Gateway to the West: Visiting St. Joseph, Missouri’s Mount Mora Cemetery, Part IV

It hardly seems possible that I’m writing a fourth installment about Mount Mora Cemetery. But when you’re faced with such a rich history of place and people, you don’t want to leave much out! Especially when it involves infamous bank robber Jesse James. But let’s start with the much more respectable Motter family.

Born in Washington County, Md., Joshua Motter went west with his wife, Katherine Augusta Barrow Motter, to settle in Saint Joseph sometime before 1880. Joshua helped establish the Toothe, Wheeler and Motter Mercantile (a dry goods business). Eckles & Mann built them a stately home in 1898. (Note: I recently learned that the Motter Mansion, after sitting abandoned for several years, burned to the ground in the mid-1990s. Thank you, Gage Herrington!)

Joshua Motter's home still stands today, yet another structure designed by the firm of Eckles & Mann. Photo Source: Library of Congress.

Joshua Motter’s home was built in 1898, yet another one designed by the firm of Eckles & Mann. After sitting vacant for several years, it was destroyed by fire in the mid-1990s. Photo Source: Library of Congress.

His son, John Barrow Motter, graduated from Yale in 1903 and after working for two years at the National Bank of Saint Joseph, joined his father at the mercantile. Younger son Samuel was an attorney.

While the Motter Mausoleum's architect is unknonw, Eckles & ? designed the Motter's home on 10th Street in Saint Joseph.

While the Motter Mausoleum’s architect is unknown, architects Eckles & Mann designed the Motter’s home on 10th Street in Saint Joseph.

Unlike many of the others on Mausoleum Row, the Motter Mausoleum is of the Classical Revival style. The date it was built is unknown. Katherine Motter died in 1927 and is interred within, along with John Barrow Motter.

The Motter Mausoleum is one of the few on the Row that has glass inserts in the doors so I could get a good look inside of it.

This was the best picture I could get of the interior of the Motter Mausoleum.

This was the best picture I could get of the interior of the Motter Mausoleum.

The Weckerlin Mausoleum is fairly simple but I was intrigued by it due to a comment in the application for the National Register of Historic Places. You may notice that the stone that says “Weckerlin” over the door appears to have been added at a later date and is made of a different type of stone. The name originally carved above the door was “Muchenberger”. Why?

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Although the style is not immediately apparent, the Weckerlin Mausoleum uses Victorian Eclectic and Romanesque details like many of its neighbors. The architect is unknown.

Leo J. Muchenberger, a native of Iowa, was born to German immigrant parents in 1867. At some point, he moved to Saint Joseph where he married Annie Weckerlin in 1893. She was the daughter of Phillip (a saloon keeper) and Elizabeth Wecklerin, Swiss immigrants.

Leo owned and operated Muchenberger Brothers Wallpaper and Paint Co. in Saint Joseph for several years before moving to Santa Monica, Calif. with Annie and their only daughter, Leeanna, some time before 1920. According to the 1880 U.S. Census, he did have two brothers, John and Otto.

In 1936, Leo donated his old wallpaper factory to the City of Saint Joseph with the promise that it must become a recreation center, which it did. The Muchenberger Center operated until 2012 and a new Muchenberger Center was built in 2012. The old building was closed. When I looked on GoogleMaps, the building was still there but not in use.

Although Leo Muchenberger has left Saint Joseph many years before, he donated his old wallpaper factory to the City of Saint Joseph for the purpose of making it a recreation center for young people.

Although Leo Muchenberger had left Saint Joseph many years before, he donated his old wallpaper factory to the City of Saint Joseph for the purpose of making it a recreation center for young people.

Muchenberger most likely had the mausoleum built for his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Weckerlin, when she died in 1901. His name is on the records as owner. At the time, he and Annie probably thought they would live the rest of their lives in Saint Joseph but their move to California changed that. Leo and Annie Muchenberger are both buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, Calif. Only Weckerlins and their spouses are interred in the former Muchenberger Mausoleum at Mount Mora.

The last and most unique mausoleum I’m going to talk about is different than all the others. The Geiger Mausoleum is in a class by itself for several reasons. The application for the National Register of Historic Places describes it thus:

The Geiger monument is a fanciful creation in stone whose source was Medieval Europe, specifically the great late Gothic cathedrals of the 14th and 15th centuries, built in what is termed the “flamboyant style”. A confection of open work stone tracery surrounds the raised sarcophagus. The tracery is carved from a light-colored limestone, while the sarcophagus is a red veined marble, creating an interesting contrast.

