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Rose Hill Bloomington, IN


April 15, 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic this reminded me of entrepreneur, John Bertram Crafton, he was a last minute passenger on the doomed Titanic. At the age of 53 years old, he was among the passengers who went down with the ship. This tombstone marking his death sits at the head of an empty grave in Rose Hill. Etched in the stone he had set 15 years before his death are the words “Lost on the Titanic”. John found his wealth founding Crafton Quarry Company. He married Sarah Alexander who was called Sally and they had two sons. One of the sons died at the age of seven months old he is laid to rest at the family monument along with his brother and mother.




From 1819 to 1892 Rose Hill was commonly referred to as “The Grave Yard” and the original land was what is now the southeastern section known as the Old Spencer Addition. Later, the name Rose Hill came from many wild roses that grow there, though sadly few rose bushes remain today. Since 1997 Rose Hill has been taken care of by Bloomington’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The office is located on West Fourth and Elm Street inside a house just outside the cemetery gate.


A stroll through Rose Hill Cemetery gives one a wonderful sense of local history. Some people buried here include Andrew Wylie, 1789-1850, the first president of Indiana State Seminary, now Indiana University. Dr. David Maxwell, 1786-1854, Bloomington’s first physician, who also helped frame the Indiana state constitution and was one of the founders of the Indiana State Seminary. Lewis Bollman, the first graduate of Indiana Seminary in 1830. Alfred Kinsey who founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, musician and songwriter Hoagy Carmichael and at least twelve of Bloomington’s mayors. The cemetery is also full of stones with interesting and unique carvings and symbolism.


One of my favorite stones belongs to Eithel “Lefty” Galloway, 1919-1938 a star pitcher on the 1935-1937 American Legion junior baseball team. He was the 1937-1938 captain of Bloomington High School’s basketball team. But his baseball skills garnered the most attention: IU baseball coach Pooch (Paul Harrell) declared Galloway a top prospect, and professional teams reportedly also showed interest. He completed a semester at IU, and then moved to Evansville for employment with plans to return to IU once he had saved money for tuition. Galloway died of his injuries after the truck he was riding in was truck by a train on his first day of work with an Evansville trucking company.




His headstone has porcelain Photograph of Galloway in his team uniform. Along with a baseball attached to the stone. You see the baseball in this first picture I took. Months later when I returned the baseball was gone.


Five Revolutionary War Soldiers are known to be here along with more veterans of the Civil War. In 1923, a World War I monument was erected paid for by families of those 34 soldiers honored, depicting “The Spirit of the Doughboy”. Several family crypts were installed between 1927 and 1940 and the King Mausoleum was added in 1953.


One veteran being My great great grandfather James H. Aynes who was born in Indiana Sept 1838 and died July 1905. I have other family members in this cemetery as Bloomington IN is my home town.


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