Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Franklin "Bolivar" O'Connor

Franklin Bolivar O'Connor Racine Wisconsin
 Franklin Bolivar O'Connor Racine Wisconsin


Franklin Dan "Bolivar" O'Connor was my great great uncle, the uncle of my grandfather. Bolivar was born 28 Nov 1912 in Racine, Wisconsin and died 27 Nov 1930, one day short of his eighteenth birthday. Bolivar's parents were John Timothy O'Connor and Katherine Jean "Bema" (Bruce) O'Connor. He was the youngest known of John and Katherine's ten children, and was named after Katherine's father Franklin Bruce. One of Bolivar's older sisters was Emily Etta (O'Connor) Thielen, my great-grandmother.

Bolivar is buried at West Lawn Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, next to his mother Katherine, brother John Timothy "Jack Tim" O'Connor, and sister-in-law Bertha J. "Birdie" (Larson) O'Connor. I think his father John may also be buried there in an unmarked grave, but I haven't tried to confirm that yet. [Edit: Since I made this post, I've learned that John is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Racine.]

The first photo above was taken about two weeks ago, at the end of May 2013, after my dad and I removed grass that was growing over Bolivar and Katherine's graves. The second photo was taken in Aug 2012, and it shows how much of the marker was covered with grass. Below is a photo of Bolivar from my grandparents' collection.

Franklin Bolivar O'Connor Racine Wisconsin

Bolivar's Find A Grave memorial is #95641738.

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