A cemetery is not just a place to bury our dead. It is also a keeper of our history. The residents of any cemetery are evidence that their time and life existed. It demands respect and care. And it should be shared.
Spring Grove Cemetery holds much of East Liverpool's memories and historical facts. Not to mention her secrets many might want left forgotten. The triple murders in East Liverpool numbered two in the seventies. On July 30, 1973, Linda Morris and her 4 year old daughter, Angela, walked into The National Furniture Store on Dresden Avenue during lunch. At 12:55pm their bodies were discovered. Linda was lying on an old bed mattress and Angela close beside her. Angela was still alive at the time and rushed to East Liverpool Hospital, where she died an hour later. They were beaten to death with a tool of some kind. Hammer. Wrench. Linda was 4 months pregnant at the time. Mr. Earl Tweed, the owner of the store, was stabbed 27 times, his uneaten sandwhich still sitting on the counter where he was making it.(He is buried in Riverview Cemetery) Their murderer was never caught.
Deborah Taylor was beaten to death on June 25, 1979 by Robert Wooten. Her two little children, ages 4 and 6 years old, woke up during her murder. Robert also beat them to death. He will be in prison for the rest of his life.
Both of these women and their children are now laid to rest in Spring Grove Cemetery.
Another interesting grave is that of William Devon. He died in 1996 while still the Mayor of East Liverpool. The Diamond, also known at Devon's Diamond, is named after him. His grave has his picture and accounts many years of his life as a policeman, councilman, and Mayor. He was such a huge part of our community.
He, like the others mentioned in this article, deserve to be remembered. Not just a name on a stone, as so many are. What happened to them in their life and death made a difference in this community. These deaths, in one way or another, changed things. Some of them, hauntingly so.
I am working on a Ghost Walk through Spring Grove Cemetery that will tell the stories of these and other people who touched our lives over this last century. This is a charity event. A cost has not yet been determined, nor has a date, but ALL MONEY WILL GO TO SPRING GROVE CEMETERY TO HELP TAKE CARE OF IT. One concern is to chip and seal the rest of the road that goes through it. Half was done (the half taken care of by Liverpool Township) and half wasn't, because, technically, no one takes care of it except volunteers. (who should be commended!!!! for their efforts and time they freely give.)
More info will follow about this event as it developes.