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Sonia Sanchez (#47848895)
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Bio Photo I have always loved to visit cemeteries and thought it was a little weird until I found this website. Visiting a cemetary satisfies many of my favorite hobbies: plants ( Whenever I go, I walk around watering plants that people leave for their loved ones but are unable to come back and take care of), photography, and history. I especially like to visit old cemeteries to take pictures of the elaborate monuments. I'm really happy to discover there are thousands of you out there that feel the same.

I try to put as much information as I can find on the internet with each memorial and also try to include the source. Feel free to use any pictures of headstones and grave markers that I have uploaded on your family websites or Ancestry,com.

Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers. ~ Hans C. Andersen
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Agnes Elwine Weidman Lorenz
Hi! Regarding your photo request, can you please contact the cemetery and obtain the Section, Lot, and Grave Number information, and then post it to your request? Please also ask if there is a grave marker and add that information to your photo request and/or memorial. The Find A Grave FAQs state the photo requestor is responsible to provide this information.

Elmwood Cemetery: (708) 453-0273

This cemetery provides extremely limited assistance to photo volunteers with finding a grave's location. Last year I was able to fulfill almost 200 photo requests at Elmwood through this process. Because the lots in this cemetery are poorly marked, almost no one else ever photographs here. I have only had success here because I have spent literally weeks at a time to learn the intricacies of the layout of this cemetery.

Thank you for helping me to help you.

Added by Ace on Mar 20, 2014 5:20 PM
Jamie Gecht
Loretta Pauly Gecht
Your post stated your were her grand daugther, can you tell me whose daughter you are?
I am also one of her grand daughters.
Added by Jamie Gecht on Mar 18, 2014 12:10 PM
vera swensen
RE: In my thoughts...
Hello, I am so sorry it took me so long to answer you..thank u so much for your message...very thought...God Bless you n Your Family...
Added by vera swensen on Mar 14, 2014 10:18 AM
Mary Standridge
Louie and Wanda Apple
Thanks for taking the time to stop by anyway. I have 2 sisters that are not very nice people and thought that it was appropriate to leave ugly notes to me on Momma and Daddy's Find A Grave site. So it was best that that feature was removed, I just include Momma and Daddy when I visit my grandparents Find A Grave sites.
Added by Mary Standridge on Mar 02, 2014 11:01 PM
linda white
millers and whites
hi sonia--i just signed in and see i have a lot of messages from you regarding the miller headstones in st. petes. i don't know if i thanked you for doing that, but thanks so much. appreciate your hard work!!

the millers are my husbands relations.

thanks again

linda maddock white
Added by linda white on Mar 01, 2014 5:44 PM
Albert Grannis Lane
Find A Grave Memorial# 58754375 Lane Tech
For your consideration into your virtual cemetery.
Added by Algae on Feb 11, 2014 5:09 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 Feb 08, 2014 10:55 AM
Michael Opitz
CFD Members

I'm there BROTHER.

If you wish to Transfer them you can.

I'm active CFD assigned member.

Thank You in Advance
Added by Michael Opitz on Nov 21, 2013 8:12 PM
Michael Opitz
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Added by Michael Opitz on Nov 21, 2013 8:10 PM
Michael Opitz
Chief Fire Marshal James Horan
The Chief Died in the Dec 22 1910
In 1910, Chicago's Union Stockyards and Transit Company was one of the world's largest centers of industry. The 450-acre site contained thousands of wooden animal pens, barns, haylofts, slaughterhouses, packing plants, and warehouses owned and operated by more than 100 separate meatpacking businesses. The Union Stockyards, famously documented in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, established Chicago as the "Hog Butcher to the World," but the site was also home to the worst fire service disaster in Illinois history.

At 4 AM on December 22, 1910, a night watchman reported a fire in the basement of a six-story cold storage building operated by the Nelson Morris & Company. The refrigerated warehouse was a particularly dangerous fire hazard as the interior walls and floors were wooden and soaked in animal fat and grease. Furthermore, the warehouse contained hundreds of cured hogs that were preserved with saltpeter, one of the main ingredients in gunpowder. Although Chicago firefighters responded within minutes from the two stockyard firehouses and from elsewhere in the city, any hope of dousing the fire before it spread to the rest of the building was lost when the firefighters discovered that the nearby fire hydrants had been shut off to prevent freezing. The warehouse was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters located and activated the water valves that fed the fire hydrants.

Numerous physical obstacles further restricted the fire fighting efforts, as railway cars, brick walls, and other warehouses closely surrounded the cold storage building. These obstructions made it impossible to set up ladders and, as a result, the firefighters were unable to reach the warehouse's upper floor windows to open the iron shutters and release the pressure that was building up inside. The heat from the fire caused the cold air inside the refrigerated warehouse to expand at a dangerous rate and, at about 5 AM, the pressure inside the building produced a massive explosion. Chief Fire Marshal James Horan had just arrived and was directing operations from the building's loading dock when the explosion occurred. An entire six-story wall collapsed on the loading dock, killing Horan, 2nd Assistant Chief Fire Marshal William Burroughs, three captains, four lieutenants, twelve other city firefighters, and two private firefighters employed by Morris & Company.

Fire fighting efforts were severely complicated by the explosion, not only because the command structure was decimated, but also because the blast had set a nearby seven-story lard house on fire. Moreover, department personnel were diverted to try to rescue the firefighters buried by the collapsed wall. First Assistant Chief Charles Seyferlich, now in command, called in several special alarms, bringing more than 50 engine companies and hundreds of off-duty firefighters to the scene. Fire fighting operations lasted for more than 24 hours before the blaze was completely extinguished and the last bodies were recovered from the rubble. With 23 firefighters killed, the Union Stockyard Fire ranks behind the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks and the 1947 Texas City Disaster as the third largest loss of firefighters in a single event in U.S. history.
Added by Michael Opitz on Nov 21, 2013 8:08 PM
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