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Forest Lawn Cemetery

Founded 1850

 
 
Forest Lawn Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
1. Forest Lawn Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Burial place of Millard Fillmore, Samuel Wilkeson, Red Jacket and other famous Buffalonians, including veterans of seven wars. Site of homestead of Erastus Granger, first Indian Agent.
 
Erected by Buffalo Historical Society, Forest Lawn Cemetery.
 
Location. 42° 55.381′ N, 78° 51.455′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (New York State Route 5) and West Delavan. Touch for map. Marker is centered and protruding from a bush on the right side of the driveway to the cemetery off Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14208, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To Preserve the Memories (within shouting distance of this marker); To Honor the Memory of Our Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Commemoration for African American Soldiers of the American Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); This Monument Honors the Soldiers and Sailors (within shouting distance of this marker); On This Day of May 30, 1991, The Semper Fidelis Post #356 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Erastus Granger (about 500 feet away); In Honor of Those Men and Women (approx. ľ mile away); Mary Morris Burnett Talbert (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
More about this marker. The figure at the
Forest Lawn Cemetery Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
2. Forest Lawn Cemetery Register of Historic Places Plaque
top of the marker is the Buffalo History Museum.
 
Regarding Forest Lawn Cemetery. The National Register of Historic Places plaque is affixed to the left of the entrance arch and reads, "Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County. In recognition of its significance in American history and culture was listed on the State Register of Historic Places on 1 March 1990 under provisions of the State Historic Preservation Act of 1980 and on the National Register of Historic Places on 10 May 1990 under provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
 
Also see . . .
1. Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo as an Architectural Museum. (Submitted on March 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Love & Forest Lawn Cemetery's Sesquicentennial. ...Buried here are such greats as Millard Fillmore, thirteenth president of the United States; John J. Albright and Seymour H. Knox, founders of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Red Jacket, great orator Chief of the Seneca Nation and supporter of the neutrality of his nation during the War of 1812; George Norman Pierce, creator of the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car; as well as 47 mayors of Buffalo, veterans of eight wars, and seven recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor from the Civil War—the most of any cemetery outside of Arlington. Also interred is Elbridge Gerry Spaulding: banker, Buffalo mayor, U.S. Congressman, and “Father of the Greenback” (he originated paper currency to fund the Civil War); Pete Johnson, the King
Forest Lawn Cemetery Entrance & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
3. Forest Lawn Cemetery Entrance & Marker
Marker protrudes from the bush at right.
of Boogie; Katherine Cornell, the most glamorous actress and producer to grace Hollywood; Annie Sturges Daniel, who revolutionized the working and living conditions of the poor and imprisoned (she effectively introduced the concept of health care as the entire personís health and not just the bodyís). Others buried at Forest Lawn include Edward L. Kleinhan, who gifted Kleinhanís Music Hall to the city because he “made [his] money in Buffalo, and in Buffalo it shall stay”; John D. Larkin, who launched the first successful mail-order catalog business marketed toward housewives, and revolutionized working conditions for his mostly female staff; and Mary Burnett, child prodigy and Civil Rights activist.... (Submitted on September 7, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Back of Entrance Arch image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
4. Back of Entrance Arch
<i>Bridge, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
5. Bridge, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.
This triple-arch bridge spanning the Scajaquada Creek in the center of Forest Lawn was built of limestone in 1888. -- Source: The Buffalo News, Sunday, November 1, 1992
<i>Blocher Monument, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
6. Blocher Monument, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.
"By far the most extravagant monument in the cemetery is that of the Blochers. Nelson W. Blocher horrified his parents by declaring his love for their maid upon his return from Yale. To help him forget this mishap that could not be abided (she was far beneath their class and rank), the Blocher parents dismissed the maid and sent Nelson to Italy. He returned a year later to Buffalo to die of a broken heart. Overcome with guilt and grief they built this lavish monument; John Blocher designed the life-size marble sculptures of himself and his wife mourning over their sonís body and a scantily clad angel flying above them. The benevolent angel retrieves her lover to usher him to the great beyond; the maid Nelson loved modeled for that angel. The whole monument is encased in a glass room with a vaulted ceiling weighing more than 300 lbs. It is horrifyingly extravagant, beautiful, and disturbingly romantic. The guilt of the parents seeps from the marble as you peer voyeuristically through the glass and see the adoration and misery on the faces of the angel and son." -- Mary McCall, Love & Forest Lawn Cemetery's Sesquicentennial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   5, 6. submitted on September 7, 2015.
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