The Geiger Mausoleum features a combination of different styles, from Egyptian Revival to Classic.

The Geiger Mausoleum features a combination of different styles, from Egyptian Revival to Gothic.

In addition, the mausoleum features several sections based in different styles, from Egyptian Revival to Gothic to Classical. The writer of the application asks, “Was the use of a variety of motifs intended to portray the cultural knowledge of the world-traveled Dr. Geiger within?”

Interred within are Dr. Jacob Geiger and his wife, Louise Kollatz Geiger. For his stunning mausoleum alone, Dr. Geiger could be notable. But his career had a surprising brush with fame that he probably never expected.

A native of Germany, two of Geiger’s brothers (Stephen and Clemens) emigrated to the U.S. after their father’s death in the 1850s. A few years later, the brothers had enough money to bring Jacob, their brother, Florants, and their mother over. The Geigers went by covered wagon to Missouri then Kansas where Clemens settled and started a family. Stephen and Jacob settled in Saint Joseph.

Jacob’s ambition to become a doctor was stymied by lack of funds so he learned what he could and when he could from a local doctor while working various menial jobs. By 1870, he had enough money to attend medical school at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and graduated in two years. I’m guessing his apprenticeship with the local doctor was taken into account. In 1887, he married Louise Kollatz of Atchison, Kans.

Born of humble means in Germany, Jacob Geiger came to America and eventually became a surgeon.

Born of humble means in Germany, Dr. Jacob Geiger came to America and eventually became a surgeon.

Back in St. Joseph, he ran a general practice until 1890 when he became exclusively a surgeon. He was instrumental in starting the two colleges that would eventually merge to be come Ensworth Medical College, where he served as dean for several years. He also published a medical journal and owned a considerable amount of local real estate.

But the event most historians remember Dr. Geiger for was his part in a violent event that took place in Saint Joseph on April 3, 1882: the murder of infamous bank robber Jesse James.

Living under an alias in a rented house in Saint Joseph with his wife and children, Jesse James was unaware that one of his trusted partners in crime, Robert Ford, was plotting his demise. With a promise of a hefty reward from Missouri Governor Thomas Crittenden, Ford shot James in the head while the legendary bank robber was supposedly straightening a picture on the wall. Ford’s brother, Charley, also fired a few shots.

Tintype of Robert Ford (left) with his partner in crime, Jesse James. Photo source: Sandy Mills

Tintype of Robert Ford (left) with his partner in crime, Jesse James. Photo source: Sandy Mills

Local coroner J.W. Hedden asked Dr. Geiger and two other doctors to assist him with James’ autopsy at a St. Joseph funeral home. They supposedly removed James’ brain during the examination while trying to determine the bullet’s path. A rather bizarre story circulated that one of the doctors (Geiger’s name was never explicitly mentioned) showed a local reporter a jar containing the outlaw’s brain, resting on his desk in his office. This claim has never been confirmed or denied.

In addition, oddly enough, the results of that autopsy have been missing for decades.

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The sarcophagus of the Geiger Mausoleum is made of veined red marble.

Rumors emerged that Jesse James had actually faked his own death and went on to live a peaceful life under the name J. Frank Dalton in Texas where he died and was buried. Because these rumors persisted, James’ body was exhumed in 1995 from its grave in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kearney, Mo. A mitochondrial DNA test proved with almost 95 percent certainty that it was indeed the infamous bank robber.

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A florette from the Geiger Mausoleum.

Dr. Geiger’s English Gothic Revival mansion, designed by E.J. Eckels (who else?) in 1911, is still standing. United Missouri Bank renovated it into a bank in 1976, adding teller bays and drive-thru lanes. Saint Joseph real estate developer Steven Craig purchased it in 2011 and gave it a facelift. In 2014, the mansion was re-opened as a coffee house with a separate law office as tenants.

A photo of the Geiger Mansion when it was used as a bank. Photo source: Eric Keith, St. Joseph News-Press

A photo of the Geiger Mansion when it was a bank. Photo source: Eric Keith, St. Joseph News-Press

Dr. Geirger and Louise never had any children but they did indeed travel extensively. He practiced medicine right up until his death in 1934. His brother, Steven, who owned a dry good store in Saint Joseph and was elected a city councilman in 1880, is also buried at Mount Mora with his wife, Nannie.

