Here are the answers to the 2021 Searching for Love scavenger hunt:
1. Edward Valentine Klotz
Born on Valentine’s Day, Edward Valentine Klotz has a very romantic epitaph – “All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.”
Valencia Nichols waits for her husband, Matthew, in heaven. Their epitaph reads, “The love of my life God willing we will meet again in heaven one day.”
3. John Flynn and Catherine Flynn
John Hughes Flynn, a locomotive engineer, ran a train route between Atlanta and Ringgold, Georgia. He became annoyed when a young lady pelted his train with stones as it passed by her Atlanta house. After this happened several times, Flynn finally stopped his train, climbed from the cab, and went to her door to complain to her parents. When he got a better look at the young woman, his anger turned to attraction. A courtship soon followed. John Flynn and Kate Dougherty married in 1858.
Decades before he served on the Georgia Supreme Court, Logan Bleckley opened a law practice with partners John B. Gordon and Basil Overby. The three men were also brothers-in-law, each having married a Haralson sister (Caroline, Frances, and Elizabeth) from LaGrange. The three couples are all buried at Oakland. Married in 1857, Logan and Caroline Bleckley had four children together. She died in 1892. The following year, 66-year-old Logan remarried Chloe Herring, a woman almost forty years his junior. They had five children together before his death in 1907 at age 79.
5. Exquisite music
The bronze urn dedicated to Mary Marsh Crankshaw bears the inscription: “When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.” This is a line from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem of love, “Evangeline.” Mary died at age 25 from heart problems, only a year after marrying Charles Crankshaw. Charles and Mary rest in the Marsh Mausoleum.
6. May 4, 1974
The loving relationship between Arthur and Mary Ellen Collier is displayed on their shared grave marker. The marker includes their wedding date and a pair of wedding rings. The quote – “Love one another but make not a bond of love” – comes from Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese-American poet. Gibran believed that the secret to a loving and lasting relationship was a balance between intimacy and independence.
Marie Olga Butts married James Thomas Shaw on July 3, 1958. Their marker is a cenotaph. A cenotaph is an empty tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been reinterred elsewhere. The Shaws rest eternally in Harrison Cemetery in Killen, Alabama.
Valentine B. Schnitzelte married James Harvey McWaters in 1910. During their 35-year-marriage, Valentine and James had at least six children together.
Coleman Brown and Nannie Lou Mathewson were both born in October – 21 years apart. The couple married and lived in the West End where Coleman worked as an upholsterer. After Coleman died in 1907, Nannie moved to a house on Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta. She died on March 26, 1941, and joined her husband at Oakland Cemetery.