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 John David Fogo

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John David Fogo

Birth
Death 24 Jun 1941 (aged 79)
Burial Gillingham, Richland County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 83708253 View Source
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From Tales the Tombstones Tell by S.W. Fogo

Most often there is in a cemetery something out of the ordinary and in this cemetery it is a tombstone, a part of which moves by some unseen force. On the lot of John D. Fogo is a large red granite ball which is so perfectly balanced that it moves, slightly each year, and the Masonic emblem carved upon it, will over a period of years, be higher up on the ball and a bit to the left. The ball moves in a sort of circle, just the fraction of an inch over a period of a year. Some claim that the sun has something to do with the movement, others think it is the cold weather in the winter, when it freezes and thaws. But whatever it is, the ball moves.

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His mother died when he was a small boy and he went to live with his grandparents, Jock and Jane Fogo. After his father remarried he went to live with his father and stepmother, George and Hannah (Chesemore) Fogo. As a youth he took an extended trip by horse and wagon from Wisconsin to Kansas in 1886 to visit his Uncle David Fogo. He recorded the trip in an interesting diary. He became a school teacher and later became a farmer and built a beautiful brick home in Rockbridge Twp, Richland Co.


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  • Created by: Rio
  • Added: 19 Jan 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 83708253
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/83708253/john-david-fogo : accessed ), memorial page for John David Fogo (26 Sep 1861–24 Jun 1941), Find a Grave Memorial ID 83708253, citing Fancy Creek Cemetery, Gillingham, Richland County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Rio (contributor 47341565) .