We Salute Our Veterans – Continuing the Love and Honor

The American Revolutionary War ended over 200 years ago, yet two groups, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Sons of the American Revolution, continue to honor those who fought for the freedom we have today.

Taken from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 50th Anniversary Yearbook:

“The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded October 11, 1890 for historic, educational, and patriotic service: (1) to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; (2) to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people; (3) to cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.”

In 2017, Hanover’s Colonel Richard McCalister Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate its 90-year anniversary.

Lucy Forney-Bittinger built and donated a beautiful chapel as a monument of to honor her ancestors and for future generations to use in memorializing their loved ones. The chapel features bronze tablets depicting several of the members of the Forney and Bittinger families who served during the American Revolutionary War. Built of local limestone and of wood from a family farm, the chapel represents the love, honor, and patriotic values of all men who served during the American Revolutionary War.

Join us in honoring our Veterans in two upcoming events.

“We Salute Our Veterans” Observance held at Mount Olivet Cemetery with the flag-salute-silhouetteGod Bless America Motor Cycle Color Guard  Sunday, November 6, 2016 beginning at 2:00 PM in the cemetery’s Garden of Honor.

Wreaths Across America emblemThe “Wreaths Across America,” will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 beginning at 11:50 AM at Mount Olivet Cemetery.



12th Annual Pet Memorial Service Reminder

If you have a pet that died and is buried in Pet Haven at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hanover, you can have its name memorialized at our 12th Annual Pet Memorial Service and Blessing on Sunday, September 11 at 2 PM.  Call the cemetery office at 717-637-5294 before August 31st!!
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Memorial Day Weekend Events Planned

What are you doing this Memorial Day weekend?  Mount Olivet Cemetery will once again host two events.  Why not plan to attend one or both with your family. Our cemetery is located on 725 Baltimore Street in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Attention all Bikers!! Everyone who rides a motorcycle is invited to join us for the 6th Annual SSGT Jeremy Redding Memorial Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, May 29, 2016.  The ride begins at 1:00 PM leaving from the rear parking lot of M.O.M.S Restaurant 1039 Baltimore Street, Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331. This ride is open to all motorcycle riders. Questions can be directed to Steve Redding at 717-451-5859. The ride benefits the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, and donations will be accepted.

Photograph courtesy of Alan Pototsky, www.WhileYouCheer.com photography

Monday, May 30, 2016

Who doesn’t love a parade?!  parade image

Hanover’s annual Memorial Day Parade and Observance will begin about 8:30 AM on Carlisle Street and proceed to Mount Olivet Cemetery.  The Memorial Day Observance will begin following the parade. Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day 2016.

Garden of Innocence Program



On Saturday, May 7, 2016 Hanover Hospital and Panebaker Funeral Home will hold a ceremony for those who have experienced a pregnancy loss.

The ceremony begins at 11 AM in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 725 Baltimore Street, Hanover.  Enter through the stone (main entrance), pass the fountain, and proceed back through the cemetery. Details are on the flyer.

Questions about the program or to register by May 2nd, can be directed to Eric Stenman, Chaplain by calling 717-316-6905.

Mount Olivet Cemetery Discoveries

Front sideIt can be assumed that the house featured on this postcard might be the home of the first superintendents (the George Zinns) for Mount Olivet Cemetery. The fine iron fence and entrance to the cemetery still exist today. The post date shows August 10, 1910, 10 AM, Hanover, PA, and the postage was one cent.  The American News Company, which once operated in New York, was the printing company, and so began my search for why was our cemetery featured on a postcard, and who was Lulu Brower.

Lulu Belle Brower lived her entire life in Taneytown, Maryland on her family’s farmBack side.  According to Ancestry.com, Lulu was born on October 2, 1885 and died on February 2, 1969.  She is buried in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Taneytown.  There is little that I initially found about her, but I do know that she had a friend named Carrie, who lived in Hanover and sent her this postcard.

Alan Petrulis, from Metro Postcard, explained how Mount Olivet was featured on a postcard.  “In many small towns, businesses like drug and general stores were places where local residents purchased postcards. Some of these stores would buy postcards from salesmen for resale, but many sought to stock local views to increase the chance of sales…Cemetery gates were a common subject, but few bothered with views of the grounds unless the cemetery had wider historical importance. Odds are the card you hold was the only one of Mt. Olivet in the series, though other publishers might have printed other views of it. The American News company was primarily a distributor of postcards but they published a great many for smaller businesses as well. While it is impossible to determine the exact business arrangement that led to the printing of your card, it has an order number on the back, which suggests it was made upon the request of a local business.”

