Dave's Cemetery Photo Collection

Company Founders

Graves of People Famous for the Companies that Still Bear their Name
(People with companies named after them, regardless of their relationship to the current firm).

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Founder

Burial Site

Claim to Fame

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www.findagrave.com

Col Harland Sanders

Louisville, KY

KFC Founder

Jan-02

Link to Find-a-Grave

Louis & Arthur Chevrolet

Indianapolis, IN

Auto Pioneers

Sep-01

Link to Find-a-Grave

James A Allison

Indianapolis, IN

Auto Pioneer

Sep-01

Link to Find-a-Grave

Eli Lilly

Indianapolois, IN

Pharmaceuticals

Sep-01

Link to Find-a-Grave

Eastman

Rochester, NY

Camera Maker

Aug-01

Link to Find-a-Grave

Bausch & Lomb

Rochester, NY

Optical Pioneers

Aug-01

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Gannett

Rochester, NY

Newspaper Founder

Aug-01

Link to Find-a-Grave

H.J. Heinze

Pittsburgh, PA

Ketchup  

Jul-01

Link to Find-a-Grave

Levi Strauss

Colma (SF), CA

Blue Jeans

Sep-00

Link to Find-a-Grave

Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst

Milwaukee, WI

Beer Barons

Aug-00

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Kroger

Cincinnati, OH

Grocer

Jun-00

Link to Find-a-Grave

Proctor & Gamble

Cincinnati, OH

Soap Maker

Jun-00

Link to Find-a-Grave

Milton Bradley

Springfield, MA

Game Maker

May-00

Link to Find-a-Grave

Henry Ford

Detroit, MI

Auto Pioneer

May-98

Link to Find-a-Grave: Henry Ford

May-98

Henry Ford

Link to Find-a-Grave: Henry Ford

Dearborn Michigan, the hometown of Dave, Lyn, Jesse and Henry Ford. The founder of the famous motorcar company, perfected the assembly line, created the "Five Dollar Day", and was at one point the world's richest man.

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Gravesite of Henry and Clara Ford

May-00

Milton Bradley

Link to Find-a-Grave

Milton Bradley, division of HasbroSpringfield, Mass is the final resting place of the man that over a century ago founded the company (now a division of Hasbro) that produced the games that made his name synonymous with family fun.

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Sep-00

Link to Find-a-Grave

Levi Strauss

Colma, CA, the famous "City of the Dead" on the  San Francisco peninsula includes all the graves relocated from city cemetaries and the earthly remains of the man whose name has come to mean tough denim clothing.

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Dave at Levi Strauss grave, Colma CA

Jesse at Levi Strauss grave, Colma CA

Spic and Span

Link to Find-a-Grave

Jun-00

Proctor & Gamble

Link to Find-a-Grave

Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinati contains the family graves for the two men that started a modest soap and candle company that eventualy grew to an international conglomerate of quality household consumer goods.The company neary invented many techniques to study and exploit Proctor and Gambleaspects of consumer behavior.

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Kroger

Link to Find-a-Grave

Spring Grove also contains the grave of the founder of a small regional grocery chain that is now a national presence through the purchase of such other chains as Ralph's, King Soopers, Fred Meyers, Smith's and Fry's.

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H. J. Heinz

Link to Find-a-Grave

Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh has the grave the man famous for 57 varieties of ketchup. This multi-billion dollar world-wide corporation once employed as spokesanimals both Morris the Cat (9-Lives) and Charlie the Tuna (Star-Kist). The Heinz family foundation underwrites many local public arts projects. Buried nearby is his grandson H J Heinz III, the Senator from Pennsylvania that died in a plane crash in 1991.

Aug-00

Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst

Link to Find-a-Grave

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Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee contains the famiy graves of men whose small family breweries grew to national prominence. While their companies have recently faded due to industry consolidations and microbrews, their names still mean beer. The cemetery provides a map and refers to them collectively as "the beer barons" and provided me small informational postcards about them.

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George Eastman

Link to Find-a-Grave

Buried on the property of the Kodak campus in Rochester, NY. How old do you have to be to have Eastman-Kodak roll off your tongue.

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Optical Pioneers

Link to Find-a-Grave

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Baush & Lomb

Link to Find-a-Grave

On my visit to Rochester, I visited the family plot for the founders of the optics company.

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Eli Lilly

Link to Find-a-Grave

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Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN

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Gannett

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Jan-02

Col Sanders

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Original Web Upload November 2001
Last Update: May 2, 2008