Friday, July 25, 2008

Greenmount Cemetery

A possible variable "surname" of the Wisloski/Weleski/Wislocki clan.

Possible Maier Relation. I will need to research this family and see if there is a possible connection.
Brother of Frank Christian Maier who was the grandfather of my Dad, Arthur Maier.
William Joseph Gallagher III a.k.a Uncle Billy, son of William Joseph II & Anna Marie McCaffery Gallagher. Cause of death; Multi Myloma (cancer of the bone marrow)
Possible Cannon Relation.
Another possible relation, and another name for me to research.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sunday Morning

Happy Birthday Mom

Friday, July 04, 2008

Oakland Cemetery

Located in Philadelphia Pa. on Adams Avenue just below Roosevelt Boulevard near Friend's Hospital in the 19124 zip code.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Hiking Along The Towpath In Fairmount Park Between Shawmont Street And Flat Rock Dam

The lone fisherman at the bottom of Flat Rock Dam.
Spotting beauty along the trail.
The end of the Manayunk canal where it meets the Schuylkill river.
The wall out in the middle of the water divides the river and the canal.
Flat Rock Dam and the Manayunk Canal were completed in 1819.

Walking the towpath from Shawmont Avenue towards Main Street.
Flat Rock Dam from a distance.
Believe it or not, you can take the bike path in Manayunk/Roxborough all the way up to the towns listed above.

What a great place to live. Where else can you live surrounded by nature, history and still live in the city? This is my ancestral town dating back to the early 19th century. I would not want to live anywhere else. This is definitely my happy place.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

These ateps lead from the towpath near the river to the Shawmont Pumping Station's main buiding.
The Shawmont Waterworks Pumping Station was built about 1870 and located at Shawmont and Nixon Street off of River Road. These are pictures taken from the outside of the pumping station's main building.
As you can see the station is reduced to ruins by years of
vandalism and neglect. The roof of the building barely exists.
Debris is everywhere.
These are pictures taken from within the building itself.
The building once had large windows that looked out
into the park and over the river.
The floor of the building had contained its pumps.
Shawmont Pumping Station pumped water from the Schuylkill River to the Roxborough Reservoir located at Port Royal and to the "Little Roxborough" Reservoir located on Shawmont Avenue.
This is the actual pipeline which carried the water from the Schuylkill River into the pumping station and out through to the reservoirs in Roxborough. The pipe line actually runs along the towpath from the one story brick pumping station to the main pumping station.
We had to walk on this trail off the towpath in order to get to the one story brick building located near Flat Rock Dam.
Steps leading to the one story addition of the pumping station
located near Flat Rock Dam.
This is the spill off location between the canal and river used when the water rises too high in the canal looking. This is the one story addition to the pumping station
which was built in 1902 for 21,000 dollars.
View of the canal from the pumping station.
Part of the building collapsed into ruins.
Section of an old pump used up to the 1960's.
This part of the canal that runs underneath the one brick story pumping station addition is now overgrowth. Of note, in 1898 according to an article from the Board of Health, the city saw an increase in Typhoid Fever due to contamination found from the water at Queen Lane and Shawmont Reservoir. It appeared that when water levels were taken the Schuylkill River North from the Shawmont Pumping Station, the bacteria that causes Typhoid Fever was discovered.