Working on the Poor-Farm Cemetery

I have just started working on research of the knoll at the Monroe County Community College. Known The Potter’s Cemetery, The Poor-Farm Cemetery and The County Cemetery just to name a few names it is know by.

I have a list of names with dates of the nearly 200 graves in the cemetery. What I am working on is locating the graves and if possible, put the name with the right grave. 

I realize that this is going take quite a while to do, if possible, But I don’t have or had any research going on for quite a while so at least I got something else to keep me a little more busy. 

I would like to ask if any decedent’s that read this, please submit any information that you have of where your ancestor is buried in the cemetery. Location, pictures, obituaries and any other information that you might think would be helpful. Thank you in advance. 

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Looking for Local Ghost Stories

Hello Everybody.

I’m back. Well at least in some sort. I was asked not too long ago if I would be interested in telling local ghost stories from Monroe County. This was after I told stories at the River Raisin Battlefield this past year.

I have quite a few stories to share and I’m always looking for more. I’m looking for stories of experiences in homes and local businesses and places around Monroe County. If by chance you have a name that is haunting the location, I would like to use that name. Who knows? Maybe someone listening can add more to the story.

You are also welcome to tell me your story/experiences with me and others who are nearby. Perhaps you may find a connection?

I will be at the Founders Day on May 7th at the Sawyer Homestead. You can submit your stories either in the comments or send to me at

Thank you and hope to see you there. Not just for the ghost stories but for the other activities and presenters.


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It Was Fun While It Lasted

After I’ve been going through a long dry spell and nothing has been brought to my attention. I have decided that I would no longer look for local lost and forgotten history.

Now just because I won’t be posting any more, at least I don’t think so. That doesn’t mean I’m not stopping in helping other historical research or paranormal groups in their investigations. I will also answer any comments and emails I receive in regards to readers research or questions about the Posts and Pages that I have.

I am also leaving the site up and running. I found over the years, quite a bit of visitors actually like this blog and what I was looking for.

Monroe County still has a lot of lost and forgotten history waiting to be uncovered. It is my hope that some readers still look or may take an interest.

I would like to thank you the readers and those of you who sent emails, commented, contributed information in the comments.

I wish I could had done more but in quite a few instances, I was blocked in information and research in some areas that I was interested in however; due to access to property and other more established local historians, and some I wasn’t in “Their Group”, I was told no. Also, in some areas, I had my research that I shared with some people I thought would like the information… shared the information with some established local historians or more and next thing I find out, other people and writings in the local newspaper are taking credit for my findings.

I’m just waiting for the day I get called about doing some research for one of these people.

But until then, it was fun while it lasted.

Thank you all again.


Jesse Mayo

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Looking for 1920’s Period Suit

It’s no secret that I like looking for local lost and forgotten history. Sometimes though history throws an unexpected turn or two that gets people thinking another way.

For example; I found out some years ago that I am a descendent of Ezra Meeker. Founder of Pullyaup, WA. Mostly remembered for his work in preserving the “Old Oregon Trail” because it was starting to get buried when cities and towns started growing.

As much as I thought it would be kind of interesting in portraying an ancestor, he really don’t have anything to do that is connected to Monroe County. As mentioned in previous posts and pages, I’ve done research on Custer’s horse Dandy that is buried at the old Custer farm on N.

Custer. As much as I read about the horse, I found him kind of interesting of what he did. Well, as told in books by Elizabeth Custer and other authors.

I found one book that spoke about the Custer’s; they’re horses and the life up to the Little Bighorn. The book is titled “Old Neutriment: Memories of the Custer” by Glendolin Damon Wagner. It is an account as taken by I.D. O’Donnell from the Custer’s Striker John Burkman.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the book and saw the first picture of John Burkman. So I took a picture of the same expression and made it black and white for a side-by-side comparison.

Freaky huh?

