Lewis Dubois Bassett (1828-1906) – Ice Cream Maker

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Born: January 7, 1828 Died: 1906 Plot: Section 204, Lot 5 Lewis Dubois Bassett, a Quaker school teacher and farmer, began making Bassett’s ice cream in 1861. In 1885, he moved the operations from his New Jersey backyard to a storefront at 5th and …Read More

Sergeant David Linn – Explorer

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Born: about 1861 Died: April 6, 1884 at Camp Clay, Ellesmere Land (Island) Plot: Section 41, Lot 25 David Linn was born in Philadelphia about 1861. His exact date of birth is not known. He enlisted at Philadelphia and served as a Sgt. in …Read More

Luigi Germani – Circus Performer


Born: 1820 Died: December 5, 1902 Plot: Section 1, Lot 93 Born in Italy in 1820, Luigi Germani became a member of the Royal Italian Circus when he was 18 years old. The horseback rider, performer and juggler came to the United States in …Read More

John “Jocko” Milligan – Baseball Player


Born: August 8, 1861 Died: August 29, 1923 Plot: Section 124, Lot 150 John Milligan was born in Philadelphia in 1861 where his family resided on Lombard Street. Shortly after his birth, John’s mother passed away and a brief 8 years later, his father …Read More

Thomas H. “Pat” Deasley – Baseball Player


Born: November 17, 1857 Died: April 1, 1943 Plot: Section 116 Thomas H. “Pat” Deasley was born in Ireland in 1857 and emigrated to the United States sometime prior to 1880 when he began his baseball career. He made his major league debut as …Read More

John Whitehead (1948-2004) – Musician


Born: July 10, 1948 Died: May 11, 2004 Plot: Across from section J in front of the Gate House near the trolley loop John Whitehead was born and raised in Philadelphia. He teamed with fellow Philadelphian and high school classmate Gene McFadden to form …Read More

Robert Heller – Magician


Born: August 19, 1829 Died: November 28, 1878 Plot: Section 135, Lot 189 Heller was born William Henry Palmer in England, the son of a concert pianist. He was a student at the Royal Academy of Music when he became fascinated with magic. He …Read More

William F. (Bill) Greenwood – Baseball Player


Born: 1857 Died: May 2, 1902 Plot: Section 6, Lot 62 Professional baseball player Bill Greenwood was born in Philadelphia in 1857. On September 16, 1882, at age 25, he made his big league debut with the Philadelphia Athletics. The 1882 season was the …Read More

William Burns Smith (1844-1917) – Mayor of Philadelphia


Born: November 11, 1844 Died: November 28, 1917 Plot: William Burns Smith was born in Glasgow, Scotland and arrived in the United States with his parents when he was seven years old. At age 11 he apprenticed to the trade of woodcarving. At age …Read More

John Russell Young (1840-1899) – Journalist and Diplomat


Born: November 20, 1840 Died: January 17, 1899 Plot: Section 155, Lot 223 Young was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, but as a young child his family emigrated to Philadelphia. He entered the newspaper business as a proofreader at age 15. As a reporter …Read More