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 Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States

Greenwood Memorial Park

History of Greenwood Memorial Park

More than a century ago, a group of San Diegans gathered to establish Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary. Edgar G. Davies, William Rodgers, Ralph Granger, George W. Marston, Alfred Haines, Ralph E. Jenny, William Kettner and H. J. Parsons provided the secure financial base from which the cemetery would grow.

Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary occupies 125 acres on a strategic site five miles east of downtown, situated on a slight hill with an ocean view, directly east of Mount Hope Cemetery. Over the years, development of Greenwood included several chapels, a mortuary, a crematory, three mausoleums, a collection of international and rare vegetation and a flower shop. Nature has worked untiringly with skilled engineers in transforming this property into a garden of surpassing loveliness. Most of the site has been landscaped, with palm-lined drives, sprawling lawns, graceful, well-placed trees, shrubs, lagoons, flowers and lakes dotted with colored lilies.

Many markers here tell a story about the deceased. Several families built private mausoleums, a symbol of prestige. Other families commissioned impressive upright markers. One gravesite features a magnificent bronze Angel of Death sitting in waiting, holding a wilting lily. Its sculptor, H. Augustus Lukeman, created several other important sculptures and memorials throughout the United States.

Another memorial within Greenwood remains somewhat of a mystery. A man purchased a cluster of sixteen gravesites and decorated each space with statuary consisting of angels, dogs and lambs made of granite and Italian marble, facing various directions. Two of the sites were dedicated to friends and two graves mark the remains of this man and his wife, but the rest remain empty.

When Cathedral Mausoleum was built in 1919, the acceptance of crypt burials was not yet popular on the West Coast. The idea caught on quickly and the demands for crypts grew at an unforeseen rate. The Cathedral Mausoleum grew to be one of the largest single building mausoleums in the United States. Alaskan marble, carefully matched when cut, forms unusual designs on the walls of the original section. With expansion, the use of a variety of marbles creates a different mood in each aisle. An abundance of stained glass windows and statuary provides additional atmosphere. Like the cemetery, this mausoleum contains the remains of numerous prominent San Diegans.

The demand for crypts necessitated an additional building. Construction began in 1957 on the Bible Mausoleum. Greenwood now contains two of the largest mausoleums in the United States.

Throughout the grounds, special areas are dedicated to various secular, religious and ethnic groups, including Greek, Jewish, Asian, Muslim, military, firefighters and various fraternal organizations, among others.

Cemetery Photos

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Grant Family Heastone
Grant Family Heastone
Grant Family headstone --
Location: Hawthorne Place, Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego County, CA USA 
Grant Family Heastone
Grant Family Heastone
Inscription on the back of the Grant Family headstone:

U S Grant Jr

His wife
Fannie Josephine Chaffee daughter of
Jerome B and Miriam Comstock Chaffee
Born Jan 16, 1857 Died Nov 10 1909
Their Children
I Miriam Wife of Ulysses Samuel Macy
Fannie Grant Macy Samuel G Macy

Grant Macy Born July 31 1910
Died June 15 1911

II Chaffee husband of Ellen D Wrenshall
Jane Grant, Jerome Grant

III Julia Dent wife of Edmund C King
Fannie Chaffee King, Grant King, Julia D G King

IV Fannie wife of Isaac Hart Purdy
Born Aug 11 1889 Died Dec 28 1924
Hart Grant Purdy Born Jan 10 1914

V Ulysses S IV

Location: Hawthorne Place, Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego County, CA USA 
Grant, America Rosa (Workman)
Grant, America Rosa (Workman)
America Rosa (Workman) Grant - wife of Ulysses S. Grant, Jr 
Grant, Chaffee
Grant, Chaffee
Chaffee Grant, 57, son of U.S. Grant, Jr., who made his home in San Diego many years before his death in 1929, died in an Indio hospital Monday after a long illness, according to word received yesterday.
Mr. Grant was a nantive of New York and came to San Diego with his parents 50 years ago. He attended San Diego schools and resided here until three years ago when he moved to Coachella.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Martin Smith, Jr. and a son, Jerome C. Grant, both of Salem Center, NY, Mrs. Edmond King, Seattle, and a brother U.S. Grant IV, Los Angeles.  
Grant, Dr Ulysses Simpson IV
Grant, Dr Ulysses Simpson IV
Dr Ulysses Simpson Grant, IV 
Grant, Frances Josephine 'Fannie' (Chaffee)
Grant, Frances Josephine "Fannie" (Chaffee)
Frances Josephine "Fannie" (Chaffee) Grant 
Grant, Ulysses S. Jr
Grant, Ulysses S. Jr
Ulysses S. Grant, Jr 
Greenwood Memorial Park
Greenwood Memorial Park
Greenwood Memorial Park - 4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, San Diego, California 
King, Edmund C King
King, Edmund C King
Edmund C King - Husband of Julia Dent Grant 
King, Julia Dent Grant
King, Julia Dent Grant
Julia Dent Grant King 
Purdy, Fannie Grant
Purdy, Fannie Grant
Fannie Grant Purdy --
The Washington Post, Washington, D. C., 30 Dec 1924
Mrs. F. G. Purdy, Granddaughter of General, Was Patient in San Francisco.
Sa n Francisco, Dec 29. The body of Mrs. Fannie G. Purdy, 34, wealthy San Diego divorcee and grand daughter of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who leaped or fell to her death from the sixth story of the St. Francis hospital here yesterday will be sent to San Diego today.
Mrs. Purdy was seen by her nurse to run down the corridor. The nurse followed, but was unable to halt her patient. She had been ill and despondent, and three days ago was removed to the hospital.
Mrs. Purdy was married to Isaac Hart Purdy in Adrian, Michigan, in October, 1922. The couple lived for a time in Purdy, N.Y., where the father of the bridegroom Thomas Purdy, owned large estates.
Acquaintances here said that the couple had been divorced for some time. One child, Hart Purdy. Jr., 11, is in San Diego. Maj. Ulysses S. Grant III of the Engineers corps, United States army, stationed here is said to be a brother of Mrs. Purdy.  
Rice, Miriam (Grant) Macy
Rice, Miriam (Grant) Macy
Miriam was the granddaughter of the 18th President of the United States, General Ulysses Simpson Grant.
Her first husband was Lt. Cmdr Ulysses Samuel Macy who died September 17, 1917.
Her second husband was John C. "Jack" Rice 

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