Mount Mora Cemetery has more stories I could talk about. Several remain lost forever, never to be known. But I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit this special place and share a few of them with you.

From the door of the Bartlett Mausoleum

From the door of the Bartlett Mausoleum.

Gateway to the West: Visiting St. Joseph, Missouri’s Mount Mora Cemetery (Part II)

Since writing Part I about Mount Mora Cemetery, I’ve learned a few things I’d like to add about its origins. To do that, here’s a little history lesson on how Saint Joseph began.

In its early days, Saint Joseph was a bustling town, serving as a last supply stop and jumping-off point on the Missouri River toward the West. It was the westernmost point in the U.S. accessible by rail until after the Civil War.

In 1843, successful fur trader Joseph Robidoux chose Frederick W. Smith and Simeon Kemper to help fully design Saint Joseph’s layout. Under Kemper’s plan, the town was to have been called Robidoux, a feature Kemper thought would appeal to his boss. However, Robidoux liked Smith’s plan more because it featured narrower streets and would leave more land for Joseph to sell in the form of lots.

As is often the case, the pocketbook won over the ego. The main east-west downtown streets, however, were named for Robidoux’s eight children and his wife.

Simeon Kemper was not only instrumental in designing Mount Mora Cemetery but the town of St. Joseph itself.

Simeon Kemper was instrumental in the initial design of Mount Mora Cemetery and the town of St. Joseph.

Believing a cemetery might become a lucrative business opportunity, Kemper and his wife, Jane Ann, deeded two-thirds of a 20 acre plot on their farm to Israel Landis (who is mentioned in Part I) and Reuben Middleton. The land covered a scenic hilltop approximately a mile west of the Buchanan County Courthouse.

Sadly, Kemper had a personal connection to the property. The Kemper family’s three-year-old daughter, Susan Jane, died in 1847. Nine days later, their infant son, 10-month-old Simeon Love, was buried beside her. The Kemper family plot is on top of the hill of Mount Mora.

By 1870, people were complaining that livestock roaming the cemetery and hogs were rooting up the graves. Town trustees hired prominent architect W. Angelo Powell to draw up and implement a master plan that eventually transformed Mount Mora into a rural cemetery with a park-like feel.

Most burials at Mount Mora occurred between 1851 and 1930. About 15,000 people are buried there, with approximately 8,850 stone markers. So many of the graves aren’t even marked.

MoraSignDuring the post-Civil War period, Saint Joseph experienced a sort of golden age that gave rise to the construction of some exceptional tomb architecture. Mausoleum Row and the others scattered throughout the cemetery pay historical tribute to turn-of-the-century Saint Joseph.

Consisting of 21 mausoleums, Mausoleum Row also reads like a “Who’s Who” of St. Joseph’s economic and social elite, competing with each another to build magnificent homes and impressive burial tombs. It’s clear that the city’s creme de la creme had money and wanted to show it off, even in death.

Mausoleum Row consists of 21 mausoleums but there are a total of 30 on the cemetery grounds.

Many people think W. Angelo Powell is buried in the Powell mausoleum but he’s actually buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery (also in Saint Joseph) with his wife, Cecelia. However, Powell’s son William (also an architect) and his wife, Gracie, are buried in the Classical Revival-style mausoleum at Mount Mora. It’s likely William’s brother, Grey, designed the limestone tomb. William’s ashes are in an urn placed next to a portrait of Gracie, which I could not photograph well through the door glass.

Oddly enough, Mount Mora's main architect W. Angelo Powell is buried in a different cemetery in St. Joseph.

Oddly enough, Mount Mora’s main architect W. Angelo Powell is buried in a different cemetery in Saint Joseph. But his son, William, and wife, Gracie, are interred within it.

Built in the 1930s, the Townsend Mausoleum was designed by the firm of Eckel & Aldrich, who designed a number of St. Joseph structures. It is the centerpiece of Mausoleum Row and features an Egyptian Revival tomb with the influence of the modern Art Deco period (during which it was built) and lacking the ostentatious decoration found on the earlier Victorian mausoleums. Two sphinxes flank the front doors. Notice the winged disc/double cobra symbol at the top of the building, which I talked about at Omaha’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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The roof of the Townsend Mausoleum weighs 24 tons!

