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C.W. STOCK - Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio
Posted by: Gayleen Gindy (ID *****5470) Date: July 02, 2011 at 15:13:36
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I am not related, but I found the following article in the Toledo Evening Bee newspaper dated 11-28-1900. I thought is was too interesting to not share.

Here's what the article said:

OLD TOMBSTONE DISCOVERED UNDER BOODY HOUSE BASEMENT

While digging an excavation in the basement of the Boody house a few days ago workmen suddenly found their picks had met an obstruction, and investigation revealed an old stone, one which contained a date of either April 12, 1821, or April 12, 1831. The tombstone is two feet high and the inscription reads: “Died, C.W. Stock, aged 47 years, April 12, 18—1.” The third numeral in the year designation is almost obliterated, but the majority at the Boody house attaches are of the opinion that the original inscription reads 1831, a powerful magnifying glass determining this conclusion.
Just how it came to be in the site of the Boody is a question. The workmen were installing a large modern system and reached in to terra firma for a distance of approximately eight or nine feet. It was at this distance that the construction was encountered and here for curiosity the men conducted more search, anticipating Indian relics. This gruesome discovery proved a notable shock to several of those who were in the basement at the time. As the distance from the Boody basement to the street level is estimated at about twelve feet, and the excavation went down about ten feet, the old grave marker was at quite a depth in the earth.
It, therefore is not believed that the stone was put there when the Boody was constructed during the years 1870 to 1872, because an excavation of ten feet further than the present basement level was not necessary.
On the other hand, so far as can be learned there never was a cemetery where the Boody now stands. However about 1830, Dexter Fisher, who owned eight acres in what is now the heart of Toledo, sold two acres for cemetery purposes, but investigation reveals that this was located near what is now the corner of Madison avenue and Seventeenth street. The Fisher tract was mostly on the south side of Madison avenue and it is considered possible that several graves may have been dug on or near the corner of Madison and St. Clair. The Fisher cemetery was abandoned about 1840.
The tombstone has occasioned much comment in the Boody corridors, and Chris Wall and Elmer Puffer, proprietors, have been busy conducting the curious to the basement where the morbid reminder of a death at least seventy-five years ago may be inspected.
Just how it came to be where it is found is a mystery.



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