Monday, August 15, 2011

footsteps revisited

in a whole new perspective. I grew up in a very family friendly neighborhood, where everyone knew one another.  In the neighborhood was a very old cemetery. As a child I had been to this cemetery so many times, and as a young adolescent I would stroll through with my  nieces and nephews in their baby carriage. The cemetery had a gate at the main entrance and then another on the other end of the cemetery. We would cut through the cemetery to go to the park. It was a great place to grow up, and has so many of my wonderful warm memories of my child hood.
Last week my sister and I went for a walk in the cemetery. We were there with a few different purposes. One to try to find Ester Howland  grave site. We did find her parents, and we believe now that she is buried near Boston. This would be her parents.
The trees in this cemetery are very old and gorgeous. I did capture a few.

 George Crompton an inventor has a very large grave site that hosts a beautiful ornate building. I was just in awe as I kept looking at this wonderful piece of history, and each side of the building was just gorgeous as the other.

 It would have been nice if my family would have bought in this cemetery.  I bought in the cemetery where my parents and two brothers are. 

1 comment:

Shirley said...

One of the most beautiful and historic cemetary's in the city of Worcester. Too bad Esther moved to Quincy. I'm sure that is where she is. The resting place of Mr. Crompton is let's just die for!!!

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May 2, 1890

Feb. 1, 1966
Actress, Journalist. Despite a 23 year career that encompassed over 120 motion picture appearances and chorus girl roles on Broadway to motion pictures, she is best remembered for her newspaper column and radio show that focused exclusively on Hollywood gossip, a subject she was able to tell more about to her audience due to her Hollywood insider status. Born Elda Furry in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she left school to act on Broadway. In 1913 she married marquee star William DeWolfe, a man who was 32 years her senior. They had one son, and divorced in 1922, but she kept his name for the rest of her life (and changed her name to Hedda on the advice of a numerologist). In 1931 she began “The Hedda Hopper Show”, which initially ran as a 15 minute gossip show mostly devoted to Hollywood marriages and divorces. Enormously popular, it ran until 1951, and on the strength of its popularity she started the “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” column in the Los Angeles Times in 1938. She steadily gained a reputation for exposing tidbits about the lives of Hollywood figures, and created a character of herself in her own right, especially in regard to her vast collection of sometimes outrageous hats, and a long standing feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons. With the advent of television’s popularity in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he radio show waned, but she herself became a staple of television programs and game shows, being a frequent panelist on “What’s My Line?’, and appear on shows like “I Love Lucy”, “The Colgate Variety Hour” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. In 1960 she received the Journalistic Merit award, and published her autobiography “The Whole Truth and Nothing But!”, which recapped her over 20 years or being an Hollywood insider. She died in Los Angeles of double pneumonia in 1966, working right up until her passing. As a Hollywood icon, she created a number of friends and enemies; she gave harsh advice to actress Ida Lupino, which helped her gain recognizable part, but was despised by actress Joan Bennett, who once sent her a skunk. In 1985 a movie about the feud between her and Parsons was released as “Malice in Wonderland”, which Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons