This is the story of the forgotten ones: People who were buried in the cemetery in Park City who, for a variety of reasons, were soon forgotten after burial.Gary Kimball, Introduction
Death and Dying in Old Park City is a compilation of those buried in Park City Cemetery, located on the North side of Kearns Boulevard. Inspiration for this book came as he realized there was no official records of their deaths and/or locations of their graves. For 18 months, Gary Kimball studied the Park City Cemetery Register and Park Record microfilm.
Each passage contains the buried individuals name, maiden last name, birth and death dates, short description about that person and their death, and source where the information originated from. Each passage contains a different degree of this information depending on what was reported on and found by Mr. Kimball.
Passage from the Pages
To get a feel for this book, here is one of the 1,013 passages from the book:
241-Gerald Durkin “The sad intelligence was received here Thursday that Gerald Durkin, a well known miner, formerly a resident of Park City, had been killed while at work in the Badger mine, at Butte, Montana. A bucket fell on the unfortunate man, killing him instantly… The remains will reach Park City this afternoon, accompanied by Mrs. Eva Tallon and Miss Olive Durkin, sister of the deceased., and the funeral will take place tomorrow from the Catholic church.” (Park Record, April 23, 1910) “He was a member in good standing of the Knights of the Maccabees, in which he carried an insurance policy for $2000 – in favor of his four surviving sisters.” (Park Record, April 30, 1910)
About the Author
Mr. Kimball, who passed in 2018, was a Park City local who loved his town and history – and wrote about it. His books brought new insights into the Park City experience. His first memories of Park City were of a thriving camp.
A Special Thanks
In the acknowledgements, Gary Kimball includes this… “I would also like to thank the Park City Municipal Library, particularly, Juli Bertagnole whose smile and demeanor were a source of encouragement.” If you know the now retired librarian, she is a champion of anyone who has a passion and is working on it! When Gary was working on his project, Juli taught Gary how to use the microfilm machine to view the old Park Record issues.
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The Park City Room
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