Here are the answers to the “easy” version of the 2021 Spring Scramble scavenger hunt:
Oscar C. McDonald served in the US Navy during the Korean War (1950-1953).
Georgia Ann Bridwell Calvo died in 1909 at age 69. In the Victorian era, “cemetery” meant “sleeping place”— a more pleasant term than “graveyard” or “burial ground.” Victorians preferred to view death as eternal sleep. Many markers resemble beds, cradles, or pillows.
3. Hardy Ivy
Hardy Ivy and his wife, Sarah Todd Ivy, were among the earliest pioneers to settle in the forest land that became Atlanta. He built a double log cabin near the present site of the Marriott Marquis hotel at the corner of Courtland and Ellis Street. Ivy was thrown from a horse and died of a broken neck in 1842. It is not known where he is interred, but Sarah came to rest at Oakland when she died in 1865. Hardy Ivy Park, at the intersection of Peachtree and Baker Street, is named for the pioneer. A large monument in the center honors Hardy Ivy.
Walter Thomas Daniel Jr. lived less than two months. The infant mortality rate was high during the Victorian period and the decades after. According to reports, the death rate of infants under 1 year of age was 112.9 for every 1,000 births in 1911. That’s about eight times the death rate of all ages. Medical breakthroughs and public health advances led to a steady decrease in the infant mortality rate starting in the mid-20th century.
5. Joseph Augustine Sams
Joseph Augustine Sams had a lot of love for his family. He married Eliza Catherine Houston on May 25, 1879, by the Rev. Dr. Spalding of Atlanta. They had five children: Joseph Jr., Augustine, Lula, Katie, and Norma.
6. St. Louis IX and St. Barbara
Louis IX is the only French king to be declared a saint. Canonized in 1297, Louis IX is often considered the model of the ideal Christian monarch. Saint Barbara was an early Christian Lebanese and Greek saint and martyr. Barbara continues to be a popular saint in modern times, perhaps best known as the patron saint of military engineers, artillerymen, miners, and mathematicians.
7. Leyden Artillery
Dr. Noel D’Alvigny (1800-1877) was the attending physician of Dr. James Nissen, Oakland’s first official burial. Dr. D’Alvigny was a founding faculty member of Atlanta Medical College, treated soldiers during the Civil War, and is believed to be the inspiration for the character of Dr. Meade in Gone with the Wind.
Located at the gravesite of Pauline Winter Kaufmann and Charles Emil Kaufmann, the plaque shows two men holding anchors. An anchor is a Victorian symbol for hope.
Henry C. Beermann was the son of Charles Beermann, a successful cigar and tobacco merchant who served as president of the Atlanta Brewing and Ice Company from 1890 to 1896. Henry joined his father at the brewery and worked as a merchant. A great name for the job! He married Anna Magdalena (Lena) Evers on December 18, 1881. The pair had two children together.
10. Torbjorn Lagerwall
Torbjorn Lagerwall is listed as a brewer in the 1917 Augusta city directory.
Dorcus Emilie “Emma” Wing Burnett died in 1921 and came to rest in this lot at Oakland Cemetery. Her name, birth date, and death date are carved into the wall, which indicates she did not have a headstone at the time of burial. We’re not sure why she is buried alone. Her husband’s burial place is unknown. One son is buried at Westview Cemetery. Another son is buried near Oakland’s Bell Tower, and her daughter rests in an unmarked grave in Potter’s Field.
12. Joseph Francis Gatins III
Joseph Francis Gatins III (1915-1983) served in the French army during World War II. He was a prisoner-of-war at five different German prison camps. After escaping in 1943, he married Sylvia de German-Ribon (1915-1987), a Columbian heiress. The couple moved to New York in 1946. Following a long battle with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the family settled in Atlanta in 1952.
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