You just never know who you're looking at...
Please bear with me here since the photo is so poor, he turned out to be a very interesting man. We were recently passing thru Quartzsite, Arizona for about the 18 millionth time when we decided to stop at the local cemetery and see the famous Hi Jolly monument. We were wandering around looking at old markers and this one caught my eye only because he was a veteran of the Spanish American War and I have seen very few of those. I decided to do some research on him and it got quite interesting. It turns out that his full name is George Washington Conner and he was born 22 Nov 1880 in Streator, La Salle County, Illinois while his father was serving in the Army. His father was William Lipkey Conner (1843-1936) who fought on the Union side in the Civil War and once served under General George Armstrong Custer. George (our subject here) and 2 of his brothers, Pierce M. Conner, and William H. Conner all served in the Spanish American War.
George married Hazel V. Powell who was born in 1899 in Cripple Creek, Teller County, Colorado.
George was known as Buck and his occupation was... an actor for Universal Studios which found him in the following movies (plus some others)...
* The Phantom Riders (1918)
* The Black Horse Bandit (1919)
* The $1,000,000 Reward (1920)
* Action (1921)
* In the Days of Buffalo Bill (1922)
* The Social Buccaneer (1923)
* The Radio Detective (1926)
* Hell's Heroes (1930 in film)
I even found his obituary online...
MRS. E. M. KUEHN
Funeral services were held in St. George Protestant Episcopal church here Friday morning, Feb. 7 , for George Washington (Buck) Conner, who died of a heart attack in Yuma Feb. 4. The Rev. Bancroft P. Smith, Vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal church, Yuma , officiated.
Mr. Conner was born in Streater, Ill., Nov 22, 1880, the son of Mr and Mrs. William Conner, both of whom died several years ago. He was reared in West Virginia, but left home at an early age to come West. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and chaplain of several veteran organizations in Hollywood, Calif., as well as having taken part in many pictures at Universal Studios.
He and his family have lived in Quartzsite the greater part of 23 years and have a home here on Conner Field, the airport which was named of him. He and his wife presented the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona with approximately two acres of land on the Highway 60 here, together with a small adobe building. It is on this site that St. George P. E. church was built 12 years ago using fund from the revolving gift fund of the Episcopal church. The church is named for the first born son of Mr. and Mrs. Conner, who preceded his father in death.
Through the courtesy of Sheriff J. A. Bear, a bugler and firing squad were brought from the Imperial Dam Army Test Branch at Laguna, Ariz., to pay last honors to a comrade.
Mr. Conner is Survived by his wife, Hazel V., a son, , a nephew, , several brothers and their children in West Virginia and Illinois. Accompanying Mrs. Conner and her son from Los Angeles, were her brother and his wife Mr. and Mrs. Ray Garrison; and also Mrs. Conner's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Metzger from Ontario, Calf. The home here is closed at present.
This was an eye opener for me as you just never know who you'll find along the way. It changed from just a stone marker barely worthy of a casual glance into a living breathing larger than life person. This is why I like to stop and smell the roses once in a while.