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The Townsend Mausoleum is flanked on each side by Egyptian Sphinxes.

Robert and Mary Townsend are interred within the mausoleum. Townsend & Wall (officially known as Townsend, Wyatt and Wall) at 602 Francis Street was the principal department store in downtown St. Joseph from 1866 to 1983, founded by Robert’s father, John Townsend. Designed in 1909 by Walter Boschen, their last building was converted into loft apartments and is still in use today.

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What was once the Townsend and Wall Dry Goods store is now loft apartments in downtown Saint Joseph.

Amazingly, the roof alone of the Townsend Mausoleum weighs a whopping 24.5 tons according to Mount Mora historian Suzanne Lehr. She said in a recent article, “Because of the great weight on the granite walls, the mortar between the granite slabs has oozed out.” A multi-thousand dollar project will be completed to repair the steps of the mausoleum and to re-mortar it.

Two deeply intertwined families have mausoleums at Mount Mora, the Nave and McCord families. The McCord Mausoleum (which is to the right of the Townsend Mausoleum) also features an Egyptian-style of a winged disc (no cobras) above the door. Built in 1909, it’s not surprising that it was designed by Eckel & (Walter) Boschen, whose names we’ve seen already.

MoraMcCord1The cobras, however, can be found on the doors’ knockers. I’m not sure why a mausoleum would need them since the occupants within are deceased but who am I to question it? The Fairleigh Mausoleum features the exact same knockers on its doors.

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Knock, knock. Anybody home?

In addition to the Egyptian motifs, the McCord Mausoleum has a variety of flowers woven through the bronze work of the front gates that cover the doors. It makes for an interesting contrast.

MoraMcCordflowersJames McCord and Abram Nave were connected by marriage when Nave married McCord’s sister, Lucy Jane. They became business partners and the result was several successful endeavors too many to list here. The best known in Saint Joseph (and founded there) was the Nave & McCord Mercantile Co., a major pioneer mercantile chain of stores in the Midwest from the mid-19th century through the early 1930s.

An ad for cherries one could purchase through the Nave-McCord Mercantile Company. Photo source: eBay.

An ad for cherries one could purchase through the Nave-McCord Mercantile Company. (Photo source: eBay.)

The Nave Mausoleum is actually not located on Mausoleum Row but elsewhere in the cemetery. The style is Victorian Eclectic and the mausoleum is made of dolomite limestone. Black granite columns flank the doors. The words “AD MAJOREM GLORIAM” are above the doors, which means “To the greater glory of God.”

The Nave Mausoleum is much more traditional than the McCord one.

The Nave Mausoleum is much more traditional than the McCord one.

Lucy McCord Nave died in 1853, only 10 years after she and Abram married. They had seven children together, several of whom died in infancy.  He would marry twice more after that. While Lucy is buried in a different cemetery, Abram and his other two wives are interred in the Nave Mausoleum.

Another Victorian Eclectic-style mausoleum is next to the McCord Mausoleum. The Marlow Mausoleum only has two occupants, George Marlow and his wife, Arcadia Perry Marlow. Built in 1893, the architect is unknown. The rectangular-shaped structure is constructed of dressed blocks of gray granite. A broad projecting pavilion, deeper than any other on the Row, dominates the facade.

Marlow, a native of Virginia, headed to St. Joseph after the Civil War to open a shoe and boot business called Elephant Shoe Store that was quite successful. Arcadia Perry Marlow was the daughter of a prominent St. Joseph businessman. They married in 1886. A long-time bachelor, Marlow was 48 and Arcadia was 30.

MarlowMora Sadly, their story did not end happily. On Nov. 16, 1893, Marlow arrived at his store as usual and went up to the third floor to do some work. One of the shoemakers found him a few hours later, laying on the floor dead. He had shot himself in the head with a pistol.

Marlow left two letters, one for one of his clerks and another for Arcadia. According to a newspaper article, the letter to the clerk said he was “racked with pain, was unfit for business, and did not desire any longer.” Apparently, Marlow had been miserable and told his wife several times that his head felt like it was “on fire.”

Arcadia never remarried but chose to live with her sister in St. Joseph. She died in 1937 and her ashes were interred in the Marlow Mausoleum with her husband. They never had any children together.

Next time, I’ll have more stories to share from Mount Mora’s Mausoleum Row in Part III.

