Saturday, August 31, 2013

I'd Tell You to Hit Him With the Pie But That Would Be a Waste of Sweet, Delicious Pie

As someone who has had strawberry-rhubarb pie, it is one of the most delicious things I have ever put into my mouth. If Wilberforce doesn't want any, I will take his slice.

Military Stone:
PVT
GRAY BOULWARE

CO B
9 VA CAV
CSA
1823
1895

The symbol at top is the Confederate Southern Cross of Honor

Separate Stone:
GRAY BOULWARE
1823 - 1895

Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas

Friday, August 30, 2013

Brutus' Head Is Half Full

Over the last year or so, I have been following the story of a deer who had taken up residence in Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. The deer joined people visiting graves and attending funerals, giving them a kind of comfort.
Ella was found shot and killed on August 4th. A person was charged earlier today in her death. You can read the story, and the reason given for shooting the deer here.

Sounds like it's time for Brutus to shatter that glass and rub the pieces into Hattie's face. You can still do that to children right?
North Side:
HENRIETTA HUCKSTEIN

BORN
April 11, 1842


DIED
Jan. 18, 1898

[Illegible epitaph]
Henrietta Hackstein, from Find A Grave


West Side:
FATHER

AND

MOTHER

South Side:
AUGUST HACKSTEIN
BORN
DEC. 14, 1843
DIED
APR. 18, 1893
------
Closed are thy sweet eyes
From this world of pain.
But we trust in God
To meet thee again.
August Hackstein, from Find A Grave
August and Henrietta Hackstein were born in Germany and arrived in America in 1883. They lived in Wisconsin where he worked in the marble trade. They moved to Kansas about March of 1893 but August came down with a stomach disease and died in Lawrence about a month later. Henrietta died of consumption in 1898.

Worden Cemetery, Willow Springs Township, Douglas County, Kansas

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ironically, That Is a Checkbox On the Form

HAHAHAHAHA!!! Brutus and Gladys' marriage is on thin ice and she compensates with her addiction to shopping.

It's funny because it's sad.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

GEORGE FUNK
2. FEB. 1829
2. FEB. 1920

ELIZABETH FUNK
28. JUNI 1837
26. MARZ 1907

Gone but not
forgotten

We will
meet again

Worden Cemetery, Willow Springs Township, Douglas County, Kansas

#1: #QR1863 Finale

Last week, I participated in a commemoration of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas. The main feature of the commemoration was regular people assuming identities of people involved in the Raid and tweeting as them using the hashtag #QR1863. People portrayed ranged from regular townspeople of Lawrence to riders with Quantrill to important political and military figures to Native Americans and even a horse. The project went off without a hitch and was a huge hit even among people who were initially hesitant to portray the Raid in this way. I was very proud that I was able to contribute something to this and that the lives of these people, either perpetrator or victim, will be remembered in this way for years to come. You can read the tweets here although the main tweets focusing on the Raid, before, during and after, will be saved on Storify which I will link to on my Twitter when it becomes available.

I played the character of Cosma Torrienta "C.T." Colman who was only a lad of 18 when Quantrill rode through town. C.T. and his family moved to Lawrence from Massachusetts in 1854 and claimed a parcel of land west of Lawrence in the Kanwaka area. C.T.'s father, Ezekiel was a staunch abolitionist especially after his neighbor, David Buffam, was murdered while working on his farm. Ezekiel's house was even a stop on the Underground Railroad. C.T. volunteered for the 14th Kansas Cavalry on June 1, 1863 and was stationed in Lawrence near 9th and New Hampshire Streets. The Cavalry was unarmed because it was decided that all guns be keep in the armory so all of them would be readily accessible as it was thought there would be plenty of time to run and get a gun before an attack would happen. Quantrill used an element of surprise by arriving in Lawrence before sunrise and not attacking until he and his men were inside the city.

