Here are the answers to the “deadly” version of the 2021 Haunted Hunt scavenger hunt:
1. All sorrow
James Edwin Rutledge is buried just west of Jasper Newton Smith, a Walton County native. Rutledge’s family stone contains a common Masonic symbol. The Square and Compasses (or, more correctly, a square and a set of compasses joined together) is the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Both the square and compasses are architect tools and are used in Masonic rituals to teach symbolic lessons.
Daniel Dougherty opened the first bakery in Atlanta. He also opened a ten-pin bowling alley. In April 1855, Dougherty was stabbed in the abdomen on Whitehall Street. His murderer, a man named Martin, was never captured.
3. January 7, 1901
Mary Harville died in 1855 at age 28, leaving behind her husband William and a daughter, Mary. During the Victorian era, a man mourning his deceased wife was expected to wait two years to remarry. But widowers often remarried earlier to gain a wife to run the household or care for children. William Harville married Lucinda Saunders less than a year after Mary passed.
Mabel Stoke’s shell gravestone was a common choice for children who died young. The shell is a symbol of resurrection. The grave marker was so popular that it could be purchased through the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog – the 19th-century version of Amazon.
Ensign Jack B. Gordon Jr. died on December 15, 1944, in the sinking of the Japanese ship Oryoku Maru transporting American prisoners of war. Gordon received his commission at the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1941. He received orders in July 1941 to report for active duty.
Gordon was stationed in the Philippines when his base was bombed by the Japanese on December 8, 1941. He escaped to Fort Mills, Corregidor, and was with the American forces who surrendered there in May 1942. Ensign Gordon became a POW and was held in Cabanatuan and Bilibid prison camp. In December 1944, Gordon and over 1,600 other prisoners were loaded onto the Oryoku Maru. The Oryoku Maru was a “hell ship,” a transport vessel known for terrible conditions and the many deaths that occurred on board. As the unmarked ship approached Subic Bay in the Philippines, it was attacked by US Navy planes. This caused the ship to sink on December 15, 1944. About 270 died aboard the ship. Some died from suffocation or dehydration. Others died in the attack, drowned, or were shot while escaping the ship as it sank in Subic Bay.
Gullie Goldin is buried next to his parents, Benjamin and Sarah.
7. Company C
Needham Hunt, a private in the Georgia Infantry, lost one of his arms during the Civil War. After the war, he found work as a night guard at Oakland Cemetery. According to legend, he discovered grave robbers at Oakland one night. Firing his gun at the thieves, Hunt chased them off the grounds.
8. In our hearts
Lucille Selig Frank’s husband, Leo Frank, was the prime suspect in the murder of Mary Phagan, his 13-year-old female employee, in 1913. Throughout the trial, Lucille Selig Frank ardently proclaimed her husband’s innocence. It is widely believed that Frank was convicted on shaky evidence. After reviewing the legal briefs, Governor John Slaton commuted the sentence to life in prison. A mob comprised of many prominent Georgia citizens dragged Leo Frank from a Milledgeville prison and drove him to Marietta. The next morning – August 17, 1915 – the mob lynched Frank from an oak tree. After her husband’s murder, Lucille Selig Frank withdrew from society. She occasionally sought out psychic mediums in hopes to once again speak with her husband. When Lucille Selig Frank died in 1957, it was not reported in the newspapers, as her family feared a renewed interest in the controversial trial and murders. Her nephews buried her ashes between her parents in Oakland Cemetery.
Reuben Arnold was regarded as the best-known attorney in Atlanta in the early 20th century. In July 1913, he represented a man accused of murder – Leo Frank. The trial concluded after 25 days. In less than 2 hours, the jury returned a verdict – Guilty. Over the next year and a half, Arnold and Frank’s other lawyers unsuccessfully appealed the case. Arnold then turned to a new strategy, a campaign for clemency. On June 20, 1915, Governor Slaton commuted Frank’s sentence from death by hanging to life in prison. His decision enraged the public. An armed mob marched on the Governor’s home and had to be dispersed by the National Guard.
These three babies are a few of the thousands of children buried in Oakland. Infant and child mortality was high in the 19th century. Approximately one-third of all children born died before age 10. These rates did not trend down until the 20th century.
11. Captain Charles Wallace
Captain Wallace moved to Warrenton, Georgia, after the Civil War. He became editor of the local newspaper, The Warrenton Clipper. Captain Wallace applied to join the town’s Masonic lodge, but his membership bid was sabotaged by Dr. G.W. Darden. The town’s physician promised to support Wallace in becoming a Mason but blackballed him instead. In retaliation, Captain Wallace published a scathing article in the Clipper, calling Dr. Darden a “liar and villain.” The next morning, Dr. Darden ambushed Captain Wallace in the town center, shooting him twice with a shotgun from a second-story window. After killing Captain Wallace in cold blood, Dr. Darden turned himself over to the sheriff and asked for protection. Later that day, a mob of disguised men broke into the jail and abducted the doctor. The gang permitted Dr. Darden to write his last will, and then tied him to a tree and shot him more than 30 times.
12. Argonne Forest
Lieutenant Charles Dodd Montgomery Jr. was attached to Company D, 9th Machine Gun Battalion, 3rd Division. He embarked for service on March 31, 1918. Lieutenant Montgomery was engaged in six battles before being killed in action at Bois-de-Foret, Meuse Argonne, France on October 15, 1918. His marker is a cenotaph, an “empty tomb” for someone not buried there.