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john bickler
princess mona darkfeather
Have you physically seen her marker @ Holy Cross ? This is a horrible place to locate anything (for me) but this one is a killer. Can't even be sure of sec. K let alone the rest of it.
Added by john bickler on Sep 28, 2014 2:42 PM
Larry "Seymour" Vincent
Typo - text should read "Tuxedo-clad" not Tuxedo-clan.
Added by Buckeye on Sep 27, 2014 10:16 AM
Dannie Overton
Patricia Himes daughter
I was hoping you could tell me how you knew my Mother. Please email me at
Added by Dannie Overton on May 07, 2014 2:37 PM
John Stuart
What is your source of info? He is not in Brompton database
Added by julia&keld on Apr 18, 2014 3:06 PM
Sean McKim
Phyllis Haver
Hi, I checked at Grassy Hill Cemetery for her burial location and they have no record of her there, under her stage name, birth name or married name. I am going to be in the area shortly and wanted to document her grave. Do you know for certain that she is buried there?
Sean McKim
Added by Sean McKim on Apr 12, 2014 6:08 PM
Vera Ralston

Vera did not win silver in 1936 olympics. She placed 17th
"17 Věra Hrubá Czechoslovakia 20 13 111 353.3"

2nd place (silver) was won by: 2 Cecilia Colledge Great Britain 2 2 13.5 418.1

Gold Sonja Henie Norway (NOR)
Silver Cecilia Colledge Great Britain (GBR)
Bronze Vivi-Anne Hultén Sweden (SWE)
Added by J.D.G. on Mar 29, 2014 6:55 PM
ID Military in Westlawn-Hillcrest
We are currently working to identify anyone buried in Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery Omaha NE that has served in the military. If you have a loved one buried there or know of someone, please send us a message. We place flags on the graves for Memorial Day. This project is sponsored by Centennial Masonic Lodge.

If you can send us the names, we will be sure to include them on our list to get a flag.

Thank you for the help with this ongoing project.


If you have already received this message, please accept our apologies for the duplicate message.
Added by C.C.Diamond on Jan 22, 2014 5:41 PM
Hans Wörzt
Amerigo Vespucci's grave
Your entry for Amerigo Vespucci at Find-a-Grave is WRONG.
This is NOT the grave of Amerigo Vespucci il Navigatore, but of Amerigo Vespucci il Vecchio, i.e. of his grandfather who had exactly the same first and last name.
The grave marker mentions 1471 - the year il Vecchio died.
Amerigo Vespucci il Navigatore was burried in the city he died - Seville, Spain.
According to his will (1505), he wanted to be burried alongside the family of his wife Maria Cerezo. So, he was burried in the Iglesia de San Miguel in Seville, but this church was destroyed - together with all its contents - in 1868.

Your inaccurate contribution just adds to the confusion surrounding this historic figure.
Added by Hans Wörzt on Dec 29, 2013 4:07 AM
Pierre Blanchar's birth citizenship
Dear MC,
Basically, Pierre Blanchar was not "Algerian-born", since he was from French parents who had moved to Algeria; it's definitely true he was born in Algeria, then a French colony; but given the fact the French never gave the French citizenship to Algerians, I think it's wrong to call him "Algerian-born". Thanks!
Added by Michel SCHREIBER on Nov 10, 2013 9:44 AM
No Guts, No Glory
James Melton
Singer James Melton returns to Ocala in 1931

By David Cook, Columnist, Ocala Star-Banner

The popular NBC radio singing star James Melton came back to Ocala in 1931. He was taking time off from his busy network schedule — three shows each week — to visit his mother, Mrs. Rosa Melton.

Ocalans had last heard the young tenor in a concert at the Temple Theatre under the sponsorship of the Ocala Woman's Club. The theater was located on Fort King, opposite today's City Hall. But Melton's classmates at Ocala High School recalled "Jimmy's" musical feats as a saxophone player during chapel programs a decade earlier.

Singing didn't become Melton's profession until he completed his studies in Nashville, Tenn. Those locals who knew him before his graduation from OHS in 1920 said he was always singing — beautifully. I know at least one old timer who can remember his high, sweet tenor voice.

Jimmy was singing on the General Motors program on Monday nights, on the Palmolive hour on Wednesdays, and the Salada Tea program on Thursdays. Despite this busy radio schedule, he was appearing in concerts and making phonograph records. He also was a member of the popular Reveliers Quartet.

By the time Melton visited Ocala in 1931, he had made two trips to Europe for concerts and was planning a third. He told a reporter for the Ocala Morning Banner, "I'm glad to be home."

His most popular recording at the time was "Hills of Home."

For his return to Ocala, Melton was accompanied by his wife, the former Marjorie McClure of Akron, Ohio. After Melton's death in 1961, Marjorie accompanied his body back to Ocala for burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. After his spectacular successes, Melton's decline in the 1950s was something of a tragedy, not told to the public at the time.

His daughter, Margo Melton Nutt, born in 1942, the same year he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, has written an affectionate biography of her father. It is called "James Melton. The Tenor of his Times."

She gives his full story, including his birth in Moultrie, Ga.; the family's move to Citra, where his father, J.W., operated a sawmill; his education at Ocala High, the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University; and his obsession with collecting vintage cars.

I never met Jimmy, although I heard a great deal about him in Moultrie, where I worked for a while, and back in Ocala. He was such an example of the small town guy who made it big in the city. I saw a couple of his vintage cars at the museum that used to be located on State Road 40, across from the old entrance to Silver Springs Attraction.

A great deal of attention in Ocala in early 1931 was about the completion of the 18-hole Ocala Highlands golf course in conjunction with the much expanded Highlands Hotel on Fort King near the intersection with what is now 36th Avenue.

The course was designed by E. Ellsworth Giles of Pittsburgh, and was built as a private course by the Pennsylvania-Florida Development Co. At the same time the course was being constructed, a 20-room addition to the company's hotel was being completed, including a clubhouse to serve golfing patrons.

The company had acquired the Ocala Highlands area in the 1920s and had elaborate plans to develop it as an upscale subdivision. The stock market crash and other economic disasters altered the scale of those plans. Despite the ensuing economic depression, the developer went ahead with plans for a full scale professional golf course.
Later, the city of Ocala would buy the course and change the entrance around to Silver Springs Boulevard. It would be operated in the future as a municipal course. The hotel, which the city did not buy, was demolished. The city added a tennis complex on Fort King.

About 1940, I joined a batch of other Ocala teenagers in learning the rudiments of caddying, since there was no such thing as golf carts in those days, at least not in Ocala. I rode my bike out to the Highland Hotel and got serious lessons from Mike Swisdack, the golf professional.

Mike was tough on us kids until we learned. I did very well on weekends, but I did learn that certain golfers did not feel any obligation to pay the caddy. I got stiffed more than once, and got a sadly distorted view of golfers in general.

A women's tournament brought my career as a caddy to an end. The drinking was quite heavy and my golfer couldn't find the fairway. We lost most of her balls in the rough. In no uncertain terms she told me how blind I was. I'd heard plenty of curse words before, but nothing as bad as her opinion of my inept caddying.

An avid Marion County historian, David Cook is a retired editor of the Star-Banner. He may be contacted at 237-2535.
Added by No Guts, No Glory on Aug 18, 2013 9:51 AM
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