It was C.T.'s week to awake early for mess so he could see and hear the shots being fired and attempted to rouse his fellow volunteers who tried to run for their lives. C.T. personally saw 18 of his regiment killed out of 22. He spent about an hour hiding in a house with several other people before finally being robbed and forced out into the street by a raider setting the house on fire. Luckily, by the time C.T. was sent outside, the raiders were nearing the end of their raid but C.T. still saw at least four more people murdered in front of him and one suffocate trying to save the mayor.

C.T. married Elizabeth Sowash in February of 1867 and built a house on the southeast quarter of his family's land before moving to Osage County, Kansas and then to Oklahoma when the Cherokee Strip opened in 1893. C.T. often returned to Lawrence to visit family and talk about the Raid and was even featured in the 1913 commemoration where he wrote about his memories of the Raid. In 1915, C.T. retired and spent most of his time in Long Beach, California until his failing health caused him to move back to Oklahoma with his daughter in 1928. C.T. passed away December 5, 1931 and is buried in Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Some interesting facts I learned about C.T.:
  • C.T.'s brother Charles Jackson was a lieutenant in the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers when Quantrill attacked. Charles, along with several other men, chased Quantrill out of town to the south toward Paola and ultimately back into Missouri but they never got their revenge. Charles would be killed in action during the Battle of Poison Springs in 1864.
  • C.T.'s commanding officer, Lt. Leroy Beam was in Leavenworth acquiring weapons for his command. Lt. Beam, later Major Beam, would always feel guilty about not being in Lawrence to lead his men. Maj. Beam would later move to Richland, Kansas near the Douglas-Shawnee County line. Beam would pass away in 1901 and the ruins of his stone house still stand.
  • C.T. would meet Cole Younger, a rider with Quantrill, in Oklahoma. C.T. and Cole would talk about the raid never divulging incriminating evidence like who Cole actually killed or who killed fellow raider Larkin Skaggs. After meeting C.T., Cole would remark that he was glad now that C.T. wasn't killed.
  • C.T. and Elizabeth had two children, Rose and Mary. Descendants of the Colman family still live in the Stull and Kanwaka areas of Douglas County.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ANNA E. MAAS
DIED
Sept. 10, 1882
AGED
18 Yrs. & 3 Dys
------
There is no parting in Heaven.
Lord she was thine not my own.

Worden Cemetery, Willow Springs Township, Douglas County, Kansas

Monday, August 26, 2013

She's Just Being Miley

I watched the VMAs last night mainly because my wife wanted to see the *NSync reunion. You know, the reunion that lasted just over two minutes where they only sang 30% of a song? Anyway, I got to see Miley Cyrus stick out her tongue, finger herself with a foam finger, stick out her tongue, get to third base with some teddy bears, twerk her ass around Robin Thicke and stick out her tongue. I was entertained even if a majority of people and news outlets were not.
Seriously, she can't keep her tongue in her mouth.
Unfortunately I've been seeing people today saying how terrible of a father Billy Ray Cyrus is and how terrible a role model Miley is and just how disgusting and disturbing she is. I just don't understand where all this hatred is coming from.

Miley seems fairly smart as she tries to keep up with the times and try new things. She's 20-years-old, almost 21, with a career that is showing no sign of ending any time soon. She's never been caught in any type of horrifying scandal except for maybe smoking marijuana and possibly some boob shots. She shows no signs of being on any hard drugs or that she drinks a lot nor has she gotten pregnant at a young age. What I see is a young girl who knows what she wants to do in life and genuinely enjoys doing it and genuinely enjoys life. Who wouldn't want that from their daughter? No, Miley isn't perfect but who is?

Brutus is permanently traveling through a tunnel which explains his pasty complexion.
LAWRENCE
DUANE
HUTCHENS
AUG. 28,
OCT. 18, 1938

Worden Cemetery, Willow Springs Township, Douglas County, Kansas

Sunday, August 25, 2013

He Forgot To Yell "Fore"...Not That It Matters

Yay! Another golf outing. One thing I've always said is that there is never enough golf in comic strips.
I have never seen a grave marker like this before. It appears that you can take off the top and replace the flowers or whatever when you want. It's handy as it keeps the flowers off of the ground which can be a bother to maintenance but I question the actual use and upkeep of something like this.

