Friday, October 30, 2009

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lilly E. Gray


Handily one of the most enigmatic of all burials in the Salt Lake City Cemetery is that of Lilly Gray.  Amid all of the burials reads one stone:

Lilly E. Gray
June 6, 1881-Nov. 14, 1958
Victim of the Beast 666

Naturally, this has made Lilly and her gravesite a favorite among any student of the cemetery as well as afficianados of the mysterious and paranormal.

Why does Mrs. Gray's stone read the way it does?  Was she a victim? or a prankster?  And what is the significance of the June 6th (6/6) date? Speculation has run rampant.  Typical of the discussion is

Those wishing to pay your respects to Lilly may do so in plot X-1 of the cemetery.

Those of you who want the most likely answer for the sinister inscription are wise to read Richelle Hawks research:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

William Spry

1864 - 1929

William Spry was a successful two-term Govenor of the State of Utah from 1908 through 1915. Of his major achievements, his authorization to build the State Capitol Building is the most lasting. His moderate views on Prohibition are quickly forgotten.

Before running on the Republican ticket for Govenor, Spry served in civic capicaties as a tax collector, State Senator and US Marshall. Spry also held callings in the LDS Church, serving as missionary and later Mission President of the Southern States mission.

Spry was born in Windsor, England and grew up there before moving with his family to Utah Territory in 1875 after his family converted to the LDS faith.

Spry died in Washington DC of a stroke while he was serving as a commissioner in the U.S. General Land Office.

Read more about the life and leadership of William Spry here.