“Jumped headlong from a window of the Confederate Home...” This line made me gasp out loud. Today on the blog I share the story of my search for the grave of Christian Thieme, a family man driven to desperation by Galveston’s 1900 Storm. You can find a link to the blog in my bio. Have you ever read about someone who has long been gone, but their story made you yearn to talk to them?
This Tomb Tuesday is linked to last week's. The Italian Benevolent Society Tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 cost $40,000, was designed by Pietro Gualdi, and built under the presidency of Joseph Barelli Sr. It's a baroque marble circular tomb with 24 vaults and has a receptacle in the basement that's closed by an iron door. The two niches feature women: One Italia and one Charity (which has children next to her). Atop the tomb is a woman holding a cross representing "Roma." The tomb got unwanted publicity during the 1969 Easy Rider movie when Peter Fonda's character (tripping on LSD) spends time cradled in the lap of the Italia statue. The film was made without permission of the archdiocese, which prompted their new rule - only documentaries or movies approved by them. It's the final home for countless individuals - but most famous are the first two - its architect Gualdi and its overseer Barelli, earning it the nickname the "Hex Tomb." #tombtuesday#italia#roma#charity#neworleans#cemetery#tomb#societytomb#nolahistory#nolacemetery#stlouiscemetery#easyrider#cemeteryphotography#neworleanscemetery#nola#italianbenevolentsocietytomb#cemeterystories
The first known steamboat in Texas was owned by Connecticut native Henry Austin (1782-1852), who began his maritime career as a teenager. By the time he reached adulthood his cousin Stephen F. Austin invited him to Mexico on a business venture. He soon returned to the east coast, but was back in Texas by 1829, where he ran the side-wheeler steamboat Ariel on the Rio Grande. After operating there from 1829 through August 1830, it moved to navigate the Brazos.
Henry’s son, Edward Tailer Austin, became famous in this own right, and his sister Mary Austin Holley wrote one of the first Anglo histories of Texas.
He died in 1852 and rests in the Galveston’s Historic Broadway Cemetery District.
This marker was dedicated to four children who all died in their teens and early twenties. The quote (by poet John Whittier): "Of all sad words of tongue and pen/The saddest are these: It might have been." The mother lived to be 84 years old. #kentuckyhistory#cemeterystories