Clara. Lutz. Pardee
1921 - Age - 41

I assume this grave marker was made by Perry Johnson of Topeka, Kansas because that is what's printed on the lid. I was unable to find any patent information on it.

Worden Cemetery, Willow Springs Township, Douglas County, Kansas

Friday, August 23, 2013

He Has a Point

But seriously, Mother Gargle is, like, 70 years old. If you light 70 candles the first few are going to be pretty well melted by the time you finish. Just light those number candles.
MABLE I.
DAU. OF
W.W. & ANNETTIE
SHOCKEY
OCT.5, 1890
JAN. 13, 1891.
------
INFANT
MAR. 13, 1889
MAR. 19, 1889

Sutton Cemetery, Willow Springs Township, Douglas County, Kansas

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Citric Acid...But Why?

Considering Diet Soda has more chemicals in it than regular soda, I'm not surprised to see some benzoates in there. I'm not a fan of diet soda mainly because I'm not a fan of the taste of liquid rectum and I don't think it actually does anything to help but whatever helps you get through life.
BEHOLD I STAND AT THE
DOOR AND KNOCK

C.W. INGLE
SEP. 11, 1831
JUN. 12, 1909

Charles Wesley and yesterday's entry, Margaret, married in Attica, Ohio on November 3, 1852. They had three children, Francis, Elizabeth, Grant.

Charles Ingle, via FindAGrave


Sutton Cemetery, Willow Springs Township, Douglas County, Kansas

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Abraham Rothrock was the last person that Quantrill shot during the raid. Rothrock lived near Brooklyn and was a Dunkard minister, who Quantrill also targeted that day. Abraham survived the raid but died from his injuries nearly seven years later.

ROTHROCK

ABRAHAM                                     MARY
DIED FEB. 2, 1870                         DIED DEC. 6, 1893
73 YRS. 3 MOS. 26 DAYS             83 YRS. 7 MOS. 2 DAYS

Brumbaugh Cemetery, Wakarusa Township, Douglas County, Kansas
After the raid, most of the victims were buried in two massive trenches in Oread Cemetery west of town. After a few years, it was decided that Oread Cemetery was not a proper burial site as it was hard to get to and far away from the town. Oak Hill Cemetery was established in 1865 and most of the raid victims were moved there. Long divots in the ground at Oread, now renamed Pioneer, mark where the burial trenches once were.

Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas
North Side:

ELWOOD W. NEFF
Accidentally Killed

OCTOBER 22, 1876
Aged
26 YRS. 3 MOS.

MARY E.
His Wife
BORN OCT. 7, 1850.
DIED DEC. 6, 1886

West Side:
OUR LITTLE JOE,
Aged
6yrs. 10ms. 26 ds.

Accidentally shot
Aug. 4, 1865.

ROSE SPEER
BORN FEB. 29, 1864
DIED IN DENVER
APR. 25, 1889

South Side:
JOHN M.

Aged
19 ys. 10 ms. 21 ds.
------
ROBERT
Aged 18 yrs.
------
These boys were killed
in the Lawrence Mas-
sacre Aug. 21, 1863-
the elder found mur-
dered in the streets;
the younger supposed
to have been burned in
ruins. his body never
found.

East Side:
JOHN SPEER
BORN IN
KITTANNING, PA
DEC. 27, 1817
DIED IN DENVER
DEC. 15, 1906

ELIZABETH D. SPEER
Wife of
JOHN SPEER
Died
APRIL 19, 1876
AGED 36 YRS.



Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas

Lawrence Massacre Markers

HERE NEAR A SCORE
OF UNARMED RECRUITS
WERE SHOT
AUG. 21, 1863

mid-block on New Hampshire Street between 9th & 10th Streets

In honor of these members of the
14th Kansas Cavalry
who lost their lives on August 21, 1863
in Lt. Col. William C. Quantrill's raid
on the City of Lawrence, Kansas.

