085 by Vivian Arendall


His son was only five years old when Smith died. Todd Fox, Elmwood superintendent, hung a swing from a holly tree near his grave to make cemetery visits easier for the child. When the eighty-nine year old holly tree died and had to be replaced, the process of replacing old and decaying trees in the cemetery was named the Jeffrey Smith Reforestation Project. Friends did not forget young Jeffrey. In 2000 they erected another swing so that the boy could continue his visits to his father’s grave.  

(Source: findagrave.com)

Elmwood Cemetery
Memphis, TN

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Dead with a Drawl: Elmwood Cemetery

I’m not the kind of guy who can tell you the best restaurants or the coolest hangout spots in a city, but I can get you to its best graveyards. And when in Memphis, Tennessee, go to Elmwood Cemetery. Before or after Graceland, it doesn’t matter… (read more)

[2014 OTIS Halloween Season Blog]



On this day in history, July 31,1763 – Odawa Chief Pontiac’s forces defeat British troops at the Battle of Bloody Run during Pontiac’s War.

The Battle of Bloody Run was fought during Pontiac’s Rebellion on July 31, 1763 on what is now the site of Elmwood Cemetery. In an attempt to break Pontiac’s siege of Fort Detroit, about 250 British troops attempted to make a surprise attack on Pontiac’s encampment.

Pontiac was ready and waiting, possibly alerted by French settlers, and defeated the British at Parent’s Creek two miles east of the fort. However, he did not accomplish the destruction of this British force which would have greatly demoralized the British and dissuaded more British efforts to break the Indian siege of Fort Detroit. The creek, or run, was said to have run red with the blood of the 20 dead and 34 wounded British soldiers and was henceforth known as Bloody Run. (Wikipedia)

1. View along stream between deep banks, with what look like grape vines down one bank. Trees and lawn on both sides. Written on negative: “61.” Glass negative ledger reads: “D/Cemeteries-Elmwood. Bloody Run River.” Emulsion flaking at edges, with some discoloration.

2. View of Parent’s Creek, a small tributary of the Detroit River, which became known as Bloody Run after the Battle of Bloody Run. Near this site, in late July 1763, the British and Indians fought the fiercest battle of Chief Pontiac’s uprising. The image shows the creek with a few large trees on the banks. The slide is titled “Bloody Run Detroit.” Recorded in lantern slide ledger: “D/Bloody Run." 

3. Gold mount. View of bridge over water with tree in Elmwood Cemetery. Handwritten on stereocard back: "Bridge over Bloody Run, about 1870." 

4. View of tree with hollow; tree next to stone bridge and rail fence in field. Label on back: "Old Pontiac tree (on site of Michigan Stove Works).” Handwritten on back: “Old Pontiac tree, Bloody Run, on Jefferson Ave. above Adair St., 1870." 

5. View of Pontiac tree, marking the Battle of Bloody Run. Caption on page: "Pontiac tree.” Handwritten on back: “Pontiac tree." 

6. View of Pontiac tree, marking the Battle of Bloody Run. Victorian-style house with cupola in background. Caption on page: "Pontiac tree.” Handwritten on back: “Pontiac tree." 

7. Pontiac Tree Monument marking the site of the Battle of Bloody Run and erected by the Michigan Stove Company whose establishment took its place. Recorded in glass negative ledger: "D/Monuments-Pontiac." 

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library