|Stew Thornley (#332)|
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Even though I grew up in Minnesota, I'm a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. I enjoy visiting the graves of all types of notable people, especially Baseball Hall of Famers, presidents, and Civil War generals. One of my favorite cemeteries is Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, the oldest national cemetery in the country and home of Mathew Brady, John Philip Sousa, Clyde Tolson, Leonard Matlovich, and J. Edgar Hoover (on one trip there I discovered someone had left a fuchsia bra and panties on Hoover's grave). Unfortunately, I also found that this cemetery is the place where DC residents bring their dogs at 7:00 each morning (thus, this is a good time to avoid the cemetery). The dogs ran wild, crapped on graves, and sniffed my crotch (which I suppose was a tad better than sniffing the graves and crapping on my crotch). My fun with death extends beyond graveyard exploring to being a participant in a Fantasy Death League. I was the winner of our 1998 league, having correctly predicted the deaths of, among others, Pol Pot, Eddie Rabbitt, Barry Goldwater, Linda McCartney, Harry Caray, and Jack Lord. A real highlight for me was scoring 27 points (100 minus the age being the scoring system in our league) with Spiro Agnew in 1996. I made a point of visiting Spiro's grave the following July as a means of saying thanks. I work for the State of Minnesota, doing public-affairs work with the public drinking water program. I also do public speaking on the side, and one of my more popular presentations is a slide show of graves that I've visited. In addition to that, I'm a free-lance writer. I've written about 30 books, mostly about sports, for adults and young readers. My latest project is a book about the Polo Grounds, the historic stadium in New York City. I've co-authored one children's science book with my now-wife, Brenda Himrich. She and I live in Roseville, Minnesota, with our cat, Ponce. For those interested, one of the pages on my web site is a list of Baseball Hall of Fame graves. I started visiting Baseball Hall of Fame graves in February 1995. It took me nearly seven years, but I finished getting to all of them (184 graves later) when I visited Eddie Mathew's grave in Santa Barbara, California, on January 19, 2002. I've stayed current with almost all of the new dead Hall of Famers (over 200 now) as well as with U. S. Presidents and Vice Presidents and Minnesota governors. Find-a-Grave is a great web site, and I enjoy contributing to it.|
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|Carla||James Jerome Hill 1838-1916|
Stew, I would like your permission to use the pictures of his headstone. His mother Anne Dunbar is the sister to my gggrandmother Elizabeth Dunbar Perkins.
Carla Shaw Johnson
Added by Carla on Aug 14, 2016 12:14 AM
|William Clark||Rube Foster|
Stew, am about to locate and visit the gravesite of Rube Foster today. This man's story is one of American History, although sadly, because of the color of his skin, he couldn't play in the major leagues. He was innovative and resourceful enough to form his own, and be of great influence within, and beyond, it. Definitely must pay my respects and homage to this great man.
|Gwendolyn||Harry E. Heilmann|
Hi, Stew. My great-grandfather Michael Burke's sister Ellen/Ella Burke married Daniel Maynes. One of their daughters, Mae Maynes (a/k/a Mary H. Maynes) married Harry Heilmann in 1920, and they had 3 children. I have been unable to find her grave. Do you live in Michigan/proximity of Harry's grave? I can see there is some kind of engraving at the bottom of the HEILMANN headstone (not Harry's flat marker, but the upright one). I cannot blow up that photo any larger to read what it says. Does it reference Mae? Do you know if Mae is buried next to Harry? Find A Grave does not bring up anything for her. Please advise if you have any info on Mae Heilmann's grave. Many thanks!!
|MissKitty||William Henry Harrison photo|
May I have your permission to download the photo of the gravestone of William Henry Harrison (memorial #452)?
I would like to upload it into my Ancestry family tree.
Thank you for your consideration.
|Susan Barrow Spaulding||Spaulding Family Gravemarkers|
My I use your photo for my personal family tree and also my tree that I've posted on ancestry.com? I will credit you with the photo.
Susan Barrow Spaulding
|Find A Grave Volunteer||Hattie S. Pullman|
I was wondering if you would share your grave photo of George Mortimer Pullman 843 , with his wife Hattie S. Pullman 7008628 ? Thanks!
|J Spencer||Hi Stew|
Just read the article about you on ESPN. Thanks! Us gravers need all the good press we can get!
|Ryan Kordziel||John F. Kennedy's Grave|
I noticed that you posted a photo of John F. Kennedy's Former burial location. Do you rememeber the plot information for it? If so, could you please tell me the plot number? I will be visiting Arlington in the near future.
|Keri Caye||Hi Again from Keri|
I also found a few of yours I'd like to use so thanks. Great work and good luck with your books too! Your baseball book of graves sounds wonderful.
|Keri Caye||Thanks from Keri Caye|
What an impressive and interesting bio Stew!
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