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Dead Men Tell No Tales: A Walk Through Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery (Part I)

Today’s post is Part I of the final installment of my Chicago Cemetery Adventure. Having visited Rosehill, Bohemian National and Graceland, I saved Mount Carmel Cemetery for last.

Getting to see Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery was an unexpected gift. My son was eager to visit a Lego exhibition at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Out of habit, I looked to see if there were any cemeteries nearby and my eyes lit up when I saw Mount Carmel was about 20 minutes away. So after dropping off my fellas at the Arboretum, I headed over.

Consecrated in 1901, Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery was the first cemetery to be opened in the western area of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Consecrated in 1901, Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery was the first cemetery to be opened in the western area of the Archdiocese of Chicago. At about 214 acres, Mount Carmel combined operations with Queen of Heaven Cemetery (which is across the street) in 1965.

There are more than 226,275 graves/family mausoleums at Mount Carmel and about 800 people are interred there annually. In all, the cemetery grounds contain over 400 family mausoleums. Many families are of Italian descent.

Mount Carmel GatehouseI freely admit that I wanted to see Mount Carmel’s main claim to fame, the grave of notorious gangster Alphonse “Al” aka “Scarface” Capone. Not because I think Prohibition-era mobsters should be glamorized but because of the impact they had on Chicago at that time in history.

Born to Italian immigrant parents in 1899, Al Capone grew up in New York City but came to the peak of his criminal fame in Chicago.

Born to Italian immigrant parents in 1899, Al Capone grew up in New York City but came to the peak of his criminal career in Chicago.

Born Alphonse Gabriel Capone in 1899 to Gabriel and Theresa Capone in Brooklyn, N.Y., Al quit school in eighth grade. Later, he was a Five Points Gang member who became a bouncer in organized crime premises (such as brothels).

In his early 1920s, Capone moved to Chicago. He became bodyguard and trusted friend of Johnny Torrio, head of a criminal syndicate that illegally supplied alcohol. The group, which came to control the Southside of the city, became known as “the Outfit”.

This is the Capone family plot. Al Capone is buried with his parents and five of his siblings.

This is the Capone family plot. Al Capone is buried with his parents and five of his siblings. His grave is the one on the far right with the flowers.

Torrio retired after North Side Gang (more on them later) gunmen almost killed him, handing control to Capone. Capone expanded the bootlegging business through increasingly violent means, but his mutually profitable relationships with Chicago Mayor William Hale Thompson and the city’s police meant Capone seemed safe from law enforcement. His notoriety also gave him some measure of public popularity.

But after the infamous Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929, Capone’s image was tarnished and he came under FBI scrutiny. He was eventually convicted of tax evasion in 1931 and ordered to serve 11 years in prison, some of it spent at the Atlanta Penitentiary.

Al Capone didn't die in a hail of gunfire but of late-stage syphilis.

Al Capone didn’t die in a hail of gunfire but of late-stage syphilis.

Ralph “Bottles” Capone was Al’s older brother, who got his nickname not from involvement in the Capone bootlegging empire but from running legitimate non-alcoholic beverage and bottling operations in Chicago. While Ralph was also jailed for tax evasion at one point, he was considered a minor player in the underworld.

Capone died in 1947 in Miami but not in a hail of gunfire. He contracted syphilis in his youth and thought he was cured when it went into remission, so he never sought treatment. During his incarceration, the disease ate away at his mental capacities. His final years were spent at his Palm Beach mansion and he died of a stroke brought on by his late-stage syphilis.

After a wake in Miami, Capone’s body was sent to Chicago for burial. He was first buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery but after his mother’s death in 1952, he was moved to Mount Carmel (along with his father and brother Salvatore) in hopes a change in location would stop the vandalism to his gravestone. You can read more about that here.

Deeper into Mount Carmel you can find two of Capone’s bitter enemies, Henry Earl J. Wojciechowski (better known as Hymie Weiss) and Dean O’Banion. As a Polish-American, Weiss was a petty criminal who befriended Irish-American O’Banion. With Weiss and George “Bugs” Moran, O’Banion established the North Side Gang, which eventually controlled rum running, bootlegging and other illicit activities in northern Chicago.

Irish-American Dean O'Banion and Hymie Weiss were a powerful force within the North Side Gang.

Irish-American Dean O’Banion and Hymie Weiss were a powerful force within the North Side Gang.

