A stone that has been supporting a garage was seen in Eastlake. It is broken off at the top, and a thick, old narrow marble stone. It appears to be for two children. Its original location is unknown.
United States Cemetery Address Book lists a cemetery at 4428 Wood Street. A Charles Grantham bought this property in 1968, but there is no knowledge of any cemetery in the area. Lost Nation Road used to be named Wood Road, so perhaps that is a possibility.
The following article was in the Telegraph=Republican 9 May 1912 on page 1:
MYSTERY OF COFFIN PLATE IS NOT KNOWN
Boys Make Queer Discovery in Bed of Chagrin River at Willoughby.
One day last week while angling in the river below Glenn avenue, the son of joseph Ryan, aged about 13, brought to the surface what he first supposed was a huge fish. It proved, however, to be a silver coffin plate in a good state of preservation, and bore the following inscription, finely engraved:
AGED 91 YEARS.”
Mr. John T. Chambers brought the plate to this office, says the Willoughby Independent, where it has excited much curiosity. Certainly a history is attached to the plate, and it would be interesting to know who the deceased was and how the plate came to be in the river.
Will any person who can throw any light on the subject and help to solve the mystery please communicate with this office?[The project cemetery index lists two possibilities:
- Fannie E. Foster, in Mentor Cemetery, Section 3A, died in 1885 at age 91.
- Fannie Foster, in Painesville’s Evergreen Cemetery, Section 17B, died April 8, 1899.
Of course, it may be that the plate belonged to someone else.]
Holden Arboretum benefactors, the Cornings, are said to have been buried on land at Lantern Court. No follow-up has been done on this new information.