Uncovering The Veil At Vale Cemetery

Posted in Hach Adventures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2016 by Hach

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In part of my adventure I visited the Vale Cemetery in Schenectady, New York. It’s one of the largest in all of Schenectady and it was opened in October 1857.

But how does one open a cemetery? Is it like one of those openings that is actually a ending of one’s life? I mean, honestly. How does that happen!?

It was actually all put together because of the old burial grounds that was used started getting run down, there’s a joke there somewhere. And so the town along with help from the Union College president, Dr. Eliphalet Nott, who for visitors and people who live in and around the area will notice a lot of areas named after Dr. Nott. A man who would eventually be laid to rest in the cemetery only a few months after the completion. Later the First Reformed Church also donated land to help with the creation of the cemetery, providing a second entrance.

According to the Vale Cemetery website, Burton Thomas and John Doyle designed a park-like landscape with pastoral vistas. Adding more than 1,000 trees of various species were planted. The cemetery was dedicated on Oct. 21, 1857, by Rev. Julius Seelye. Seelye was the pastor of the First Dutch Reformed Church in Schenectady, he had received his doctor of Divinity degree from Union in 1862. And would later become the president of Amherst College.

But you will notice I didn’t take any pictures of the outside of this cemetery, so I didn’t get a welcome to Vale Cemetery. Mainly because of it’s current location. Because it’s well, in a bad part of town. A part of town in which I actually lived in for a few years in my childhood. Thus making it actually less scary inside the cemetery, now that’s a first right!?

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I took a bunch of pictures, inside the cemetery fence, as I mentioned earlier. I went looking for a few graves, but I’m quite terrible at searching out a grave. So I’ll just talk about the graves I did find, and took pictures of.

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First I’m going to mention that there are numerous parts of this cemetery that have either been vandalized or have been left to rot. These are a sad state of affairs, as you can see that numerous tombstones have either been knocked over or gravity and time have done a toll on them. It’s a shame, that this is allowed to happen. Sadly, who’s going to stand up for the dead.

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I thought this was interesting, so I took a picture, it’s my mother’s maiden name. The Hastings are a more popular family than my Hachey side, although we’re pretty big in Canada.

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This cemetery could use a good cleaning and the overall upkeep as I have previously mentioned has gone away. There are some very famous people buried here and Schenectady at one time was a popular place to live. Sadly like this cemetery, it’s a thing of the past. As the entire area has been filled with crime and overwhelmed with poverty.

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Here is a location within the cemetery commonly referred to as the African-American Burying Ground. It’s a location that was once previously somewhere else in Schenectady called Hamilton Hill but Judge Alonzo C. Paige purchased that area for real estate development. At his expense he purchased space in Vale and had the remains re-interred at his expense. Shockingly his action protected the graves, as people had disturbed the graves on the hill by removing sandy soil for cement making.

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Here are some more graves. I had visited this cemetery on December 12, 2015 and it’s quite shocking how the lack of snow made it quite easier to view the graves.

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Here is the Fronk family, the matriarch Frank was born in Minaville, New York in 1948 and passed away the day after the Fourth of July in 1927. His wife Della died ten years later. Along with these Fronk’s there are four others buried here.

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This angel grave is of the Steinfuhrer family, featuring Ernest A.F. Steinfuhrer along with his wife. This grave is located in section J39, I will share a link to the Vale Cemetery website at the bottom of this which includes a map to this grave.

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As you can see this was prior to Christmas, and these graves were nicely decorated. I also found it interesting that these trees were either planted around the grave or the grave stone was erected in between, not quite sure. John Baird and his wife Leona, John passed away in 1965 while Leona lived on to 1991 dying 4 years shy of her 100th birthday.

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These two interesting grave stones are of Jacob Daum Sr. and William Daum. By their dates of birth one could assume they are father and son as Jacob was born June 3rd 1802 and William was born July 11th, 1830. William’s death seems to have happened before his father’s, while the date is hard to read, Jacob passed away in 1859.

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Here is the grave of Clarissa Putnam. I’m not too positive but I believe it’s the same one who is famous for the Clarissa Putnam House as in this blog from New York History Blog. And was the main story in this book Clarissa Putnam Of Tribes Hill by John J. Vrooman.

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Here is a secret location, I’m not sure what who it was for, or if it’s a special location. But the one quote says “Some Are Fallen Asleep.” I will have to visit again to find out more about this location, as it does indeed look interesting.

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These are grave stones from the 1800’s, it’s numerous members of the Clute family. According to FindAGrave there are over 70 members of this family buried within the confines of Vale Cemetery.

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There’s also a section within the Vale Cemetery dedicated to bird watching and there’s numerous amounts of birds that come and visit the cemetery. Obviously for those who are interested more in the living than the dead.

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Next is this, as you can see this cemetery plot has been beheaded which is downright disgusting. There is no need for this, the Gates family and various other families have spent a lot of money if not their entire life savings on mourning the loss of a loved one, there’s no reason to deface it like this. People who do this should be punished severely, but sadly there’s really not much within the confines of the law, I mean, yes, there’s laws against grave robbing and all, but not too much about this. Yes, there are small things, but not major.

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And if you do see someone you can always call the cemetery or the police. But then again, imagine if I was running a cemetery and caught someone vandalizing. I think there would be a six foot hole just for them.

All and all, the Vale Cemetery is a historic and has it’s charm. Yet, the location currently is well, not the safest. I was afraid to even get a picture of the sign welcoming you to the cemetery because it’s located in a area in Schenectady that has a high crime rate.

