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Here are the answers to the “deadly” version of the 2021 Spring Scramble scavenger hunt:

1. 1925
Isabella Angela “Money” Browne married John Joseph Gannon. Together, they had six children. Julian, May, William, Bernard, and Loyola are all buried in Oakland. Daughter Regina rests at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola, Florida.

2. Geenstendorf
John Domini was born in Geestendorf, Hanover, Germany in 1849. He immigrated to the United States and settled in Atlanta. Domini served as the chairman of the Turnverein, a society for German ex-pats. Turnverein groups hosted cultural programs, many that had a physical education focus like practicing gymnastics. And they drank a lot of beer.

3. Edgar Neely Echols
Edgar Neely Echols served as a Technician fifth grade and would have been addressed as “corporal.” He fought with the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. The regiment’s 1st and 2nd Battalions were formed at Fort Benning in Georgia. Unlike many other airborne units that fought in Europe, the 503rd was the first airborne regiment to fight in the Pacific as an independent unit.

4. 1963
A graduate of Atlanta University and the Atlanta School of Social Work, Birdie E. Gaither dedicated her life to service. She was committed to various civic organizations and her church, the First Congregation Church of Atlanta. Several Atlanta Daily World articles note that Gaither was known for hosting meetings and parties at her home at 140 Howell Street for various groups and clubs in the African American community. These gatherings included a meeting of the Utopian Literary Club to discuss Japanese culture featuring guest speaker Royokichi Hirono. Gaither passed away on December 15, 1963, and left behind six children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

5. A Loving Mother
Psyche Rucker wanted to be remembered by one thing – her love for her daughter, Rosa.

6. Peace
Reverend Rufus Houston was born into slavery. At age 11, he was sold away from his parents and remained separated from his family until after slavery was abolished. Houston moved to Atlanta after the Civil War. Thousands of other African Americans like Houston came to Atlanta looking for education, employment, or aid. During slavery, educating African Americans was illegal in many Southern states. Houston was able to go to school for the first time by attending night classes after his workday was over. He worked as a laborer, a coach driver, and for the U. S. Post Office. Houston’s years of striving, saving, and studying finally allowed him to achieve his goal of literacy and becoming a minister. He was ordained as a deacon of Friendship Baptist Church and licensed to preach. His gravestone is a symbol of his dedication to the ministry.

7. February 23, 1897
Born in Cleveland, Jessie M. Field married William Augustus Long from LaGrange, Georgia. They were married only a year before Jessie died from an unknown illness that she had been suffering from for four months. Her husband, William, tragically committed suicide by overdosing on morphine at the Kimball House hotel six years later.

8. Butterflies
Walter Thomas Jones died in 2018 at age 80. The butterflies on his memorial bench could have significant meaning. The symbol goes way back to ancient Greece when the word for butterfly was also “psyche,” which also translates to “soul.” There’s an Irish saying that goes, “Butterflies are souls of the dead, waiting to pass through purgatory.”

9. Budded, Bloom
The epitaph, “Budded on Earth, To bloom in Heaven,” expressed the fragility of life and was commonly used for children who died young. The Cole urn draped with a mantle is another symbol for intense mourning and grief.

10. Israel
The Ellis Vault contains the remains of Leslie Israel Ellis Elder, Leslie’s sister Katherine Ellis Newman, and parents Frank and Jane Ellis.

11. Sacred Harp Song Book
As a child, Benjamin Franklin White developed his love for music at his church in South Carolina. Along with his brother-in-law, White published a collection of tunes and original compositions in 1835. The manuscript, known as The Southern Harmony, became a very popular tune book across the South. White moved his family to Harris County, Georgia in 1842 and organized a singing school, where he met a talented singer named Elisha J. King. The pair published their now-famous shape-note tune book, The Sacred Harp, in 1844. In shape note-singing, four notes (fa, sol, la, mi) are represented by four shapes to simplify make it easier for singers to read. Singers pump their arms up and down in unison as a communal form of conducting. Also referred to as Sacred Harp singing, shape-note singing became popular with churchgoers who could not afford music instruments nor read music. The Sacred Harp contains more than 250 hymns and songs, some of which can be traced to medieval England. Sacred Harp singing is still performed today.

12. George Emory Huckaby
Located next to the Pound family lot, George Emory Huckaby was much loved by his family. His epitaph “I loved him. You would too if you had known him” shows that devotion.

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