Unlike the Outfit run by Torrio and later Capone, the North Side Gang was made up of Irish, German and Polish criminals. Ultimately, clashes between the two groups led to both the death of O’Banion and Weiss. In 1924, after personally insulting his arch rival Angelo Genna, O’Banion was shot and killed inside his own flower shop, Schofield’s, by Southsiders John Scalise and Albert Anselmi.

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OBanion2In October 1926, Capone sent his best hitmen to Weiss’ headquarters on State Street, O’Banion’s old flower shop. Two gunmen hiding in a nearby rooming house opened fire with a sub-machine gun and shotgun at Weiss and his three associates as they crossed the street.

When photographers tried to snap Weiss’ picture, he would glare at them and say in a low voice, “You take a picture of me and I’ll kill you.”

The Weiss mausoleum is located near Dean O'Banion's monument.

The Weiss mausoleum is located near Dean O’Banion’s monument. It is said that Weiss was the only man Al Capone feared.

This is the best picture I could get of the inside of the Weiss mausoleum.

This is the best picture I could get of the inside of the Weiss mausoleum.

On the other side of Mount Carmel you can find the mausoleum of the Giancana family. It’s the final resting place of Salvatore “Mooney Sam” Giancana. Among his other nicknames were, “Momo”, “Sam the Cigar,” and “Sammy.” He was the son of Sicilian immigrants.

Sam Giancana joined the Forty-Two Gang, a juvenile street crew headed by boss Joseph Esposito. Giancana soon developed a reputation for being an excellent getaway driver (he was wheel man for Capone at one time), a high earner and a violent killer.

After Esposito’s murder, in which Giancana was allegedly involved, the 42 Gang became an extension of the Outfit. Gangsters like like Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti (also buried at Mount Carmel), Paul “The Waiter” Ricca (buried across the street at Queen of Heaven) and Tony “Joe Batters” Accardo (buried at Queen of Heaven) took notice of Giancana and in the late 1930s, Giancana became the first 42er to join the Outfit.

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Photo by Mafia Wiki.

After doing some prison time in the early 1940s, Giancana set out to take over Chicago’s illegal lottery gambling operations, specifically those in the city’s mostly African-American neighborhood. Through a brutal string of events, including kidnappings and murder, he and his associates got control of the numbers racket, increasing the Chicago Mob’s annual income by millions of dollars.

When Accardo stepped down as head of the Outfit in the mid-1950s, Giancana took his place. By 1955, he controlled the gambling and prostitution operations, narcotics trafficking, and other illegal industries in Chicago. He later told an FBI agent that he “owned” not only Chicago, but Miami and Los Angeles as well.

The Giancana family mausoleum is located on the far west side of the cemetery.

The Giancana family mausoleum is located on the far west side of the cemetery.

In 1965, Giancana went on trial for refusing to testify before a Chicago grand jury investigating organized crime and was sentenced to a year in jail. After his release, Giancana lived in self-imposed exile in Mexico until 1974. Extradited by Mexican authorities to testify before another grand jury, he was given immunity from federal prosecution and appeared before that jury four times, but provided little information worth using.

Giancana was then called to testify before a U.S. Senate committee investigating Mafia involvement in a failed CIA plot to assassinate Fidel Castro. Before he could testify, Giancana returned to his Chicago home on June 17, 1975. Two days later, Giancana was shot once in the back of the head and several more times up through the chin with a .22-caliber pistol while cooking sausages and peppers in his basement.

I was able to get a decent photo of the interior of the Giancana mausoleum. Oddly, there was a dustpan inside.

I was able to get a decent photo of the interior of the Giancana mausoleum. Oddly, there was a dustpan inside.

While many theories exist as to who killed him, no one was ever arrested in connection with the murder. Some think it was someone Giancana knew that he let in the house because he himself could not handle spicy foods and may have been cooking them for a friend.

Next week in Part II, we’ll visit a bride who died young, noted Chicago bishops and a beloved American actor. You won’t want to miss the rest of Mount Carmel’s story.

