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Valued Family Friends

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

 
 
Valued Family Friends Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2015
1. Valued Family Friends Marker
Inscription.
While most families have a pet or two, the Roosevelt family nearly had a zoo. At various times they had dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, snakes, flying squirrels, kangaroo rats, birds, a bear cub, and a badger.

The death of a pet meant a funeral that included a procession, flowers, and even eulogies. Jack, a Manchester terrier and the familyís favorite dog, was buried twice; first under a rose bush at the White House and, after Theodore Roosevelt was no longer president, at Sagamore Hill. Edith couldnít stand the idea of her dog interred “beneath the eyes of Presidents who might care nothing for little black dogs.”

As for the dogs, of course there were many, and during their lives they were intimate and valued family members, and their deaths were household tragedies.”
- Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 53.19′ N, 73° 30.088′ W. Marker is in Oyster Bay, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is on Sagamore Hill Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Oyster Bay NY 11771, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Valued Family Friends Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2015
2. Valued Family Friends Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Respite for Mrs. Roosevelt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pet Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Stable and Groomsí Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Wood and Tool Shed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Gentlemanís Farm, 1918 (about 300 feet away); The Garden (about 400 feet away); A Garden for Food and Color (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Oyster Bay.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photograph of the Pet Cemetery Stone in 1904. Other photos on the marker depict “Colonel Theodore Roosevelt riding Little Texas after returning from Cuba, 1898.”; “Kermit, Ethel and Ted Jr. posing with their guinea pigs, taken at the Governorís mansion in Albany, ca. 1899.”; “Archie with Josiah the badger, ca. 1903”; and “The original Jack on a rustic chair, 1904.”
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Marker at Sagamore Hill image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2015
3. Marker at Sagamore Hill
Pet Cemetery Stone image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2015
4. Pet Cemetery Stone
Faithful Friends
1902
Susan and Jessie † † †Skip
Little Boz † † † †† † 1907
1903    Little Texas
Jack † † † Cuba 1898
Tamara
France 1917
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 107 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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