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Stew Thornley (#332)
 member for 16 years, 11 months, 21 days
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Bio Photo 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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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.

Thank You
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.
Added by William Clark on Jul 10, 2016 8:06 AM
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!!
Added by Gwendolyn on Nov 15, 2015 11:19 AM
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.
Added by MissKitty on Dec 03, 2013 10:06 AM
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 I will credit you with the photo.

Thank you,
Susan Barrow Spaulding
Added by Susan Barrow Spaulding on May 05, 2012 3:12 PM
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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!
Added by Find A Grave Volunteer on Sep 26, 2009 11:52 AM
J Spencer
Hi Stew
Just read the article about you on ESPN. Thanks! Us gravers need all the good press we can get!
Added by J Spencer on Sep 16, 2009 8:15 PM
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.
Added by Ryan Kordziel on Jul 10, 2009 4:41 PM
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.
Added by Keri Caye on Dec 14, 2008 4:44 AM
Keri Caye
Thanks from Keri Caye
What an impressive and interesting bio Stew!
Added by Keri Caye on Dec 14, 2008 4:32 AM
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