Someone broke into the President James A. Garfield Monument and stole commemorative spoons.
When the Boy was younger, he could recite all the presidents in order. His little head was a trove of presidential trivia. So when we went to Cleveland, OH in 2008 we knew we had to take him to see President Garfield’s tomb in Lakeview Cemetery. The structure is an impressive piece of art and architecture, with gorgeous mosaic on the domed top, stained glass windows all around, and sculptures along the outside walls.
On the main floor of the monument is a statue of the president. At the top of the Gothic style building there’s an observation deck with a view of Cleveland’s skyline and Lake Erie. In the lower level you can see Garfield’s casket, along with that of his wife.
The Italian Artisans who crafted the tomb and monument settled around the cemetery in what is now Cleveland’s Little Italy.
Police say the thief or thieves broke in through a window. How sad; the windows are beautiful.
“Police collected cigarette butts, a T-shirt and an empty bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey outside the building, reports say. Police also found a fingerprint on the glass case. Investigators will try to find DNA on the items and test them to find a suspect, reports say.
“The 180-foot tall monument erected in 1890 features the only casket of a U.S. President on full display. Garfield’s wife, Lucretia, and their daughter Mary and son-in-law Joseph Brown, are also interred in the monument.
“Garfield was born in what is now Moreland Hills on Nov. 19, 1831. He was elected President in 1880, winning by only 10,000 votes.
“He was shot in a train station in Washington D.C. on July 2, 1881, and died two months later.”