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Gridley Family Plot

From: Sat, Apr 21, 1810

To: Thu, Jan 20, 1881

The Family Patriarch, Asahael Gridley (04/21/1810 – 01/20/1881), was a banker, lawyer, politician, merchant, and first millionaire in McLean County.  The town of Gridley is named for him. Gridley was once sued for slander and hired Abraham Lincoln as his defense and won the case; Lincoln argued that Gridley's words could not be slander…

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John M. Scott Mausoleum

From: Sun, Aug 1, 1824

To: Fri, Jan 21, 1898

John M. Scott (01 Aug 1824 - 21 Jan 1898) served as judge to the 8th Judicial Circuit in Illinois 1862 – 1870, was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court 1870 – 1888 and was one of the founders of the McLean County Historical Society in 1892.   John considered his wife, Charlotte Anne (Perry) Scott (18 Sep 1881 - 01 Dec 1917),…

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Angeline Strode Turner Lamon Memorial

From: Sat, May 14, 1825

To: Wed, Apr 13, 1859

The 8th Circuit Court and the members including the Honorable Judge David Davis and Abraham Lincoln, future president of the United States of America, gathered here at the burial site of Angeline Turner Lamon on April 14, 1859.  Angeline was the wife of Ward Hill Lamon (6 Jan 1828 - 7 May 1893).  They were married March 17, 1850.  …

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Adlai Stevenson I

From: Fri, Oct 23, 1835

To: Sun, Jun 14, 1914

He served as the 23rd vice president of the United States from 1893 to 1897. Previously, he served as a representative from Illinois in the late 1870s and early 1880s. After his subsequent appointment as assistant postmaster general of the United States during Grover Cleveland's first administration…

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McCormick Family Plot

From: Sun, Feb 5, 1837

To: Wed, Jul 17, 1918

Five generations of the McCormick family are buried here in the Big Circle.  Family Patriarch Henry W. McCormick, Ph. D. was an Irish immigrant, farm laborer, teacher and college professor. For his contribution to the university, McCormick Gym, at the Illinois State University is named in his honor.  He was married to Numanthia B. Kinyon.…

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Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourne

From: Mon, Dec 11, 1854

To: Fri, Feb 5, 1897

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1940, Charles pitched professionally for 11 years in the National League and the Players League.   In those 11 years he won 310 games and lost 191 for a winning percentage of .619.   In 1884 he won 62 games and lost 12. As of 1940, the 62 wins has remained the record for games won in the major leagues.…

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Civil War Veterans Section

From: Fri, Apr 12, 1861

To: Sun, Apr 9, 1865

This plot in Section D commemorates those American military personnel who fought in the Civil War.  This section is surrounded by foot-high concrete walls with cannon ball replicas stacked on top of each corner post. There are approximately 40 ground-level tombstones in the plot. About 50 feet away is a 6 foot monument in memory…

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Bloomington Cemetery Vault

From: Sun, Jan 1, 1888

To: Fri, Dec 31, 1920

The Bloomington Cemetery Vault is a carefully preserved piece of McLean County history.  It is a large gray stone structure with 1888 deeply engraved on it’s front.  Before the day of mechanical digging equipment, the vault was used to store remains in the winter months when the frozen ground was too hard to dig. The vault is designed…

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Spanish-American War Veterans Section

From: Thu, Apr 21, 1898

To: Sat, Aug 13, 1898

This plot in Section 5 commemorates those American military personnel who fought in the Spanish-American War.  This section is surrounded by foot-high concrete walls with cannon ball replicas stacked on top of each corner post. There are approximately 70 tombstones in the plot, which was dedicated on May 30, 1928 by the R.J. Oglesby…

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Dorothy Gage "The Wizard of Oz"

From: Sat, Jun 11, 1898

To: Fri, Nov 11, 1898

Dorothy Louise Gage was born June I l, 1898 to Sophie Jewell and Thomas C. Gage. She died in November I l, 1898 at 5 months of age. She was interred on November 16, 1898. Dorothy Louise Gage was the niece of L. Frank Baum. While he was writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the infant died. Maud L Frank Baum's wife and mother of four sons traveled…

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Adlai Stevenson II

From: Mon, Feb 5, 1900

To: Wed, Jul 14, 1965

He was an American lawyer, politician, and diplomat.   A member of the Democratic Party, Stevenson served in numerous positions in the federal government during the 1930s and 1940s, including the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA), Federal Alcohol Administration, Department of the Navy, and the State…

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Helen L. Cooper Memorial

From: Fri, Dec 3, 1920

To: Mon, Jul 2, 2012

Helen L. Cooper (12/03/1920 – 07/02/2012) Wife, mother, and registered nurse. A driving force behind the merging of the Bloomington City Cemetery and Bloomington Cemetery. It was with great dedication that she served Evergreen Memorial Cemetery  first as an advocate then as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1962 - 1971  …

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Plane Crash Memorial

Mon, May 31, 1948

On May 31, 1948, a group of citizens gathered at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery’s Civil War Veteran’s enclosure to honor those who had given to our great nation through their military service.  During the ceremony, a WWII trainer plane flown by James A. Tuley and passenger Chester H. Frahm was flying over Evergreen Memorial Cemetery and…

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Veterans Field

From: Fri, Apr 6, 1956

To: Fri, May 9, 2014

This plot in Section 16 commemorates American Military Veterans.  The section is surrounded by 6 granite pillars each engraved with a Branch of Service or POW/MIA emblem.  A granite bench in the section was dedicated in 2006 "In Memory Of Our Honored Veterans".   There are appoximately 40 tombstones in the plot.   Take…

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