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 November 28, 1912 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin, and died November 27, 1930, at his mother's home in Racine, 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 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, Racine County, Wisconsin, next to his mother Katherine, brother John Timothy "Jack Tim" O'Connor Sr., and sister-in-law Bertha J. "Birdie" (Larson) O'Connor.

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 August 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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