In addition to some of the notable local people featured in the prior pages, Lake View is also the final resting place of several other famous and interesting people.  Some of those include, in no particular order of importance, the following:

This large obelisk marks the grave of John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) the famous industrialist and philanthropist who started Standard Oil Company.  His generosity also helped establish Rockefeller Park.

A cemetery tradition, visitors will lay coins on the base of his marker, a tongue-in-cheek gesture based upon his habit of passing out pocket change to children he met.

Not surprisingly, it is the tallest marker at the cemetery.


Monument to Charles F. Brush (1849-1829), inventor and founder of Brush Electric Company, which later merged with General Electric.  His most notable invention is the arc light.

The inscription at the base of the columns reads:

“death is but the portal to eternal life”


Ernest R. Ball (1878-1927), who wrote the songs "When Irish Eyes are Smiling," "A Little Bit of Heaven," "Dear Little Boy of Mine," "Mother Machree," and "Let the Rest of the World Go By."

He died of a heart attack while on tour.


Memorial to "Untouchable" Eliot Ness (1903-1957). In addition to implementing a major crime sweep during his tenure as Cleveland's Safety Director, Ness headed the investigation of the Mad Butcher/Torso Killer of  Kingsbury Run.

 Ness, his third wife, Elisabeth, and adopted son, Robert (who are also noted on the inscription), were all cremated after their respective deaths.  Their collective ashes were scattered across the lagoon behind Wade Chapel during a private cemetery in 1997.



Size isn't everything.  This modest gravesite is that of inventor and businessman Garrett A. Morgan, Sr. (1877-1963), son of a former slave who later became one of Cleveland's most important figures.  He invented a gas mask that was later used by rescue divers in the Cleveland Waterworks explosion.  He was also the inventor of the three-light traffic signal.  An active member of the black community, he also established a professional association as well as a black country club.  His inscription reads: "By his deeds he shall be remembered."



Actress Gloria Pressman (1923-1994).  One of the "Little Rascals" actors, she played the freckled-faced girl with the page-boy haircut.  She also appeared in "The Jazz Singer."

To find out where the rest of "Our Gang" are buried, check out  Find-A-Grave's Little Rascals Posthumous Reunion.


Carl B. Stokes (1927-1996).  One of the most important civil rights activists and black leaders in the U.S., Carl Stokes was the first elected black mayor of a major U.S. city.  He also served as a municipal judge and Ohio state representative (as Ohio's first black democrat elected to the legislature).  He died of cancer.

His inscription reads: "He fought, never gave up, may not have won, but fought a good fight."


Ornate tombstone for Francis K. Glidden (1855-1933).  He founded the paint company that carries his namesake.


Cleveland Indians shortstop Raymond J. Chapman (1891-1920) has the distinction of being the first major league ball player to be killed during a game.  He died as a result of a baseball hit to the head.

Fans still leave baseball souvenirs at his gravesite


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