Monday, October 12, 2015


Located in a corner lot near Cypress Water, this little statue must have been quite pretty.  Now, nothing is left but a tiny, poignant foot on the broken headstone of Anna Elizabeth McGarvey Wells who died on spinal meningitis on January 4, 1893 (just a month after her first birthday).

Anna was the daughter of John G. Mills, noted as "lover of horses, coin collector, and pigeon fancier," and Elizabeth McGarvey Ryan. 

Sadly, both parents also died young.  John died on May 7, 1906 of cirrhosis of the liver at the young age of forty.  Elizabeth survived him by only seven years, dying of a lung ailment on February 17, 1913.  She was forty-six.

The family lived at 921 Madison Avenue in Albany, a house which still stands and is now part of the College of St. Rose.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Presidential Ceremony 2015

 Below is some of the coverage of this morning's wreath-laying ceremony in honor of President Chester A. Arthur's birthday.  Any additional stories will be added here. - Former US President being honored in Menands (video) - Wreath laying ceremony for 21st President (video) - Graveside service in Menands will mark birth of President Chester A. Arthur (photoset)

The Chester A. Arthur Museum and Library on Facebook

Restoration Work

Today's Times Union has a story about work being done by Joe Ferrannini of Grave Stone Maters to restore damaged stones at the Cemetery.

Restoring historic gravestones in Albany Rural

There is also a brief follow-up on the story of the boy who was injured last year by a falling headstone.