Jennie and Dianne take you to one of Ohio's most beautiful garden cemeteries, Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls. In this episode they explore the lives of a teacher and a gentleman farmer, a self-made man who was one of Cuyahoga Falls' best know citizens, a man who began his career on the factory floor making tires and worked his way up to become the CEO of Goodyear tires, a poet, and the discovery and marking of the graves of freed slaves. As we always say. "Every death had a life and every life had a story", in this Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery.
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A special thank you to Jason Plants for the suggestion to cover Oakwood Cemetery and for all the links, photos and history he shared.
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