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The history behind Spring Grove Cemetery

CINCINNATI (Sheila Gray) -- It has a sphinx, a pyramid, championship trees and some of Cincinnati's most famous names.

You can learn many of the legends of Spring Grove Cemetery in a new book.  Some of the most famous people in Cincinnati, heck maybe in the world, are buried here in Spring Grove Cemetery.  You wouldn't be able to experience all of their fascinating stories with a little bit of help.

In the Grove, there's over 220,000 because everybody has a story.  Spring Grove Historian, Phil Nuxhall, researched more than a thousand of them.

Phil told Local 12 News' Sheila Gray, "This time I wanted to focus on people, their stories, and their lives."
Nuxhall just released a new book called "Stories In The Grove."

"Bob Braun is here.  I've got a fun story about when I was on bandstand when I was a teenager.  The 'cool ghoul' is here!  Remember him?"
The first female band conductor is buried in Spring Grove, Helen May Butler Young.  She went on to much fame, so much so that they referred to her as the "female sousa."  Some of the names you might not recognize.

Nuxhall is a household name in Cincinnati.  Phil made a name for himself as Spring Grove's historian and chief preservationist.  His first book, "Beauty in the Grove" detailed the landmark cemetery's architecture, art, and landscape.   

"Adolf Strauch was the master landscaper.  He's the person who got rid of all the fencing, all the clutter," said Phil.

One of the most famous stories in the Grove is about a legend who left.  He was a visitor, George Reeves, who played Superman on TV.  Reeves' mother sent his remains to Spring Grove because her parents are there.  But the plot's not big enough for the mausoleum she wanted so she decided to have him cremated.  He was cremated in the Hillside Chapel in Cincinnati and his remains were sent back to Hollywood.

Phil Nuxhall will sign copies of "Stories in the Grove" on Sunday, May 25th from noon till 3p.m. in the normal chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery.

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