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If you’ve ever driven through Woodland Cemetery you may have noticed that many of the monuments have the names of many of the streets in Dayton. In this program, we’ll introduce you to the men and women whose streets bear their name and how they contributed to the history of Dayton.
Have you ever wandered through a cemetery and wondered about the meanings of the designs carved on old gravestones? Thousands of different religious and secular symbols and emblems have adorned tombstones through the ages, indicating attitudes towards death and the hereafter, membership in a fraternal or social organization, or an individual's trade, occupation or even ethnic identity. While many of these tombstone symbols have fairly simple interpretations, it is not always easy to determine their meaning and significance. We were not present when these symbols were carved into the stone and can't claim to know our ancestors' intentions. They may have included a particular symbol for no other reason than because they thought it was pretty.
We will visit the lives of the people who are resting peacefully in Section 101 of Woodland Cemetery including the Wright Brothers and family, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Medal of Honor recipient Charles Goodwin Bickham, lawyers Grafton Kennedy and Sylvester Carr, the Mead family, brewery owners George Schantz and Frederick Olt, Electra C. Doren, Katharine Kennedy Brown, John Alexander Collins, reverends Edward A. Puff and William J. Shuey and many more.