Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #8

Widow Mary Turnbull let out rooms in her home in 1880. One of her boarders would write in his will that he wanted to be buried "without any monkey business."

What was this boarder's name, and what was written on his tombstone?

Andy E. Wold

Arthur J. Haine, was enumerated in the 1880 US Census as a boarder in the home of Mary Turnbull in Vancouver, WA. Coincidentally, he was employed as a census enumerator.

According to a story in The Columbian newspaper (http://www.columbian.com/news/strange/quirky/absurd.cfm), he was an athiest, and wished to be buried "without any monkey business."

This tombstone reads "Haine Haint". He also asked "I wish to be hauled to my grave by a team of matched white horses. I wish them to be directed at a smart pace. I wish to have a band follow, running if they must, and playing lively tunes." -- which his mortician followed the directions, at the cost of his business.

Drew Smith

Arthur J. Haine, whose tombstone reads "Haine Haint". You can read more of Haine here:



The boarder's name was Arthur J. Haine. He was not only a Belgian immigrant, but also enumerated the census that year! [See 1880 Census for district 3, Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, page 58c.]

The two-word inscription on his tombstone at the Old City Cemetery reads "Haine Haint!" [See Brett Oppegaard's article on the subject at http://www.columbian.com/news/strange/quirky/absurd.cfm.]


Yes, it was Vancouver's Arthur J. Haine—a man who was proud to have "lived an infidel."

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