We were both so busy over Memorial Day weekend at different cemeteries and with our families that we did not have time to finish our research for the planned episode this week. However, we have a very special return guest with a fascinating story joining us next week and we will be able to return to our regularly scheduled program! We humbly apologize and we thank you for sticking with us on all of our Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery journeys. Until we meet again!
Aug. 26, 2021

Episode 47- Oakwood Cemetery - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Episode 47- Oakwood Cemetery - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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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Resources used to research this episode include:

A special thank you to Jason Plants for the suggestion to cover Oakwood Cemetery and for all the links, photos and history he shared.

"Cemetery Services." https://www.cityofcf.com/. www.cityofcf.com/departments/buildings-grounds/cemetery-services. Accessed 15 Aug. 2021.

Holland, Jeri Wilcox. "History of Oakwood Cemetery." http://cuyahogafallshistory.com/. 22 Mar. 2015, cuyahogafallshistory.com/2015/03/oakwood-cemetery/.

Jones, Bob. "Former slave to get marked grave at Cuyahoga Falls cemetery 114 years after death ." https://www.news5cleveland.com/. 7 June 2021, www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/akron-canton-news/former-slave-to-get-marked-grave-at-cuyahoga-falls-cemetery-114-years-after-death. Accessed 15 Aug. 2021.

Holland, Jeri Wilcox. "Matthew & Ellen (Knight) Crawford." https://cuyahogafallshistory.com/. 9 Sep. 2013, cuyahogafallshistory.com/2013/09/matthew-ellen-knight-crawford/. Accessed 15 Aug. 2021.

"A Pioneer of the Falls." https://www.newspapers.com/. 7 June 1904, www.newspapers.com/image/?clipping_id=10452559&fcfToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJmcmVlLXZpZXctaWQiOjIyODA2MTkyMSwiaWF0IjoxNjI5MDc1NDcwLCJleHAiOjE2MjkxNjE4NzB9.nKE9vb1Tqiql-geJRgj1zSY1P0YXGn0TjHzykbCfwnk. Accessed 15 Aug. 2021.

Mackinnon, Jim. "Charles Pilliod, Cuyahoga Falls native who became U.S. ambassador and Goodyear CEO, chairman, dies at age 97 ." https://www.beaconjournal.com/. 19 Apr. 2016, www.beaconjournal.com/article/20160419/NEWS/304199210. Accessed 15 Aug. 2021.

"Edward Rowland Sill ." https://allpoetry.com/. allpoetry.com/Edward-Rowland-Sill. Accessed 15 Aug. 2021.

Holland, Jeri Wilcox. "John & Emily Hansparker Memorial." https://www.gofundme.com/. 3 June 2021, www.gofundme.com/f/hansparker-memorial. Accessed 15 Aug. 2021.

Price, Mark J. "I was so inspired by what we could do for them.’ Juneteenth ceremony honors former slaves buried in Cuyahoga Falls ." https://www.beaconjournal.com/. 18 June 2021, www.beaconjournal.com/story/news/2021/06/18/juneteenth-ceremony-honor-former-slaves-buried-oakwood-cemetery-cuyahoga-falls/7730271002/. Accessed 15 Aug. 2021.

Sill, Edward Rowland. "His Lost Day." https://allpoetry.com/. allpoetry.com/His-Lost-Day. Accessed 15 Aug. 2021.