Sunday, March 6, 2016

Lakeview, Rory and God

A Look at Another Ohio Landmark:

Lake View Cemetery

Lake View Cemetery was founded in 1869 and sits on 285 acres (1.15 km2) of land.[1]:98 The cemetery is so named because it is partially located in the "heights" area of Greater Cleveland, with a view of Lake Erie to the north. It was modeled after the great garden cemeteries of Victorian-era England and France. The Italian stonemasons brought in to create the Cemetery founded the Cleveland neighborhood of Little Italy just to its southwest.
The James A. Garfield Memorial is the most prominent point of interest at Lake View Cemetery. The ornate interior features a large marble statue, stained glass, bas relief, and various historical relics from Garfield's life and presidency. The monument also serves as a scenic observation deck and picnic area. President and Mrs. Garfield are entombed in the lower level crypt, their coffins placed side by side and visible to cemetery visitors.
Another prominent structure in the cemetery is the Wade Chapel. A small but magnificent chapel with Tiffany windows and elaborate Biblically-inspired mosaics on the walls, the edifice is still used for small weddings and located north and down the hill from the Garfield monument.

Notable interments

George Washington Crile, co-founder of the Cleveland Clinic and the first surgeon to successfully perform a direct blood transfusion

Alan Freed, radio disc jockey who popularized the term "rock and roll"

Stephen V. Harkness, investor and founding partner of Standard Oil along with John D. Rockefeller

John Hay, former United States Secretary of State and aide to President Abraham Lincoln

Edwin Converse Higbee, founder of Higbee's, the first department store in Cleveland

Eliot Ness, detective, investigator and Cleveland safety director best known member of The Untouchables (Ness's ashes and those of his wife Elizabeth and son Robert were scattered over a pond in the cemetery. A memorial marker stands nearby.)

John D. Rockefeller, billionaire oil tycoon and philanthropist

Henry Alden Sherwin (1842–1916) was one of the two founders of the Sherwin-Williams Company in 1866. The company was created in part by both Sherwin and Edward Porter Williams.

Carl B. Stokes, Mayor of Cleveland, United States ambassador, first African American elected mayor of a major American city

James Salisbury, inventor of the Salisbury steak

Adella Prentiss Hughes, founder of the Cleveland Orchestra

James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States

James A. Garfield Monument
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the James A. Garfield Monument is the final resting place of the 20th President of the United States. The monument is open daily, April 1 through November 19, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The building combines Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine styles of architecture. Our staff will discuss the President’s life, and the beauty and history of the building. Items- from post cards, posters, puzzles and books- are for sale in our gift shop.
Lake View Cemetery garfield monumentDesigned by architect George Keller, the Garfield Monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1890. The Garfield Monument stands 180 feet tall and is constructed of Berea Sandstone. Around the exterior of the balcony are five, terra cotta panels by Casper Bubel, with over 110 figures all life size, depicting Garfield’s life and death. The panels include Garfield as a teacher, as Major General in the Civil War, an orator, taking the oath of office and lying in state in the rotunda of the Capital in Washington DC.

The Memorial Hall includes rich, gold mosaics, beautifully colored marble, stained glass windows and deep- red granite columns. The stained glass windows and window like panes represent the original 13 colonies, plus the state of Ohio, along with panels depicting War and Peace. Standing in the main floor is a statue of the President sculpted by Alexander Doyle.
lake view cemetery garfield monumentPresident Garfield’s casket, draped with an American Flag, is the only Presidential casket on full display. Mrs. Garfield’s casket is also located in the crypt. The remains of their daughter Mary (Molly), and her husband, Joseph Stanley Brown, are in the two urns located in front of the Garfields’ caskets.

lake view cemeteryVenture up 64 steps from the lobby to the outdoor balcony. On a clear day you can see 40 miles of the Lake Erie shore. We are called Lake View Cemetery due to the magnificent view that one can see of Lake Erie from the outdoor balcony.

lake view cemetery james garfieldBorn in November 19, 1831, in what is now known as Moreland Hills, OH, President Garfield valued education. He graduated in 1856 from Williams College in Massachusetts, and became President of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (known today as Hiram College). Serving his country during the Civil War, Garfield rose to the rank of Major General. Convinced by President Lincoln that it was important to serve his country in Congress, Garfield was elected in 1862 serving for the next 18 years.
While attending the Republican Convention in 1880, Garfield became the “dark horse” nominee on the 36th ballot. Winning the election by only 10,000 votes, President Garfield took the oath of office on March 4, 1881. On July 2, 1881, just four months after being sworn in as president, Garfield left for a holiday with his family. Walking through the train depot in Washington, DC, Garfield was shot by a disappointed officer seeker; he lingered for two months, then died on Sept. 19, 1881, two months short of his 50th birthday.
President Garfield is the only American President that you would be able to visit his birthplace, home and final resting place in one day.

Rory is not longer in pain.  She is in Heaven with her creator.  I found a beautiful video that will make you cry.

Dolly and Rory

This is similar to my reading for quiet time this morning.  God walks in front of me to protect me and beside me to guide me.

When I saw this it reminded me that Jesus is with me in the storm. He is there to lead me through the storm.

I thought this was just beautiful.

I need to pray this prayer because sometimes I am so judgemental in my thoughts.

God has been my refuge this week.  I am so glad He is with me every moment of every day.

Blessing of the Day: Time to myself this morning to spend with God.

Thanks for the visit.

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