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J McL (#46959617)
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Bio Photo I fell into this ancestry thing 7 yrs ago when a cousin in Brazil asked for the dates of our grandmother's birth & death. It snowballed from there into family trees, etc. and researching our history, both for my husband and myself. Then when I began photographing graves, someone from RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) told me if I was doing my family graves then it would benefit others to photograph graves in the same cemetery! So another hobby was born as if I didn't have enough to do anyway! I am recovering from cancer & I find (& have always found) cemeteries restful, interesting and peaceful on a sunny day...and this gives me a chance to have a hobby that I am passionate about that I can work on at my own pace. Thanks to all the Find A Grave volunteers!
By the way, I am very pleased to make links, suggestions & transfers that are reasonable.

Please keep requests within the Findagrave transfer policy... namely parents, siblings, grand & great grandparents or 1st generation aunts & uncles. Yet if you care enough to ask for a transfer for a relative or dear friend I will honor it. I was recently denied a transfer request of my fathers sister as the person said she was a "dear friend of her mother & she preferred to keep her". To say I was disappointed is understating. She was a Dear 'Aunt' of mine & I would have liked to make family updates that a friend may not always catch. Singing to myself "Let It Go"....

I try to do the best I can with photos but our weather in Oregon this year (2014) in particular has been wet & soggy. Many of the graves are covered in mud or wet when I photo. Or at Mt.Calvary Cemetery there are the steep hills that I try not to stumble & roll down while photographing the stones! If you want to take a better photo you are always welcome to add it to my entry & I can delete my picture.
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Robin Rainford
RE: John Jacob Klapperich d 1959
Well, she may not be there. I'm up to 1940 and John J is living with his son's family and Harriet has a rental house in Fairview, Tillamook, Oregon. Don't know yet how the story works out :)
Added by Robin Rainford on Oct 19, 2014 5:45 PM
Robin Rainford
John Jacob Klapperich d 1959
Hello! I'm so excited to find John Klapperich, which would not have happened if you hadn't posted on Findagrave. Part of the challenge is that he was called Jacob as a boy, different from his father Johannes. His mother is Pauline Miller.

John J "Jacob" Klapperich
B:18 Dec 1877 in Michigan
D:6 Apr 1959 in Multnomah, Oregon, United States
wife: Harriet Hattie Klapperich B: abt 1888 in Michigan

Thank you, thank you for your work!
Robin Rainford
Added by Robin Rainford on Oct 19, 2014 12:08 PM
Thank you. Glad Steve has been keeping my effort to organize alive, the # of memorials have significantly grown since we started but the place was so huge I didn't want give myself a backache being out there all day for nothing :-) I had photographed the mausoleum back in 2013 when I was out visiting Donald's memorial, but all the photos have been sitting on my computer since then, my backlog is crazy! I am just now getting caught up and glad to see they got online. I hope you don't mind the plot edits, it helps us keep track of where people have been and I am adding a few photos here and there if my shots are sharper. Glad to dump space off my hard drive and get to new memorials. I have been out to Mt. Calvery before and photographed some last winter when I was researching a friends tree and I tend to snap more when ever I am in a cemetery. The gals in the office like Find a grave, but they expressed a dislike of people mowing the rows, so since they have their database online I just spot photographed and let it be. I thought it would be a better cemetery to photograph in the summer early evening after business hours ;-)but never got back out there. Life just gets busy!

thanks, Erin
Added by Erin on Oct 18, 2014 9:41 AM
Thank you!
Thanks for your work with Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Portland. I didn't know my cousin had a baby daughter with his first wife until I saw the gravestone photo for Helen Heisler and baby Helen Charlene.
Added by KHaining on Oct 17, 2014 4:34 PM
Nina Hilde
Thank you for adding this and thank you for transferring. I was at the cemetery a few months before she passed, I guess its time to make another visit.

Thanks again, Erin

P.S. I noticed you were adding photos for Terrace of Serenity @ Skyline. A small group of contributors started an informal plan of splitting out the cemetery so we wouldn't work over the top of each other or waste a day at the cemetery and find out a section was done. If you are interested in joining the group by taking a section to work on please email me at

Added by Erin on Oct 17, 2014 12:12 AM
S Berg
Joseph Razner at Mt. Calvary
Thank you for looking for the gravesite.
Added by S Berg on Oct 05, 2014 1:17 PM
Donald Shull
Walteria Broeren in Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Thanks for taking the photo of her grave marker. That helped solve a question on the year she was born. Census had 1873, 1874 and 1875.
Added by Donald Shull on Oct 01, 2014 6:44 PM
Christopher Allyn Mentrum
Kathryn Maria Lane Barnes 55858027
Hello J McL,
I have added a copy of the headstone that you took to the original memorial that I created and moved her location to the correct cemetery. Thank you for the correction. Please delete your memorial 136261073.

Christopher Mentrum
Added by Christopher Allyn Mentrum on Sep 22, 2014 10:16 PM
RE: Ivan Kirpatrick
I found it. Yes, those were a wonderful set of photos from the Elliott family (ours) who married into the Kirkpatricks. My Mother has those photos.
Added by janicet on Sep 17, 2014 6:40 PM
Steve McBride
RE: Skyline
Thanks. Good to know that I can cross the mausoleum off our list. If you ever get tired of Mt. Calvary, let me know. We have lots left to do at Skyline. Likewise, if we ever get Skyline done (there are four of us, but I think we're less than half done), I'll be in touch. I have had Mt. Calvary in the back of my mind for my next project. Steve
Added by Steve McBride on Sep 17, 2014 11:57 AM
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