Charles Anderson                    Asbury (Ashbury) Parker
Charles R. Allen                      Isaac J. Parker
John B. Cooper                       Charles F. (T.) Riggs
John R. Green                         Robert Speer
Walter B.S. Griswold              John Watson
Aaron Halderman                    William A. Waugh
David Markle                              James Wilson
Lewis Markle                          Andrew J. Woods
Samuel Markle                                               

Source: Complete Tombstone Census of Douglas County, Kansas, Vol. 1, 1987

mid-block on New Hampshire Street between 9th & 10th Streets on the parking garage wall

HERE GRISWOLD
BAKER, THORP AND
TRASK WERE SHOT
AUG. 21, 1863

southside alleyway on 7th Street between Louisiana & Indiana Streets

SITE OF FIRST
METHODIST CHURCH
IN LAWRENCE
BOUGHT JULY 6, 1855
BUILDING ERECTED 1857
USED AS MORGUE AUG. 21, 1863

mid-block on Vermont Street between 7th & 8th Streets on wall of AT&T building

SITE OF BARRACKS
AND TRENCHES
1863

on Lilac Lane on University of Kansas campus between Fraser and Blake Halls


BROOKLYN
------

Early trading center on
Santa Fe Trail

Destroyed by Quantrill
August 21, 1863

located at N 550 and E 1400, Palmyra Township

QUANTRILL'S

TRAIL

located at each intersection of Quantrill's route out of Lawrence, only five remain (along E 1400 near Wakarusa River, E 1450 near N 1000, N 800 near E 1450, E 1400 near County Road 460, E 1400 near N 200 and E 1400 near N 100)

QUANTRILL'S

TRAIL

located along E 1400 just past the bend between N 100 and N 1, this sign has since disappeared
JOHN L. CRANE,
BORN
at Washington, Mass.

Sept. 30, 1829
Killed in the
Quantrell raid
Aug. 21, 1863

Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas

CHESTER HAY
[Die]d Aug. 21

1863
A. 28Y.1m.
8d.
Killed in the Lawrence massacre
Champ & Porter, Law.

Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas
LOUIS CARPENTER
Born
Dec. 14, 1829
Killed In The Lawrence Raid
Aug. 21, 1863

Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas
LOUIS H. SWAN
Killed in the
Lawrence raid
Aug. 21, 1863.
Aged 31 y.
3d.
.

Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas

The Lawrence Massacre

William Quantrill
150 years ago today, William Clarke Quantrill and between 300 and 400 Southern sympathizers rode into Lawrence, Kansas with the intention of burning it down and killing any man who sided with the abolitionists. Between the hours of 5 A.M. and 9 A.M., Quantrill and his men killed between 150 and 200 men and boys and burned most of the houses and businesses down. The men then retreated south, burned down the small Santa Fe Trail town of Brooklyn and then were chased by Union soldiers to Paola where they were able to elude capture and escape back to Missouri.

