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From: W David Samuelsen <>
Subject: Re: [PACAMBRI] Terrible Vandalism - Altoona Cemeteries
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011 09:29:24 -0700
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Has this been reported to the local police at Altoona?

David S.

On 12/27/2011 7:35 AM, wrote:
> To whom it may concern:
> My wife and I, along with our daughter and two granddaughters took
> Christmas decorations to the old Oak Ridge Cemetery, St. Johns Cemetery and St.
> Marys Cemetery and Calvary Cemetery just before Christmas. All three older
> cemeteries are adjacent to 10th Street that comes up the steep hill from
> Pleasant Valley Boulevard. Especially in St. John's Cemetery we came upon
> unbelievable destruction of tombstones. There has to be at least 100 stones
> that have been toppled off their bases. It is hard to imagine how anyone
> could do so much damage to sacred ground. Has anyone else noticed such
> destruction just recently. I haven't seen any mention of the vandalism in the
> local newspaper articles. My grandfather and grandmother, Clovis F. and
> Catherine Roy are buried in St. Johns along with Thomas Gallagher my
> great-grandfather from Houtzdale. Also, my Great Uncle, Leo Roy is buried with
> them. He worked for the PRR and lived in Nutley, NJ but was brought back to
> Altoona for burial in 1942. My great grandfather and grandmother are also
> buried in St. Johns Cemeter being Augustine and Mary Amelia (Delozier) who
> were originally from St. Augustine but came to Altoona in about 1886. Both
> my grandparents on my fathers side are buried in Calvary Cemetery being
> Herman C. and Elizabeth (Kinch) Nagle. Elizabeth Kinch's Father, David Kinch
> was the second Mayor of Altoona in 1871-72. I had two Kinch great-aunts
> that lived in Altoona, up into the 1980's. When we would go to their house
> they would always service us a turnip dinner, which my Dad just loved. They
> lived in the same homestead on 5th Avenue and 12th Street in Altoona that
> was a Boarding House for trainmen who had to lay over for their next train.
> This was the same house that my aunts had grown up in since the late
> 1800's and it was like walking into a victorian museum. They were always asking
> my Dad to take them for rides to get Joe Pye Weed and Boneset plants to
> make a special tea. (Evidently it worked because they both lived well into
> their 90's) Those two great-aunts Mother, Isabella Kinch, lost two brothers
> at the Battle of Fredericksburg in the Civil War.
> Sorry to have rambled on so long.
> Herman Nagle
> Altoona
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