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Curtis Memorial Gardens
 Vandalism Update
Curtis Memorial Gardens is a small private cemetery belonging to the family of Charles Curtis, Vice-President of the U.S.A. from 1929-1933 with Herbert Hoover as President.
        Although Charles Curtis is buried in the Topeka Cemetery, Section 80, his father Orren, paternal grandparents, William and Permelia Hubbard Curtis and other family members are buried in this family burial plot.
        It is located in Topeka, Kansas in the section North of the river (North Topeka) and west of Topeka Boulevard,  once known as the Shorey district.  On the West side of Topeka Boulevard, find the street Paramore (runs East & West), turn West, travel one block to Harrison, turn North.  The street will dead-end, but with an entrance to the Curtis Memorial Gardens.   A brick and concrete entry holds a sign reading: CURTIS MEMORIAL GARDENS, (this was removed by Topeka Parks).
        There has been some interest in making an attempt to preserve the area as a historical site because of the relation-ship to the only former Vice-President to have come from Kansas. 
        During the summer of 2008; the gardens have been the victim of multiple vandalism's and destruction of tombstones.

                      NAME                                           BORN                                    DIED

Brown, Sarah E.                                   1837                                    1931  (aunt)


Curtis, Helen Pappan     (a memorial stone - actual gravesite is unknown) (mother)


Curtis, Ira                                 June 2, 1849                  January 5, 1873  (uncle)


Curtis, Capt. Oren Arms             June 23, 1829                 March 28, 1898     (father)
         Co. F. 15th Kans. Cav (CivilWar Veteran)


Curtis, Permelia                                   1810                                    1903   (grandmother)


Curtis, Wm.                   December 22, 1800                    March 1, 1873  (grandfather)


Smith, Holly                                                                                                (1st cousin)


Smith, Jane Curtis                                                                                     (aunt)


Smith, Oliver A.                                  1838                                    1934   (uncle by marriage)


Wise, And'w                                        1830                                    1895   (uncle by marriage)
         Co. 1, 11th Ind. Inf. (Civil War Veteran)


Wise, Charles C.                                 1880                                    1914  (1st cousin)


Wise, Elizabeth                                    1872                                    1907  (1st cousin)


Wise, Eunice                                        1835                                               (aunt)


Though only these graves have tombstones, there are many, many unmarked graves.
The cemetery itself can be dated back as far back as 1855 as it is shown on a Territorial Map of Kansas/Nebraska Territory.

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Politics  and Beliefs of Charles Curtis

Legacy   left by Charles Curtis

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Charles Curtis home in Topeka, Kansas

Signature Bldg.  New Kansas State Office Building named for Charles Curtis

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