Burkman & Me

Right down to the crease/scar between the eyes. I spoke to several local historians as well as the local Custer historian and re-enactor and I’ve been trying to find period clothing that Burkman would have worn.

Since he died in 1925, I’m looking for a suit of that time but no later. Since he’s mostly was photographed in suits. I’ve been going to the local resale shops around looking for something in my size or at least larger and I can have it altered to fit me. I started looking in the later part of 2014 and all this year. I went to a presentation at the local library and spoke with people from Montana, the Little Bighorn Association and Custer enthusiasts and put the word out of what I’m trying to do.

This is my final chance and I’m hoping to be a part of the 2016 Anniversary of the Little Bighorn this it will be its 140th.

So if anyone knows of a place or person that can make a suit. Please email me at and please share this post.

I’m looking at least a 54 or larger jacket.

46 to 50 inch waist pants and a minimum of 30 inches in length.

54 or larger matching vest. Color doesn’t matter. Most I’ve seen is Black, Brown or Grey.

I have black button suspenders.

Thank you.





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Still Around


I just thought I would stop by and let you know that I’m still around. I’m not out active as much anymore but I still enjoy looking for thing’s on my own.

I do on occasion get asked to do some research for a paranormal group in the area at times. Quite a few established local historians have they’re own projects and agendas and don’t want no help from anybody. Which I can understand… On several occasions I have found something just to have another more “Established” local historian take the credit for the research findings.

I’m still hoping someone will take interest in excavating the site of Custer’s horse Dandy. I sent out some inquiries but no one really has taken an interest. I still have all my evidence, I should say, documented evidence to support the burial location.

I’ve also been working on portraying John Burkman in his later years. He was Custer’s striker up until the Little Big Horn. It seems me and Burkman share a strong resemblance and I’ve been looking for some period clothing from the 1925. – If anyone can help me on that, please let me know.

But I’m still around if anyone needs any help in researching. Historical or paranormal. I just ask for to give credit where credit is due.

Thank you all that stops in and reads what I have and likes the other forgotten and lost history of Monroe County Michigan.

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Karl Zeisler Manuscript New Home

The pages of Karl Zeisler typed manuscript of “The Child’s Story of Monroe” that I found and purchased at an estate sale this past December is now in possession of Chris Kull, the archivist at the Monroe County Historical Museum.

By looking at the paper, it was determined that it was an original from Karl Zeisler. Since it appears that the paper used was paper made into letter size from news print paper.

Also, from where I got it from and the name attached, it was likely given to the family from Mr. Zeisler. That is just a theory since it is not known, and probably won’t be known.

Some research stated that Mr. Zeisler worked for the now Monroe News and was one of the founding members of the Monroe County Historical Society.

I don’t know if it will be put into storage or put on display any time soon.

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It Was a Good Run

Well reader’s, it seems that my field days of looking for Monroe County’s Lost & Forgotten History may have became no more or very very limited.

Long story short… My mobility isn’t what it used to be so I some of the places I had planned… Well it looks like someone else will have to get the idea and do it.

I still plan to do inside research like reading through Monroe history books, pictures and other documents. Who knows? Maybe I can get job at the River Raisin Battlefield National Park as a Researcher or maybe as a Researcher with some local historical group. I’m keeping a positive attitude and an open mind about it.

So my posts may be far and few between but when I do get something, I plan on posting what is going on.

I do have some unfinished business to attend to. The Karl Zeizler manuscript I mentioned in a previous post. I’m still working on finding a home for them. So as soon as I get them to where they’ll be… I’ll post an update.

Thank you all who have kept reading this blog and those who just stop by on occasion just to see what this blog is about.

Especially to those who expressed and shared interest in the local Lost & Forgotten History.

