all.
Anyway, we have it handled. I do have one more favor to ask of you. I put in a request for a photo of her headstone and saw that you had already did that. The favor: If someone fulfills your request, would you please let me know so that I can add it to my Family Tree. Otherwise, I may not see it.
Good to have a friend like you.
|Kevin Finch||Frank & Estelle Dennis|
I fulfilled your request's for Frank & Estelle today. The stone is very difficult to read in person, let alone on a photo. I tried wetting the stone with water and a cloth, which helped some, but is still difficult to see.
|Neil D Scheidt||Samuel Bobst Transfer|
|sandlotball||RE: Duplicate memorial Severin Pattersen|
You too - but you sort of have nice weather all year round !
|SleepingDog||William H. Meeker #139140549|
I found some information about Mr. Meeker from the April 1, 1905 New York Times that you might be interested in. He had been a popular actor at one time. The article/obit follows:
"WILLIAM H. MEEKER, eighty-three years old, a retired actor, died yesterday at his home in New Rochelle. He was a tragedian in Shakespearian and other high-class plays, and had supported Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, Edwin Forrest, E.L. Davenport, and Mrs. Gilbert. He was the best known Uncle Tom in his day, and supported Mrs. G.C. Howard, the original Topsy, and wife of the man who dramatized "Uncle Tom's Cabin" He had a career of more than forty (illegible) years."
Maybe you could add some of that to his entry so that he won't be forgotten for his acting.
Hi, I see you knew Diane Brown. My aunt was married to her deceased brother Wendell. You may know her.. Sandra, Her child are Jeff and Gidget. Thanks.
Added by Casey on Jan 29, 2015 7:32 AM
|Olin E. Hartley||Samuel C. Hartley|
Hi Marcialyn -
It's been a good while since we chatted and I'm getting forgettable.
Did you once tell me that there isn't a headstone for Samuel in the Solebury Friends Burying Grounds?See Find A Grave Memorial# 133828927. He was my 1st cousin, (5x). If not, I'm going ahead and request a photo but will wait till I hear back from you as there are quite a few requests in for that cemetery.
In the meantime, have a Great New Year.
|sandlotball||RE: Marcialyn's VC|
What can I say ? On a website filled with too many unpleasant people, you remain, as you were when I first joined, one of the nicest people here. Thank you for helping once again.
I'm going to use your requests 1 more time before Christmas, then that's it till spring !
|jerseygirl||RE: 54360306 Sam B. Olmstead|
Thanks so much for the article and pic for Samuel B Olmstead! I greatly appreciate you sharing them with me. You have a great bio, which I enjoyed reading! Pam
|ENZita||RE: Thank you!|
Thanks so much for taking them on! I've seen that you're a very good, conscientious and caring manager. There are still more to come and I think more photos to upload. Will try to get it done soon.
Happy holidays to you too!
Added by ENZita on Dec 02, 2014 9:45 PM
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