Our awesome hotel decorated every room to look like the town of Tombstone. There were even Doc Holliday’s and Wyatt Earp’s rooms as well as jail and courthouse rooms. We got to stay in Miss Kitty’s Bordello.
Wisconsin native Thomas Merton Pitts was born in 1871 to Union Army Veteran Thomas Wolcott Pitts and Susan Maria Edick Pitts. ** Thomas’ Grandfather ran a sawmill in Wood County Wisconsin which became known as Pitts Mill and was later changed to Pittsville... Thomas’ father, Thomas Wolcott worked as a lumber manufacturer, taught in the first school there in 1859… ** At the onset of the Civil War, his Father enlisted in Company G 18th Wisconsin Infantry on November 5th 1861 serving in the Union Army until September 4th 1862...His Uncles Oliver and John also enlisted but unfortunately John died at a very young age from wounds received at the Battle of Chancellorsville…. ** Thomas’ younger Brother Fred served during the Spanish-American War in Company A, 4th Infantry… Fred was drafted to serve his Country once again during World War I…
Thomas Merton Pitts married his wife Frannie and a commissioned as Sergeant in the Coast Artillery Corps … In 1905, he was employed at Fort Desoto, Florida as an Engineer and Plumber in the Quartermaster’s Department…
Thomas Merton Pitts’ life tragically ended on November 12th 1906… The following article is quoted from The Tampa Tribune on November 13th 1906: “DROWNED AT MULLET KEY.
Thomas Pitts, Jr., Meets Death in the Waters of the Bay.
Thomas Pitts, Jr., aged about 30 years, was drowned at Mullet Key early yesterday while in swimming. Mr. Pitts was an electrician at the fortifications and was well known in this city, being a son of T. W. Pitts, the Washington street real estate dealer.
Vague news of the drowning was brought to the city by the government boat which arrived at 11:30 a. m. T. W. Pitts left in the afternoon on the steamer Pickering to gather information about the tragedy. The body will probably be brought to Tampa this forenoon.” Thomas Merton Pitts ...Beloved Husband and Son... Before & After... #veteran#civilwar#spanishamericanwar#army#soldier#cemetery#gravestone#tombstone#graveyard_life#graveyard#florida#monument#restoration#florida#tampabay#bayarea#tampa#history#historic#america#american#unitedstates#beauty#wisconsin
JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter in a café just outside Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh. Several of the main character's names were inspired by tombstone located within the haunted cemetery, including Tom Riddell, aka Lord Voldemort!
Today marks the 99th anniversary of the murder of German pioneer communists Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Berlin at the hands of nationalists and social democrats. Ever since these murders, communists and socialists all over Germany and in later years also from around the world has paid their tribute to these martyrs by attending the Memorial to the Socialists in eastern Berlin where people by the thousands throw red carnations upon the (empty) graves of Luxemburg and Liebknecht.
This year I wasn’t able to attend the service in Berlin. Instead, this weekend I went to the Danish memorial to the fallen during WW2 called Mindelunden north of Copenhagen. Here lies among many others Orla Jens Christian Hansen (shown in the second picture, likely taken during the war) the brother of my grandfather, who was shot and killed at the age of 29 by the Gestapo on April 21st 1945 less than two weeks before the surrender of German troops in Denmark. Orla was a convinced communist and died as such fighting not only to liberate Denmark but what many forget today also in the pursuit of creating a better society.
Although my conception of a communist society might possibly be different than his, I will neverseize to admire the courage and vocation that both Orla and my grandfather showed and followed by fighting for their ideas. It not only makes me fiercely proud to take up the fight that they among many others began; it also confirms my conviction that I’m right when I - up against the parlour of our time - shrug off all fear and insecurity and show myself as I am, a communist.
I placed the two flowers on the stone at the exact same spot where my grandfather placed a little flower some 25 years ago when he and my grandmother took me and the worlds best little sister @louisegorm_ to see the grave for the first time.
“Never afraid of the dark power,
The stars will shine.”