While most of Schenectady gets a bad image because of these few blights, they have been working to improve that. There’s also a lot of locations in Schenectady that are great to visit such as this one as well as Jay Street, Central Park as well as others.

For those who enjoyed this here follow along with some of the information I used as well as reading up on various other things about Vale Cemetery:

Garden Valley Visits Vale Cemetery

Vale Cemetery Site

Vale Cemetery on Facebook

Vale Cemetery and Park on Wikipedia

Vale at Find A Grave

 

 

Photo Blog Challenge: Morning

Posted in Photo Blogging Challenge with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2016 by Hach

In a way to connect better with this Photo Blog Challenge presented by A ‘lil Hoohaa that I have joined and it being nearing 3 years in action, I will retroactively join it. So with the power of Google Photos a.k.a. my cloud I will go through my past pictures and play along with the past themes. It might be cheating a little bit, but hey, this is Hachland and not whatever your name is land!

Are you ready for the challenge!? Well, I am and we will go all the way back to December 2015 in which the theme was Morning! Continue reading

TNA: To Fail Or To Continue Failing

Posted in Wrestling with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2016 by Hach

A Facebook friend of mine, who happens to be a professional wrestler asked a question today that stung a little too close today. His question was about the number two wrestling company in the business, or well, the company that might be. So the question he asked is and was “Why does it feel like so many wrestling “fans” want TNA to fail?”

You could consider me as one of those who wanted to TNA to succeed. I bought into their programming numerous times throughout their tenure as a wrestling company. From the very beginning when they offered weekly pay-per-views, because that’s the only way they could get on television. To the time they were at 1am or so on FOX Sports, or maybe that 1am thing was ECW. Continue reading

Photo Blog Challenge: Holiday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2016 by Hach

In a way to connect better with this Photo Blog Challenge presented by A ‘lil Hoohaa that I have joined and it being nearing 3 years in action, I will retroactively join it. So with the power of Google Photos a.k.a. my cloud I will go through my past pictures and play along with the past themes. It might be cheating a little bit, but hey, this is Hachland and not whatever your name is land!

Are you ready for the challenge!? Well, I am and we will go all the way back to December 2015 in which the theme was Holidays!

1. Christmas Decorations

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What’s a holiday without decorations? These two fantastic creatures were outside the Red Roof Inn in Binghamton, New York. I spent a night there right before the holidays as I enjoyed the last days of 2CW, as I have talked about in The Final Journey. This year unlike previous there is no sign of snow anywhere to be seen, it’s a real odd thing. It’s a good thing that snowman is made of plastic.

2. Island Park

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As part of my Final Journey, I was able to make a slight detour on the last nights of 2CW as they ventured to Elmira, so I ventured a little farther before the show. I traveled all the way to Wellsville, New York. Now if you’re not familiar with Wellsville, it’s out there, compared to where I live in Albany. But Wellsville is where my heart is, I suppose you can say, it’s where my Great Grandmother lived and where my Grandmother grew up. Every year we would visit and hang out at Island Park where they would hold a balloon rally. It’s been a few years since we went out there actually it was July of 2010.

3. The Last 2CW Show

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The last days of 2CW, a pro wresting company based out of Syracuse in which for the past few years I started to follow and attend their shows. The Final Journey I speak of was a series of three shows in which the company said farewell. This was taken before the last show started, as you can see they used a vacuum prior to the wrestling. It’s because well, they suck, sarcasm of course.

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This is Santa. He’s one of the decorations at my Grandmother’s house or as I sometimes refer to as Ma and Da’s house. This is my mother’s side of my family and it’s where we have spent many times visiting during the holidays. Holidays were always a great time because of the time spent with them and other family members in and around the area. As for this decoration, my grandfather who has passed, would always love to showcase his newest Christmas decorations, even spending the day after Christmas going out to various stores in the Syracuse area trying to get the best and cheapest as the stores would all discount it.

5. Christmas Dinner At Grandpa’s

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No that’s not a picture of my other Grandfather, it’s a picture of my Aunt Mary and Jordi. We spent Christmas dinner visiting my father’s side of the family as my aunt, pictured above handed out this photo as she spent her last Christmas living in Syracuse, New York as she has now moved on to Florida. Yes, she’s old, she’s like 14 years older than me, so that’s like ancient. As you can see we played bingo and some drank beer, I didn’t, because well, I had to work Christmas night.

 

Schenectady Soup Stroll Completed

Posted in Hach Adventures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2016 by Hach

And finally the stunning final of the Schenectady Soup Stroll!

As you’ve seen first part and the second part I walked around Schenectady and ate soup.

Now I continue that! Continue reading

Schenectady Soup Stroll Continued

Posted in Hach Adventures with tags , , , , , , , on February 2, 2016 by Hach

As I continued walking, I’ll continue talking, or well, at least writing about what I did on Saturday at the Schenectady Soup Stroll.

In my last post, I discussed the soups and the locations I visited. Now I will continue with this post as I took a lot of pictures, visited a lot of places and enjoy a bunch of soups! Continue reading

Schenectady Soup Stroll

Posted in Hach Adventures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2016 by Hach

On January 30th, there was a first annual soup stroll in Schenectady in which 16 different restaurants, bars and bakeries all made soups, chowders and chill and offered one dollar samples to those who came in and visited. This was presented and located in Downtown Schenectady starting at noon on Saturday.

You could easily visit all the various locations by simply walking along with a printed out map which pointed out the 16 locations helped. Continue reading

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