August 17, 2016 |
StoneMor Partners L.P., a Trevose owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes, on Monday announced a $12 million deal involving 16 Wisconsin cemeteries and a granite importing and finishing business. StoneMor, which is best known in the Philadelphia region for leasing and operating cemeteries owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said it had already acquired 10 of the Wisconsin cemeteries and would either buy or manage an additional six, depending on whether it receives consents.
August 8, 2016
Every week, Euell Nielsen sets out on her mountain bike on what might strike some as a macabre mission. She pedals through the gates of a cemetery, selects a section of graves, takes out her camera, and snaps a picture of every tombstone she passes, row upon row upon row. As a contributor to the website Findagrave.com, Nielsen, of Lansdowne, is one of thousands of volunteers who are preserving images of headstones worldwide, expanding a...
June 25, 2016 |
CARLISLE, Pa. - There's no doubt that Earnest Knocks Off, son of a Sioux chief, lies buried among nearly 200 children in the Indian cemetery here. The question is, where? He seems to have two separate headstones. Other grave markers on the grounds of what was the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, now the Army War College, contain partial or misspelled names, wrong dates of death, and missing birth dates. The supporting paper archive is incomplete. Now, as the Army begins to meet tribal demands to return the remains of boys and girls who died in a harsh, turn-of-the century experiment in forced assimilation, both sides face a dilemma: When century-old records are lacking and even headstones can be unreliable, how to fully account for the dead?
June 17, 2016 |
The Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington, long gone and largely forgotten, has been recommended for historic certification by a panel of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. At a meeting Wednesday, panel members heard a rare appeal not on behalf of a memorable structure, but for preservation of what cannot be seen at 1834-48 Frankford Ave. Where two old brick garages now stand, one housing the soon-to-shutter Sculpture Gym, Point Breeze developer Ori Feibush wants to build about 40 residential units.
June 1, 2016 |
Ken Milano is a Kensington guy. He's lived there all his life, as his parents did, and their parents. Milano is fascinated by the old, gritty neighborhood's history, those who lived there - and died there, too. That's why, when he heard the grizzled brick garages in the 1800 block of Frankford Avenue were going to be demolished, he got that queasy feeling deep in his Kensington-loving gut. Where others saw old garages, Milano saw the 19th...
May 31, 2016
By Ron Grossman Just as we have on previous Memorial Days, my wife and I will play "Taps" Monday in a small-town cemetery. Our habit began after we read an editorial about Americans losing sight of the holiday's meaning, thinking of it as the seasonal start of trips to picnic grounds and summer cottages. That idea wasn't new, but it was accompanied by a story about the dwindling ranks of buglers. Now, there was a problem with which we could help out. We play the harmonica, which can mimic a bugle's mournful sound.
May 30, 2016 |
CARLISLE, Pa. - A group of American Indians have come every Memorial Day weekend since 1973 to the cemetery of the old Carlisle Indian Industrial School. A vigil of sorts, they have come over the decades when others lived too far away and others had simply forgotten. They come to honor the students who died while attending school there and to decorate their graves. The practice was originally started by the American Indian Society of Washington, D.C. and carried on the last three years by Circle Legacy.
May 30, 2016 |
The tree was a living link to more than 160 years of Philadelphia history, and a favorite spot for tourists and history buffs. Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, and Rutherford B. Hayes - all Civil War generals and U.S. presidents - once sheltered beneath its branches at Laurel Hill Cemetery in the city's East Falls section. Legendary Union Gens. Philip Sheridan, William Tecumseh Sherman, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, and Dan Sickles were there, too, on the same gentle slope overlooking the Schuylkill.
May 20, 2016 |
FRED DeBERARDINIS, a lifelong South Philadelphian and World War II Navy veteran, died Wednesday. He was 91. Mr. DeBerardinis grew up near 13th and Morris Streets, and was a member of the second graduating class of Edward Bok Vocational High School in 1942. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Later, he worked for General Electric at the GE Philadelphia Service Shop for 40 years. After marrying his wife of 66 years, Antoinette Caccavo DeBerardinis, he raised his family in South Philadelphia.
April 24, 2016 |
I SHOULD STOP being surprised where this job takes me. But I still can't believe it took me to a skinny little cemetery tucked behind an Aldi market where, shovel in hand, I was determined to bring some dignity to the grave of Susan Hyatt. Mrs. Hyatt was 86 when she died on April 1. She was laid to rest on April 3 at Har Zion Cemetery on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale. Mrs. Hyatt's parents are buried at Har Zion, a Jewish burial ground in a part of Delaware County so crammed with cemeteries, more people reside under the ground than above it. Mrs. Hyatt's husband's remains are also at Har Zion, as are those of his parents and sister.