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Robert Watchorn

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Robert Watchorn

Birth
Alfreton, Amber Valley Borough, Derbyshire, England
Death
13 Apr 1944 (aged 86)
San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA GPS-Latitude: 34.0880337, Longitude: -118.3200632
Plot
Laurel Section - East Side
Memorial ID
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WATCHORN, Robert (b. 1858 Alfreton, Derbyshire, England; d. 1944 – Laurel Section, east side) Robert left England for the U.S. in 1880 and worked as a coal miner in Pennsylvania. He later became the secretary of the United Mine Workers Union and later, a commissioner of immigration at Ellis Island. In 1909, Watchorn became involved in the oil business and worked as an assistant to the President of the Union Oil Company. He created and was president of the Watchorn Oil and Gas Company in Oklahoma City and eventually moved to Redlands, California. Through his son Emory Ewart (b.1895; d.1921), Robert became interested in President Abraham Lincoln's life and in 1932, he built the Lincoln Memorial Shrine which was placed in Redlands. The Shrine also served as a memorial to his son who died from injuries suffered in World War I. The Lincoln Shrine became a highlight of the Boy Scouts of America who paid tribute to the monument each year. His son Emory and wife Alma are also buried at this site.
Information by Tony Scott.

It's frustrating that, other than his headstone, every source says that he was born in 1859.

Contributor: Bob Marlowe

More information: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~quarantine/watchorn1.htm
WATCHORN, Robert (b. 1858 Alfreton, Derbyshire, England; d. 1944 – Laurel Section, east side) Robert left England for the U.S. in 1880 and worked as a coal miner in Pennsylvania. He later became the secretary of the United Mine Workers Union and later, a commissioner of immigration at Ellis Island. In 1909, Watchorn became involved in the oil business and worked as an assistant to the President of the Union Oil Company. He created and was president of the Watchorn Oil and Gas Company in Oklahoma City and eventually moved to Redlands, California. Through his son Emory Ewart (b.1895; d.1921), Robert became interested in President Abraham Lincoln's life and in 1932, he built the Lincoln Memorial Shrine which was placed in Redlands. The Shrine also served as a memorial to his son who died from injuries suffered in World War I. The Lincoln Shrine became a highlight of the Boy Scouts of America who paid tribute to the monument each year. His son Emory and wife Alma are also buried at this site.
Information by Tony Scott.

It's frustrating that, other than his headstone, every source says that he was born in 1859.

Contributor: Bob Marlowe

More information: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~quarantine/watchorn1.htm


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