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WordPress 2014 in Review

This is the Review of this blog for 2014. I would like to take this time and say Thank You! to all that read, commented, followed and shared this blog. It is nice to know that there are people that like and appreciate what I do in uncovering Monroe County’s Lost & Forgotten History. Thank you again and I hope for a Safe and Happy New Year to you all.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Karl Zeisler Manuscript Found

The Child's Story of Monroe

(Picture lightened to show detail. Click on Picture for larger view)

I recently went to an estate sale and while I was going through some old papers, a bundle of faded, typed and stapled together that caught my eye. Now when I go to sales of any kind, I’m always on the lookout for something of Monroe. This time, I surprised myself. The title is “The Child’s Story of Monroe” and on the back it is said to have been written by Karl F. Zeisler and printed in “The Observer”, I don’t know if that was an older version of the now Monroe News. By some research, it seems that Mr. Zeisler worked at the local newspaper at one time and was very active with Monroe’s history as well as with the Monroe County Historical Society.

This is not a copy. This is an original typed manuscript. It is not known it is the final draft however; I do suspect that it is since I found that it is on file on microfiche in a library at Lansing. I really can’t find anything to pin-point any exact date. I’ve been finding anywhere between 1903 to 1972/73.

I am planning and soon will be turning over this manuscript to Chris Kull, the archivist at the Monroe County Historical Museum.

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Possible Masonic & K.G.C. Influence on Building Monroe County, MI

I was doing research  at one time looking at the Monroe area using Google Earth and I some certain road patterns caught my attention. They are in downtown Monroe, Bolles Harbor, and Detroit Beach just to name a few within the County.

Triangles… Some of them are just obvious and seem to be out of place but somehow fit into where they are.

Maybe it’s nothing at all… Maybe it just the way the roads worked out when there wasn’t a lot around. Use of old Indian Trails or the old, the shortest distance to anywhere is a straight line.

Maybe the triangles throughout the County are Masonic? Which would seem make sense since the Masonic order is believed to been started in Michigan sometime in 1764 or later. The area was still young and people moving into the area did bring their beliefs and customs with them.

It is said that early French settlers that came to the area were also Masons and they may have possibly used Masonic Geometry to layout the town. It is plausible.

Another thought also is that it is said that the then President, James Madison was a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle (K.G.C.). It is also said that the first governor of the Michigan Territory, Lewis Cass was also a member of the K.G.C.

Could it have been an attempt to broaden the territory of the K.G.C. or was it more of a peroration for “things to come”? The known territory of the K.G.C. and the legend of buried treasure has been reported and some people have found treasure by researching the markings found on trees, rocks and other landscape features.

Who knows? Maybe there is some K.G.C. treasure buried somewhere in the County? That would be an interesting find to uncover.

This is just some thoughts and theory on my part. It was just an observation on my part about noticing the triangles in the roadways throughout the County. Maybe it’s just something to think about that maybe I might be on to something… Then again, it could just be a coincidence.

There are some railroads that cross each other throughout the County in and around towns. Is there a reason that they cross where they do? Probably but then again, why cross the way they do in towns? Again probably nothing and that’s the way it just worked out. As I mentioned before”the shortest distance to anywhere is a straight line”.

The screenshots below I posted is for guidance, to find and see the triangular shapes or closest triangles as possible. The screenshots are the more larger ones that are more obvious. Looking closer at some towns some may find smaller triangle shapes and in some looking, find some unusual shapes that are interesting.

One area I just thought of as I’m writhing this is North of Monroe where Telegraph Rd. and Monroe St. (M-125) join.

Click on picture for larger view.

Bolles Harbor Detroit Estral Beach Area Dundee MI Erie MI Lasalle MI Luna Pier Milan MI Monroe MI South Monroe

 LaPlaisance Rd. (originally called La Plaisance Bay Rd.) the forming of the triangle lower left was originally a horse-drawn rail like from the old warehouse area at Bolles Harbor. Notice that is part of a larger triangle shape.

Stoney Point Telegraph Rd. Split

 This area of Telegraph Rd. made me wonder why is it divided in this certain area.

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