The logo in the upper left corner of the postcard indicates that this is a Litho-Chrome image and that the card was produced in Germany.  Litho-Chrome is a trade name for a type of German made postcard distributed by the American News Company that was printed as a blue collotype (a photomechanical process) over yellow and red lithographic spatter. Individual colors are sharp and tend to stand out, especially the blue as it is used instead of black.

The contents of this blog may not be reproduced without permission from the author, Mary Staub for Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hanover, PA.  You may contact me at volunteer@mtolivetcemeteryassociation.org.





Who do you remember?

Meet George H. Wildasin (lower left).  He was my grandfather’s brother and served during World War II and buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Growing up I heard his name mentioned, and that is all I remember.  Now I wish I knew more about his life.  As a family genealogist, I am finding out bits and pieces, about his young wife who was burned to death following a seizure.

To the right of George is a very old grave marker for Henry Sherman, veteran of the War of 1812.  I stumbled across his stone one day walking through Mount Olivet Cemetery.  I went home to research his name, and learned that Henry was an uncle to George’s mother, Amelia Sherman-Wildasin.  I also learned that Henry’s father was Conrad Sherman, who was a General during the American Revolutionary War. Conrad is buried at Sherman’s Church.

Veteran of World War II
George H. Wildasin, World War II
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Henry Sherman, War of 1812

I ask all of you, who do you know at Mount Olivet Cemetery?  You might be surprised!

Life Reinvented for ‘Iron Dog’, aka ‘Iron Mike’

Congratulations to the Hanover News Agency as Hanover’s Iron Mike Business of the Month!

Photo taken by Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
Photo taken by Craig Swain, June 28, 2008

I am sure that George Washington Welsh didn’t quite have this in mind when he had Iron Mike created, but it is nice to know that the ole’ dog still serves a purpose to all of Hanover.

George Washington Welsh was born in Hanover on February 22, 1826 to Benjamin and Elizabeth (Myers) Welsh, and named appropriately for our country’s first president, George Washington. (Welsh family genealogy. York County Heritage Trust)  George served his country during the Civil War between April 25, 1861 and July 25, 1861 as a Private with Company G, 16th Regiment.  (Pennsylvania Veterans’ Burial Card, 1777-1999. Ancestry.com) During George’s lifetime, both the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Federal Census reports show his occupation as a life insurance agent and merchant. He married twice, first to Maria McSherry, who died in 1878, and then to Emma Ellen LeFevre in 1880, just four days before he himself died.

The Iron Dog, created by a York Foundry, resided on George’s front lawn at 19 Baltimore Street in Hanover, until George’s death on July 5, 1880. The Iron Dog was relocated to the Welsh family plot at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  The horses that pulled the hearses into the cemetery became spooked by the Iron Dog, causing another move for the Iron Dog.  Later, and with an agreement between the cemetery and the Hanover Borough, the Iron Dog became a fixture on the circle of downtown Hanover.  However, the Iron Dog dodged yet two close calls.

In the Hanover Evening Sun newspaper article written December 6, 1991, the Hanover Historical Society mentioned that in 1912 a group of rowdy West Virginian National Guardsmen came from Gettysburg to Hanover, and tried to carry off the Iron Dog.  The second incident occurred during World War II when metal objects were being melted down for the war effort.  Through public outcry, the Iron Dog was spared.

For an old dog, the Iron Dog (aka Iron Mike, as it is affectionately referred to) sure got around during its lifetime.

As I searched the Internet for a photo to add to this post, I came across this bit of information about the term, Iron Mike.  Could this be a possible explanation for the name, Iron Mike?  I would love to know.

“Iron Mike is the de facto name of various monuments commemorating servicemen of the United States military. The term “Iron Mike” is uniquely American slang used to refer to men who are especially tough, brave, and inspiring; it was originally a nautical term for a gyrocompass, used to keep a ship on an unwavering course.[1][2][3] Because the use of the slang term was popular in the first half of the 20th century, many statues from that period acquired the Iron Mike nickname, and over the generations the artists’ titles were largely forgotten. Even official military publications and classroom texts tend to prefer the nickname to the original titles.” To read more, click here.