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Lakeside Cemetery

Continuing the tour of Gridley-related sites, how about some photos from our recent trip to visit his grave in Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, PA?

Gridley Circle

Gridley is buried on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in the cemetery’s “Gridley Circle” (go figure). In addition to various Gridley family graves, the circle features a monument to the unknown soldier and four cannon captured from the Spanish emplacements at Cavite.

gravestone of Charles Vernon Gridley

Gridley’s headstone is fairly understated, though the unusual mushroom shape does make it stand out.

gravestone of John Vincent Gridley

Most of the other graves in the circle are members of the extended Gridley/Vincent family, including his father-in-law Judge John Pericles Vincent, his wife Hattie, his daughters and sons-in-law. This grave is probably the saddest: Gridley’s only son, John, who was one of 36 men who died as a result of a tragic training accident on the USS Missouri.

Spanish cannon
Spanish Cannon

And just some final shots of the lone Spanish cannon pointed out over the lake, ready to fire just in case Canada ever starts getting ideas.

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