A friend and I decided to drive to Greenlawn today to take pictures of the infamous 1929 married-father-veterinarian-killer of his lover, James Howard Snook. Dr. Snook is the inventor of the snook hook, a tool used in spay operations to this day. Having done a little research, we thought we were quite sneaky when we stopped at Green Lawn’s office to ask the whereabouts of the grave of “James Howard” only to be told “That’s not his real name.” Yes, we know. His name is actually Snook, but the grave is marked by his first and middle names only, such was the scandal. (As one source put it, Dr. Snook “rode the rail” after his 1930 conviction.) The woman in charge, someone I’ve dealt with before who is a very helpful, friendly person said, “We are not allowed to divulge this information.” When we mentioned the section and number of the grave, the other person in the office said, “They already know!”
We were also looking for the final resting place of James Thurber, so we were given a map of the grounds. Since Green Lawn encompasses over 300 acres, a map is necessary.
We searched and searched for the monument of “James Howard” and even for one for his wife, Helen Snook, but we were not able to find it. Better luck next time!
I plan to visit the Columbus Metropolitan Library (someday) and read microfilm newspaper accounts, but for now, here are some informative articles about Dr. Snook.
On to Section E-4, to find James Thurber (I started to say “to dig up Mr. Thurber” but thought better of it). Again, although we did a thorough search, we had no luck. However, I’ve seen pictures of both tombstones-in-hiding, and they were small and flat to the ground.
While driving around, we saw this monument:
I was absolutely sure that we could locate a stone memorializing Little Georgie, young George A. Blount, who died from a fall at a hotel his father owned, and – guess what? We did! I’ve seen buckeyes, and OSU scarves and hats adorning his stone. There were downed trees around the grave, with huge limbs that missed Little Georgie by a few feet.
Here is a newspaper article describing Little Georgie’s accident:
My great-grandparents, Daniel and Marguerite Healy, and their grandchildren, Leola and Eddie Steele, are the only relatives of mine that I know of who are interred at Green Lawn. Although I had visited their site several times before, I was not able to locate it today. Here is a picture from a previous visit. Twice I have found plastic flowers at the stone, but I don’t know of anyone who would have left them. Perhaps the caretakers put them there after wind blew them around. This stone is close to a road. My brother and I would like to meet any Healy descendants, so if you know anything about Daniel and Marguerite Healy (both born in Ireland), please contact me.
P.S. I later found out that my mother’s cousin, Maude Boystel, her husband Alvie and daughter are buried in another section of Green Lawn.