Mesta, Perle Reid b. October 12, 1889 d. March 16, 1975 American socialite, political hostess, and U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. Daughter of William Balser Skirvin, a wealthy Oklahoma oilman and founder of the Skirvin Hotel. Widow of George Mesta, an Italian-American businessman. Commonly referred to as the "Hostess with the Mostest", she always had a large interest in politics. Maintaining intimate friendships with First Ladies Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower and with Rose Kennedy, she grew up a republican. As a girl she attended the Republican...[Read More] (Bio by: Tyler Hughes) Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Section 21, Lot 21 George Mesta Mausoleum
Moren, Lew (Lewis) 'Hicks' b. August 4, 1883 d. November 2, 1966 Major League Baseball Player. He was a right-handed pitcher making his debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 21, 1903. Known as a knuckleball hurler, for six seasons he played with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1903-04) and Philadelphia Phillies (1907-10). He finished his career with a record of 48 wins, 57 loss, 356 strikeouts, 62 complete games, 10 shutouts, 3 saves and a 2.95 earned run average. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Rockwell Sr., Willard b. March 31, 1888 d. October 16, 1978 Industrialist. A 1908 graduate of M.I.T., Rockwell worked in various engineering jobs following his graduation, including a World War I civilian job where he helped to develop standard mobile equipment for the Army, particularly military truck axles and five-ton rear axle drives. He simultaneously served in the Quartermaster Corps as a major in the Army reserve. Following the war, Rockwell went to work managing the engineering department for Torbensen Gear & Axle Co., where he designed a...[Read More] (Bio by: Craig Johnson) Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Section 25, plot 64.
Rudd, Edwin b. June 9, 1854 d. December 9, 1932 A research engineer at Westinghouse Corp who worked with George Westinghouse while developing the gas engine and with Rudolph Diesel inventor of the diesel engine. Rudd independently developed the automatic water heater. (Bio by: EJD) Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Rudd Mausoleum Section 11, lot 39
Schoonmaker, James Martinus b. June 30, 1842 d. October 11, 1927 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during the Civil War as Colonel and commander of the 14th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on September 19, 1864 at the Third Battle of Winchester, Virginia. His citation reads "At a critical period, gallantly led a cavalry charge against the left of the enemy's line of battle, drove the enemy out of his works, and captured many prisoners." (Bio by: Don Morfe) Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Section 14, Lot 83
Traynor, Harold Joseph 'Pie' b. November 11, 1899 d. March 16, 1972 Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player. Born in Framingham, Massachusetts, he was a third baseman making his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 15, 1020. For seventeen seasons, he played with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1920-35 and 1937) and was a superior infielder and a skillful hitter. He batted .300 or better 10 times, never struck out more than 28 times in a season, recorded 2,288 putouts, 6,134 chances and 308 double plays at third base. He ended his career with a record of...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Section 20, Lot 16-E
Wilkins, William b. December 20, 1779 d. June 23, 1865 US Congressman, US Senator, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. After studying law, he was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1801, and eventually served seven years (1824 to 1831) as United States District Court Judge for Pennsylvania's Western District. In 1828 he had been elected as a Democrat to represent Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, but he resigned before his credentials to hold the office were accepted. In 1831 he was elected as a...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Williams, Charles H. b. December 20, 1943 d. September 10, 2005 Major League Baseball Umpire. He served as an Umpire in the National League from 1982 to 1999. When he umpired Game 4 of the 1993 World Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, he became the first African-American umpire to work a World Series. He retired due to health, and he died of complications from diabetes. (Bio by: Robert) Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA