Confrey, Edward Elzear 'Zez' b. April 3, 1895 d. November 22, 1971 Composer. He was famous in the 1920s for his jazz and ragtime-influenced solo piano works, especially "Kitten on the Keys" (1921), a favorite improviser's piece. He played it at the historic 1924 Paul Whiteman concert that also saw the premiere of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"; two decades later it was still popular enough to be featured in a Warner Bros. cartoon, "Rhapsody Rabbit," where it was performed as a duet by Bugs Bunny and a mouse. Confrey's other hits include "Stumbling" (1921)...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Saint Marys of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA Plot: Section B R17-23
Cramer, Roger 'Doc' b. July 22, 1905 d. September 9, 1990 Major League Baseball Player. Nicknamed "Doc" for being a medical aficionado in the Minor Leagues, he played Major League baseball for twenty seasons (1929 to 1948) as an outfield for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers. Fleet footed and gifted with a strong, accurate arm (he had been a pitcher in the minors), he is considered one of the best center fielders of his era. As a hitter, he was a feared lead off hitter, having a knack for getting on...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Run, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA Plot: Section 2, Old Graves, Grave 131.
Croly, Jane b. December 19, 1828 d. December 23, 1901 Early pioneer of women suffrage and founder of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, an international organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service and to providing opportunities that strengthen the role of women. She founded "Sorosis" the first professional club for women on March 21, 1868, in New York, when the mostly male New York Press Club decided to bar women reporters from attending a function honoring Charles Dickens during the famous British author's...[Read More] (Bio by: Rich H.) Evergreen Cemetery, Lakewood, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA
Gretchaninov, Alexander Tikhonovich b. October 25, 1864 d. January 4, 1956 Composer. A transitional figure in Russian music, he helped bridge the divide between the romantic and modern eras. Gretchaninov was born in Moscow. He claimed he did not see a piano until he was 14 because his parents, semi-literate shopkeepers, expected him to take over the business, and it was not until 1881 that he secretly began taking courses with Anton Arensky at the Moscow Conservatory. Following nine years of piecemeal study, Arensky declared he was hopeless as a musician...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Saint Vladimirs Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Jackson, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA
Hindenburg Disaster Memorial On May 6, 1937, the hydrogen-fueled dirigible exploded as it was circling the central New Jersey plains. The memorial, which rests at the exact site of the explosion, was dedicated in 1987 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the disaster. Hangar Number One, where the giant airship was kept between flights, has been declared a National Historic Site and still remains on the edge of the landing area within sight of the memorial. Naval Air Warfare Center, Lakehurst, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA
Robbins, Lieut. Augustus J. b. November 17, 1839 d. September 16, 1909 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the Civil War as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company B, 2nd Vermont Volunteer Infantry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia on May 12, 1864. His citation reads "While voluntarily serving as a staff officer successfully withdrew a regiment across and around a severely exposed position to the rest of the command; was severely wounded". His Medal was issued to him on March 24, 1892. (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Woodlawn Cemetery, Lakewood, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA
Southard, David b. 1845 d. May 6, 1894 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the Civil War as a Sergeant in Company C, 1st New Jersey Volunteer Cavalry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Battle of Sailors Creek, Virginia on April 6, 1865. His citation reads "Capture of flag; and was the first man over the works in the charge". His Medal was awarded to him on July 3, 1865. He was one of twelve 1st New Jersey Cavalry soldiers who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Civil War (...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Zion Methodist Church Cemetery, New Egypt, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA
Tucker, Ebenezer b. November 15, 1758 d. September 5, 1845 US Congressman. During the Revolutionary War, he served with General George Washington at the Battle of Long Island and other engagements. Afterwards he moved to Tuckerton, New Jersey, which was named after him, where he was active in mercantile and shipbuilding pursuits. In 1791 he was commissioned the first collector of revenue and postmaster of Tuckerton by President Washington. He also served as chief judge of the Court of Common Pleas and justice of the Court of Quarter Sessions...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Old Methodist Cemetery, Tuckerton, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA