Monday, March 30, 2009

Riverview Cemetery Part 2

Riverview Cemetery has changed a lot over the years. Besides the increase in occupants which is substantial, comparing these two pics can give you an idea. It is the opening to the cemetery. The left is from Mar 24 of this month and the right is a post card from around 1900.

There were lots of interesting head stones to be seen. This one of a Lion is impressive. There is no name on it though. I don't know who it is for. Very close to it is.....

The head stone for James Locke of James Locke Jewelers. Appropriate with a diamond on his stone, of course.

These are two of the larger monuments in the park. The one with
the bench is called a Exedra. The Exedra has a long story, so I am
going to shorten it enough to say that Greek families would have more than one service for their dead, and over time their monuments started including benches, and even table tops to have food and wine while they sat and conversed about their loved one. In America, the Exedra was used most from about 1900 to
1920. The pic to the far right is an example of Classical Architecture due to the two Greek columns. The graves in the front of it are also protected by what might be called Mort Safes. All manner of devices were used to protect bodies from being snatched (body snatchers). Fresh
bodies would be stolen from their graves and sold to medical schools to be dissected and used for practice of surgical procedures. This is where phrase "skeleton in your closet" comes from, as the practice was illegal and professors would hide the bodies in their closets. While these stone
slabs do a fine job to protect its occupants, there were even devices called torpedo coffins that
exploded when tampered with.

To the right is the Mary Patterson building in East Liverpool. It is a very romantic gesture on the part of her husband-erecting a whole building in her honor when she died. But the mausoleum

below is also for her, saying something similar to the building. His tomb is directly above hers inside. There are others in there also, but it is one of my favorites because they loved each other so much. At least these building would seem to say that. I hope so.

The Mangano memorial site is another huge example of Classical Architecture. This name is very familiar to me, though I am not familiar
with any particular stories about them. The monument is beautiful.

I surely hope to find the story for this stone. It is for the Mast Family. The front says Our Brothers- Henry Mast who died at Gettysburg in 1863. John Mast Enlisted in the war in 1861 in his 17th year. Died in Natchez Nov 25- (I can not make out the date on this at this time. It is either 1884 or 1864.) George Mast Enlisted in the war in 1861 in his 16th year. Killed at Atlanta 1865. This stone is worn and hard to read, but there is an inscription on the bottom that reads something like this : Go in peace noble soldiers. We'll always hold thy memories most sacred. This one side is powerful and moving. The three other sides are for their mother, Regina King Mast, of Wirtenburg Germany , Mary Mast Toft, their father, John Mast, also of Germany, and another brother, Frederick M. Mast, who died in 1911.

To the right gives you an idea of how large the Mast Stone is.

Even at night it stands out. You just can't miss it, even in it's lonely little corner. Definitely worth a moment of your time.

I have a thing for trees. I find I take a lot of pictures of them. They are full of character and beauty. This one is no exception.

A memorial for 911 also sits at Riverview. I don't know much about it either, but considering what it stands for, it found a place on my list of interesting things about this memorial park.

So here is to Riverview Cemetery. My last pic is what I find the most interesting of all about the park. The Roving Sentinel watching over the mass grave of men who were killed in the Civil War. You don't think about the Civil War as being significant around here. We are in the north and no battles were fought here (though I am aware of Morgans Raiders, a story upcoming on this blog). This community was greatly affected by those trying times. We lost our loved ones the same as everyone else in the country and they deserve our acknowledgement and respect.
Many of the big pottery families are buried here also, but I am putting them in other blog stories too.
I am sure there are many stones here that I just didn't find that stand out as interesting. I know that Mr. Earl Tweed is buried in this cemetery. He was murdered in 1973 in one of the most horrific triple murders the city has endured. (It has had two, both involving small children.) His case is unsolved to this day. I have had his stone on my blog before. But he does deserve mentioned again. Some one out there knows something.
Have a good day. Oh, and Riverview Cemetery is worth a moment of your time.