Monday, August 11, 2008

A Monument for Katie

George's mother died on this day 96 years ago. Up until this year the mother of the world's most famous athlete rested in an unmarked grave.

Paul Harris, a semi-retired lawyer, has written a book, "Babe Ruth: The Dark Side." In researching his book, Harris went to the Holy Redeemer Cemetery and found where Catherine Ruth was buried. Through his efforts, funds were raised to purchase a monument. The story is told in a February 06, 2008 Baltimore Sun article by Rick Maese. The Babe Ruth museum is hosting the article and it may be viewed at the following link: "A Buried Past"

We can verify the date from the article by looking up the death record index at the Maryland Archives. Click on the following link: MDArchivesDeaths When the page opens, click on "MSA CE 42" and then select 1912 and the letter "R". On page 6 is RUTH, Catherine, Aug 11, 1912 Certificate # C 56,468. At the top of the page is a link to order a copy for $12.00.

Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery is in Northeast Baltimore City at 4430 Belair Road. The entrance is on the north side at Moravia Road. A map of the area may be viewed at the following link: MostHolyRedeemerMap

The article says that she is buried in Lot No. 126, section G. A copy of this cemetery's layout shows that section G is broken into G-1 and G-2. We visited the cemetery last Saturday under a cloud-streaked sky. Catherine is resting in the southeast corner of section G-2.

Thank you Paul Harris.

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"A Buried Past"



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