It is not Arlington, but Cleveland has a pretty impressive cemetery all its own.
Right down the street from us is Lakeview Cemetery – and I suppose like most, it’s rich in history. You can say that of all, since where there are dead, there is bound to be some history – whether it is boring or not.
Except for riding my bike through Lakeview (which is actually prohibited), I have never really been there. Supposedly, it is quite a tourist attraction. I will say, the grounds are beautiful. Not only are they fairly expansive but they have a few prominent folk taking the big dirt nap, including Eliot Ness, Jeptha Wade (founder of Western Union), John D. Rockefeller (founder of Standard Oil) and one president, James Garfield.
Garfield was only in office six months before he was assassinated. Actually, he was shot two months prior to his death – so I don’t know how history views those last 60 days or so of his ‘serving’. Anyhoo – he has this gianormous monument at the cemetery:
I wasn’t expecting the caskets to be above ground, or not encased in marble. Ruckiry, (not Jon’s boss) the stench has mostly dissipated over the last 120 years. The two urns (if you can see them) are his daughter and son-in-law.
Song by: Paula Cole