Lola G. Schooley


Today we honor the precious life Lola Gay Schooley... 

..."To know her was to love her"...

The Good Cemeterian, 2018

The Good Cemeterian, 2018

The Good Cemeterian, 2018

The Good Cemeterian, 2018


Lola's father, Leander served as Corporal in the Union Army for the State of Indiana.

Lola Gay Schooley was born on August 16th 1876 to Leander Schooley & Anna Sophia Dannefer... 

☆ Interesting events that occurred in the United States during Lola's birth year of 1876 included...


Lola's mother, Mrs. Anna Sophia Schooley.

On March 7th, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for an invention he called "The Telephone" ... 3 days later on March 10th, Bell makes the first successful call by saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you"

On May 10th, 1876 The "Centennial Exposition" begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.... The exposition was the first official "World's Fair" in the United States, and was held between May 10th until November 10th 1876, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia

On July 4th, 1876 the United States celebrated its Centennial

On August 1st, 1876 Colorado was admitted as the 38th  state in the Union in the United States

On August 2nd, 1876 Wild Bill Hickok was killed during a poker game in Deadwood, South Dakota

▪ On November 7th, 1876 the Presidential election in the United States ended indecisively with 184 Electoral College votes for Samuel J. Tilden, (1 short of a majority needed) 165 for Rutherford B. Hayes, and 20 were in dispute... The new president was not decided until 1877...

☆ By January 1877, with the question still unresolved, Congress and President Ulysses S. Grant agreed to submit the matter to a bipartisan Electoral Commission, which would be tasked to determine the fate of the disputed electoral votes...The Commission was to be made up of 5 Representatives, 5 Senators, & 5 Supreme Court justices... To ensure partisan balance, there would be 7 Democrats & 7 Republicans, with Justice David Davis, an independent, as the 15th member... The balance was upset when Democrats in the Illinois legislature elected Davis to the Senate, hoping to sway his vote...Davis disappointed Democrats by refusing to serve on the Commission because of his election to the Senate... As all of the remaining Justices were Republicans, Justice Joseph P. Bradley, believed to be the most independent-minded of them, was selected to take Davis's place on the commission...The commission met in February and the 8 Republicans voted to award all 20 electoral votes to Hayes making him the 19th President of the United States...

Lola G. Schooley passed away on July 31st 1895... The following was quoted from an article in The Moline Republican published on August 9th 1895:

"Death of Miss Lola Schooley.
From the Tampa (Fla.)Daily Times.
The numerous friends of Miss Lola Schooley and her family were shocked beyond expression yesterday afternoon that an apparently trifling ailment had developed into a fatal seizure of acute gastritis, and that but two hours had elapsed from the attack until it ended in death. Miss Schooley was in her nineteenth year, and was possessed of rich graces of character. Modest, refined, intelligent, energetic, she was a model of sweet young womanhood. She was a devout Christian and an active member of the Endeavor Society, from among whom  were chosen the bearers who conveyed her body to its last resting place.
The funeral was from the Congressional church at three o'clock this afternoon, Rev. E. P. Herrick being the officiating minister. The floral tributes were numerous, and some of them  patletic, tender, and beautiful in their appropriate significance. The bearers of the casket escorted by a group of young  ladies in white, were Elmer Irwin, Rufus Harris, George Rushing, John Haynes, Stanley Joyce and Arthur Shaw.
The lamented young lady was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Schooley, who reside on Franklin street, and who came from Kansas to Tampa about six years ago. To the afflicted parent and brothers and sisters goes out unmeasured sympathy, while many a tear moistens the sod that tenderly enwraps the mortal tenement of the pure young soul untimely called away."


☆ Lola Gay Schooley☆
☆ Beloved Daughter & Friend ☆
...Before & After...


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published by: jen armbruster
the good cemeterian historical preservation project, 2018