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This is the grave of a little girl known as “Violin Annie”. Annie was a young girl who lived near my hometown in the late 1800’s. While alive, she was very passionate about her violin. She would play for everyone, and even wanted to become a professional violinist. Unfortunately, she passed away at the age of eleven due to diphtheria. She was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Southern Illinois. Her parents erected this statue of her above her grave to symbolize her love for violin playing. I had always heard about her, but I wanted to visit her myself. Rumors say if you go to the cemetery at night and listen hard enough, you can hear her playing her violin. They also say that if you visit her grave on Halloween night, you can see her statue glowing.


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

all photos are my own


085 by Vivian Arendall

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

Peter John Lunati

Inventor and Clergyman. He was a Memphis auto mechanic with a strong spiritual faith who revolutionized the car repair industry. Even though Lunati was a master engineer, during World War I he chose to become a spiritual adviser to his fellow soldiers. He advised hundreds of soldiers during the campaigns of St. Mihiel and Argonne in France. After serving in World War I he returned home to Memphis and opened a garage. He quickly grew tired of crawling in and out of the service pit. Then one day while getting a haircut inspiration struck. If a chair could go up and down, why couldn’t a car? Using the same principles to build the worlds first automotive hydraulic lift his invention made it easier for automobiles to be serviced indoors eliminating the need for a service pit. He received the patent for this revolutionary idea in 1925 and went into business as the Automobile Rotary Lift Company. (Source: findagrave.com)

Elmwood Cemetery
Memphis, TN

all photos are my own