The sculpture group I found long ago in Calvary Cemetery’s mausoleum came from one of the transept altars, as can be seen below. Sadly, that altar, or what is left of it, is largely destroyed as of 2012.
I was looking out over Calvary Cemetery recently and marveled at how the view in front of me was almost completely blocked by tombstones.
Members of the Griesedieck family have told me there are dozens of their relatives alive and well in St. Louis, and I just discovered a whole bunch more of them buried at Calvary. This cluster is across the way from… Continue Reading
Located right behind William T. Sherman’s grave in Calvary is this unique, if proportionally strange tomb. I wonder who she was.
We’re not sure, but it seems like the historic Biddle Mausoleum might have suffered more damage over the winter. For some reason, I had neglected to photograph the the two portrait busts of Thomas Biddle and Anne Mullanphy. The roof… Continue Reading
The second president of the Falstaff Brewing Corporation lies in a line of other family members at Calvary. Alvin Sr. converted to Catholicism to marry his wife, Mary O’Donnell.
Calvary Cemetery is a beautiful, rolling landscape, with a park like setting. Many people would actually picnic at their relatives’ graves, and the surroundings were designed to reflect that.
Calvary Cemetery has several notable individuals, including the famous Dred Scott; I read recently that most people in America don’t know who he is anymore. Very sad. I find it interesting that what was once a Jewish practice–leaving small stones… Continue Reading
I know many people, myself included, have been guilty of saying Bellefontaine Cemetery is better than Calvary because there are more cool mausolea in the former. But Calvary still represents with a couple of interesting mausolea I discovered last week… Continue Reading