Cemeteries I Have Visited

Here’s a partial list of Georgia cemeteries I have visited:

  • Anderson Family Cemetery
  • Andersonville National Cemetery
  • Arlington Memorial Park
  • Bethel Community Cemetery
  • Braden Family Cemetery
  • Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Braden Family Cemetery
  • Camp Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Casey’s Hill Cemetery
  • Chipley Cemetery
  • Colonial Cemetery
  • Crestlawn Cemetery
  • Cumming City Cemetery
  • Dabney-Schumate Cemetery
  • Decatur Cemetery
  • Double Springs Church Cemetery
  • Duluth City Cemetery
  • Eastview Cemetery
  • Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church
  • Eidson Cemetery
  • Fairview Presbyterian Church
  • Fayetteville City Cemetery
  • Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens
  • Greenwood Cemetery
  • Harmony Grove Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Indian Creek Cemetery
  • Johns Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Laurel Grove Cemetery North
  • Laurel Grove Cemetery South
  • Lawrenceville City Cemetery
  • Levi Sheftall Family Cemetery
  • Lithonia City Cemetery
  • McClung Cemetery
  • Magnolia Cemetery (Atlanta and Augusta)
  • Mordecai Sheftall Cemetery (Old Jewish Burial Ground)
  • Mount Paran Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Mount Pleasant Cemetery
  • Mountainview Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Myrtle Hill Cemetery
  • New Hope Cemetery
  • Norcross City Cemetery
  • North Atlanta Memorial Park and Chapel Mausoleum
  • Oak Grove Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Oak Rest Pet Gardens
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • Oconee Hill Cemetery
  • Paynes Chapel Cemetery
  • Peachtree Memorial Park
  • Peachtree Road Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Pet Heaven Memorial Park
  • Phillips (Davis) Family Cemetery
  • Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Pounds Family Cemetery
  • Prospect Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Prosperity Cemetery
  • Providence Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Rehoboth Cemetery
  • Riverview Cemetery
  • Rogers Cemetery
  • Rogers-Bell Cemetery
  • Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Shadnor Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery
  • South View Cemetery
  • St. Johannes Lutheran Church Cemetery
  • Stephen Martin Cemetery
  • Sugar Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Sylvester Cemetery
  • Tybee Island Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Turner Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Washington Memorial Gardens
  • Westview Cemetery
  • Wesley Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Winters Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Woodall Cemetery
  • Wright Cemetery

Here’s a list of cemeteries I have visited in other states:

