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Re: Washington Park Cemetery-St.Louis

As so many, I have many family members buried in Washington Park. I want to give my knowledge of the cemetary. My family has a tradition of going to cemetaries for the Memorial Day holiday. My grandmother past in 1942 and as far as I know that's when it started. What I remember happened as a little girl, we used a specific tree to find my grandmother and two roles east my uncle was located. They are both located on the southside of highway 70. The reason we used this particular tree was because back in those days when the grass got cut, the tombstone was moved. Well, if you move the tombstone when they put it back it wasn't returned to the same spot. This is what I was lead to believe anyway. As a kid you don't think - those things are heavy, how could they do that? However, every year we went to the cemetary, her stone was in a different spot. That's why they started marking the spot using the tree as a marker because it was directly in line of where she was/is located.Well I also know there were a lot of tombstone theifs and resales. My ggma stone was one of them. One year when we made a visit, both my ggma and ggpa stone was missing. Both were located on the Natural Bridge side. I remember my guncle parking his truck on the shoulder on the West side of the tree that's there. I guess when they inquired about it not long after that the stones magically reappeared. I went there today and noticed, not only are the stones located East side of the tree but they are further apart from one another the stones are not located on the base but laying against it. My ggma stone has been clearly marked to change the year from 1894 to at that point 1884. In other words the 9 was going to be changed to a 8. I am so glad I'm not the only one that want more information about Washington Park. I also have a paternal gma there that I can't find. The only thing my father could tell me is that she is buried somewhere by Waffle House. Mr. Baily, I plan on contacting you really soon. I want this cemetary to be restored the way it used to be. It was a gorgeous place, a peaceful place. Now, you/I can feel unsettled spirits. I also want to be able to show my grandboys where our families resting place is. Thanks for reading.

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