Smith, Lieut. Henry Irving b. May 4, 1840 d. November 12, 1910 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a First Lieutenant, in Company B, 7th Iowa Infantry. At Black River, North Carolina, on March 15, 1865, his company attempted to construct a pontoon bridge over a portion of the flooded river that was held by Confederate troops. In the midst of the struggle with the rebel defenders, one of his soldiers was swept away in the current. First Lieutenant Smith, threw off his coat and sword and swam to the soldier's rescue, bringing him...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA
The Day the Music Died Memorial [memorial] Erected in 1988, the memorial is on the crash site where music artists Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson lost their lives. After a show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the entertainers boarded a small plane which crashed due to bad weather around 1:05 am on February 3, 1959. The a stainless steel monument depicting a steel guitar and a set of three records, bearing the names of each of the three performers. It is located on private...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Buddy Holly Crash Site, Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA
Willson, Meredith 'The Music Man' b. May 18, 1902 d. June 15, 1984 Conductor, Composer, Songwriter, and Playwright. He is best remembered for writing the book, music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical "The Music Man" that was adapted into the 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston and the 2003 American television film by the same name. Born Robert Meredith Willson in Mason City, Iowa his father was a lawyer and his mother a primary school teacher and piano tutor. He attended Frank Damrosch's Institute of Musical Art (later The Juilliard School) in New...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Heart failure Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA Plot: Greenwood section, on the western side of the cemetery, just a few rows N of the road.