  • Asbury Cemetery (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Apache North Cemetery (Fort Sill, Okla.)
  • Apache South Cemetery (Fort Sill, Okla.)
  • Aurora Cemetery (Aurora, Neb.)
  • Barbee Cemetery (Moon, Miss.)
  • Beef Creek Apache Cemetery (Fort Sill, Okla.)
  • Bethany Lutheran Cemetery (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Blair Cemetery (Blair, Nebraska)
  • Bluff City Cemetery (Elgin, Ill.)
  • Bohemian National Cemetery (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Burn Church Cemetery (Saint John’s Island, S.C.)
  • Brown Fellowship Society Cemetery (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Calvary Cemetery (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Calvary Cemetery (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Calvary Catholic Cemetery (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Cedar Hill Cemetery (Vicksburg, Miss.)
  • Central City Cemetery (Central City, Neb.)
  • Circular Congregational Church Graveyard (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Clarinda Mental Health Institute Cemetery (Clarinda, Iowa)
  • Colonial Pemaquid Old Burying Ground (Pemaquid, Maine)
  • Concord Masonic Cemetery (Farragut, Tenn.)
  • Danish Cemetery (Davey, Neb.)
  • David’s Cemetery (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Deyo Mission Cemetery (Lawton, Okla.)
  • Eastern Cemetery (Portland, Maine)
  • Friendly Union Cemetery (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Elgin Memorial Cemetery (Elgin, Okla.)
  • Elm Grove Cemetery (Thomaston, Maine)
  • Emanu-El Cemetery (Dallas, Texas)
  • Emerts Cove Cemetery (Pittman Center, Tenn.)
  • Fairmount Cemetery (Denver, Colorado)
  • Fairview Cemetery (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
  • Fairview Cemetery (Eufala, Ala.)
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Forest Home Cemetery (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Fort Yellowstone Cemetery (Wyo.)
  • French Huguenot Church (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Gardiner Cemetery (Montana)
  • Glendale Cemetery (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Graceland Cemetery (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Graceland Cemetery (Avoca, Iowa)
  • Glenrock Cemetery (Brock, Neb.)
  • Granary Burying Grounds (Boston, Mass.)
  • Grand Island City Cemetery (Grand Island, Neb.)
  • Greek Orthodox Cemetery (Charleston, Neb.)
  • Greenwood Cemetery (Jackson, Miss.)
  • Greenwood Cemetery (Greenwood, Neb.)
  • Greenwood Cemetery (York, Neb.)
  • Greenwood Cemetery (Dallas, Texas)
  • Hepzibah Baptist Church Cemetery (Talladega, Ala.)
  • Hillcrest Cemetery (Tremont, Maine)
  • Hubbard Family Cemetery (Talladega, Ala.)
  • International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery (Norman, Okla.)
  • James Island Presbyterian Church Cemetery (James Island, S.C.)
  • Kennard Cemetery (Kennard, Neb.)
  • Largo Municipal Cemetery (Largo, Fla.)
  • Letitia Cemetery (Lawton, Okla.)
  • Lewis Christian Union Cemetery (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Lincoln Cemetery (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Live Oak Cemetery (Selma, Ala.)
  • Lone Fir Cemetery (Portland, Ore.)
  • Magnolia Cemetery (Helena, Ark.)
  • Magnolia Cemetery (Augusta, Ga.)
  • Magnolia Cemetery (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Malvern Cemetery (Malvern, Iowa)
  • Maple Hill Cemetery (Helena, Ark.)
  • Morris Brown AME Church Cemetery (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Mount Desert Street Cemetery (Bar Harbor, Maine)
  • Mount Holly Cemetery (Little Rock, Ark.)
  • Mount Saint Mary’s Cemetery (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery (Hillside, Ill.)
  • Mount Morah Cemetery (St. Joseph, Mo.)
  • Mount Scott Cemetery (Meers, Okla.)
  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Hugo, Okla.)
  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Nashville City Cemetery (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Norfolk Hospital For the Insane Cemeteries (Norfolk, Neb.)
  • Neave United Methodist Church Cemetery (Neave, Ky.)
  • Oak Hill Cemetery (Birmingham, Ala.)
  • Oakland Cemetery (Shreveport, La.)
  • Old Elgin Cemetery (Elgin, Okla.)
  • Old Ellsworth Burial Ground (Ellsworth, Maine)
  • Old Gray Cemetery (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Old Greencastle Cemetery (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Onawa Cemetery (Onawa, Iowa)
  • Otter Creek Cemetery (Otter Creek, Maine)
  • Oxford Memorial Cemetery (Oxford, Miss.)
  • Pecan Cemetery (Lawton, Okla.)
  • Pilger Cemetery (Pilger, Neb.)
  • Pioneer Cemetery (Dallas, Texas)
  • Plainfield Cemetery (Bradshaw, Neb.)
  • Pleasant Forest Cemetery (Farragut, Tenn.)
  • Presbyterian Church on Edisto (Edisto Island, S.C.)
  • Potter’s Field (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Prospect Hill Cemetery (Norfolk, Neb.)
  • Pythian Grove Cemetery (Berry, Ky.)
  • Rosehill Cemetery (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Rose Hill Cemetery (Meridian, Miss.)
  • Rose Hill Cemetery (Texarkana, Tex.)
  • Riverside Cemetery (Falmouth, Ky.)
  • Riverside Cemetery (Marshalltown, Iowa)
  • Saint Lawrence Catholic Cemetery (Charleston, S.C.)
  • St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Kronborg, Neb.)
  • St James Church Cemetery (James Island, S.C.)
  • St. Philip’s Church (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Shannon Rose Memorial Park (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Shepherd Community Cemetery (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
  • Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park (Dallas, Texas)
  • Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Stones River National Cemetery (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
  • Sunrise Cemetery (Wahoo, Neb.)
  • Temple Israel Cemetery (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Thomaston Village Cemetery (Thomaston, Maine)
  • Timber Creek Cemetery (Timber Creek, Iowa)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church (Edisto Island, S.C.)
  • Trinity Lutheran Cemetery (Roselle, Ill.)
  • Union Hill Cemetery (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Unitarian Church of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Vicksburg National Cemetery (Vicksburg, Miss.)
  • Village Cemetery (Thomaston, Maine.)
  • Whittaker Cemetery (Monterey, Tenn.)
  • Wisner Cemetery (Wisner, Neb.)
  • Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum (Ohio)
  • Woodland Cemetery (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Woodmen Cemetery (De Kalb, Tex.)
  • Wyuka Cemetery (Nebraska City, Neb.)
  • Wyuka Cemetery (Lincoln, Neb,)