Thursday, December 3, 2009

Find a Grave: Illinois Edition

This seems entirely relevant to a discussion on Chicago ghosts: A list of all the (somewhat) famous people buried in Illinois, with locations (down to lot, section, and row), and in most cases, pictures of the actual tombstones.

Some entries that I found interesting out of the 1,263 results:

Beveridge, John Lourie b. July 6, 1824 d. May 3, 1910
Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, 17th Illinois Governor, US Congressman. Served as Major and commander of the 8th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, and as Colonel and commander of the 17th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. He was one of the founders of the Hollywood, California, Public Library and in his honor a live oak tree was planted on the grounds and named the Beveridge Oak.
Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot: Section F, Lot 64

Bliss, Leonard 'Baby'
b. May 4, 1865 d. January 4, 1912
He was world famous in the late 1800s as the fattest man in the world. You can see some of his clothes and pictures at the Mclean County museum in Bloomington, Illinois.
Smith Grove Cemetery, Towanda, McLean County, Illinois, USA

Capone, Alphonse 'Al' [original burial site] b. January 17, 1899 d. January 25, 1947
Organized Crime Figure, Chicago Gangster. Probably the best known of the 1920s gangsters, he controlled Chicago until brought down by FBI Agent Elliott Ness. Ness later wrote a book "The Untouchables" which detailed his efforts to jail Capone. Capone was the largest of the racketeers, and captured the American public's imagination as few ever did. Born Alphonse Capone in Brooklyn, New York, of Italian immigrant parents, Gabriele and Teresina Capone, the fourth of nine children.
Cause of death: Syphillis
Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot: Section 52, Near 115th Street

Caray, Harry b. March 1, 1914 d. February 18, 1998
Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Sportscaster. He was born Harry Christopher Carabina in St. Louis, Missouri on March 1, 1914 and was orphaned by age of 10. Caray played semi-pro baseball before beginning his career in broadcasting. Caray learned his craft at stations in Joliet and Kalamazoo, Michigan, eventually doing the play-by-play for the St. Louis Hawks and the University of Missouri football team. Later, the Chicago Cubs.
All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot: Section 42W, Block 22
GPS coordinates: 42.0608711, -87.8983688 (hddd.dddd)

Deere, John b. February 7, 1804 d. May 17, 1886
19th Century American inventor and industrialist, best known for founding the yard, farm and earthmoving equipment company that bears his name. John Deere was born in Rutland, Vermont, on February 7, 1804, the third son of William Rinold Deere, a merchant tailor. In 1808, William sailed for England, in hopes of claiming an inheritance, but he was never heard from again, and is presumed lost at sea. Raised by his widowed mother on a meager income, John's education was limited to the primary...[Read More]
Riverside Cemetery, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
Plot: On Prospect at Concourse, North East corner of Cemetery overlooking the Mississippi River
GPS coordinates: 41.5075493, -90.4919281 (hddd.dddd)

Karadjordjevic, Andrej b. June 28, 1929 d. May 7, 1990
Serbian prince. Younger brother of King Petar II. After 1945 lived in exile in Great Britain and later in USA. (Bio by: Jelena)
Most Holy Mother of God Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Third Lake, Lake County, Illinois, USA

Mayer, Oscar
b. March 29, 1859 d. March 11, 1955
Business Magnate. Oscar F. Mayer was born in the Bavaria section of Germany. In 1873, at the age of 14, the family grocery business failed, and Oscar came to the United States with his cousin. Settling in Detroit, he answered an ad and took a job as an apprentice with George Weber's Retail Meat Market. He stayed there for three years until 1876, when the he moved to Chicago to work at the Kohlhammer meat market, and also at the Armour meat packing company (located in the stockyards). In 1883...[Read More]
Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA

Owens, Jesse (James Cleveland) 'JC' b. September 12, 1913 d. March 31, 1980
American Athlete. Jesse Owens first came to national prominence in 1933 when, as a senior at Cleveland East Technical High School, he tied the world record for the 100-yard dash. Attending Ohio State on a track scholarship, Owens had perhaps the greatest day in sports history on May 25, 1935, setting world records in the 220-yard dash, the 220-yard low hurdles, and the broad jump while again tying the world record in the 100-yard dash at the Big 10 track and field championships. He is perhaps...[Read More]
Cause of death: Lung Cancer
Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot: Section C-32, just off of paved road

Ruby, Jack b. April 25, 1911 d. January 3, 1967
Killer of accused Presidental assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, on 24 November 1963, in a downtown Dallas, Texas police station (Oswald was never convicted of the crime). Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald as he was being transferred in the basement garage of the police station, and the killing was broadcast on live television. Many people believe that Ruby intentionally killed Oswald to cover up others' involvement in the...[Read More]
Westlawn Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot: Violet Section, Plot 2 lot 9
GPS coordinates: 41.9582405, -87.8222504 (hddd.dddd)

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