The years between 1854 when Kansas Territory opened for settlement and the Civil War was a constant stream of retaliation and back and forth between anti- and pro-slavery factions. Quantrill's Raid, or the Lawrence Massacre, was in retaliation for the Union burning of Osceola, Missouri on September 23, 1861 but was probably exacerbated by the collapse of the woman's prison in Kansas City, Missouri on August 13, 1863. The women were jailed due to General Thomas Ewing's General Order No. 10 which ordered the arrest of anyone get aid or otherwise helping Confederate guerillas. All ten girls in the prison during the collapse were under the age of 20 and four died including the 15-year-old sister of William "Blood Bill" Anderson, Josephine. Rumors at the time pointed to abolitionist sabotage of the prison but the reality was, it was just a poorly constructed building.
During the Massacre. From Harper's Weekly.
After the Massacre, General Ewing authorized General Order No. 11 which ordered the depopulation of three and a half Missouri counties along the Kansas border (Bates, Cass, Jackson and part of Vernon). All people had to leave their property unless they lived within one mile of the major towns of Independence, Hickman Mills, Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville. Part of Kansas City was also spared. The Order was supposed to be a deterent to additional pro-Southern activity but also pro-Union activity because Senator James Lane's proposal was to attack and burn all the counties along the Kansas-Missouri border. Unfortunately, Gen. Ewing was unable to control sent to carry out the order and animals and other property were stolen and houses, farms and outbuildings were burned.
A George Caleb Bingham painting of Gen. Ewing watching from his horse as Order
No. 11 is carried out. Bingham called the order an "act of imbecility."
Lawrence was rebuilt fairly quickly with some businesses able to reopen within the next month. Quantrill, meanwhile, rode his gang to Texas where within a month, they had splintered and never acheived the success they had in Lawrence. Quantrill died of wounds he received in Kentucky in 1865 and is buried in The Fourth Street Cemetery in Dover, Ohio after being originally interred in St. John's Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. Only one of Quantrill's men was captured in Lawrence during the raid. Larkin Skaggs, believing Quantrill left the way he came, was cornered leaving town and was killed. It was rumored that Skaggs' body was hung up in Lawrence and Skagg's Find A Grave says he is buried in St. Peter Pioneer Cemetery but more than likely he was thrown in the river or even just buried somewhere in an unmarked grave.
The ruins of Lawrence after the raid.
All around Lawrence are reminders of the Massacre. The city seals even commemorates the attack with a phoenix rising from the ruins of the Eldridge Hotel above the date 1863.

Front:
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY CITIZENS
WHO DEFENCELESS FELL
VICTIMS TO THE INHUMAN FEROCITY OF BORDER
GUERRILLAS LED BY THE INFAMOUS QUANTRELL
IN HIS RAID UPON LAWRENCE.
AUGUST 21ST, 1863.
------
ERECTED MAY 20TH, 1886.

Reverse:
THE ROLLS OF THEIR NAMES MAY BE FOUND IN THE
CITY CLERK'S OFFICE, LAWRENCE, AND IN THE
RECORDS OF THE STATE HISTORICAL
SOCIETY, TOPEKA.

Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rock of Ages

MARGARET
WIFE OF
C.W. INGLE
DEC. 1, 1838
MAR. 3, 1904

Sutton Cemetery, Willow Springs Township, Douglas County, Kansas

Monday, August 19, 2013

Making Tea Cozies Would Be Mine

Now wait a minute. As someone who has been reading The Born Loser religiously since 2008, I know for a fact that Veeblefester, if not Rancid then his father, founded the tea cozy empire. Either way, Veeblefester's time at this company doesn't warrant a congratulations. You either congratulate him for his company surviving through many decades of bad tea cozy economies or you congratulate him on being born into a well-off family.

ROBERT HALL

Born
SEPT. 27, 1805
Died
SEPT. 23, 1886
------
GRACE
Born
JUNE 6, 1808
Died
SEPT. 5, 1867
------
HANNAH
Born
AUG. 13, 1822
Died
DEC. 30, 1880
Wives of
ROBERT HALL
Life's Work All Done
Now Cometh Rest




Sutton Cemetery, Willow Springs Township, Douglas County, Kansas

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Seems Like Brutus Has Some..."Rain" Damage

How long has Brutus been holding back this gem just begging the storm gods for that sweet, sweet frozen rain ball to come plummeting to Earth.
As you may have noticed, I have started posted over here again. Everything was originally supposed to start on September 15th but I decided to start posted LAMNB and gravestone pictures earlier than planned. Everything else will begin on or shortly after the 15th.

It's been ten years since my Grandma passed away. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, married during her senior year of high school. My Grandma and Grandpa moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1967 when All-Star Dairy opened a new factory there and lived there until 1970 when they moved to Baldwin City where they spent the rest of their lives. My Grandma worked in the food service department of Baker University for over twenty years before retiring in 1992. My Grandpa worked for All-Star for 35 years before retiring and then working for Allen Press for ten years.


Mom                 Dad
HALL
JOYCE A.                 MANFORD L.
OCT. 18, 1939          OCT. 22, 1935
AUG. 18, 2003          DEC. 25, 2006
Missed By Their Children
Linda, Karen, Becky, Donald

Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas