The Pioneers' Cemetery Association will soon be presenting their annual fund raiser “Dining Among the Dead on October 12, 2013. One of the highlights of the evening is the eerie tour of the cemetery grounds shortly after dusk. Glowing luminaries will light the pathways as long forgotten Phoenix pioneers awaken from their eternal slumber and tell the stories of their lives.
One of the grave sites the guests will be visiting is Frank W. Smith. Frank was born in the fine state of Kentucky in the year 1863. He was a water tender of the Arizona Canal System near the Grand Canal. He had a dairy farm about 4 miles from the Phoenix insane asylum. Smith was married and the father of small children.
One evening Frank Smith conducted a land sale with a neighbor and left his payment, a bag of gold nuggets, on the kitchen table in full view of an open window and unlocked door. Home invaders broke into the Smith home, there was a scuffle, and shots were fired--killing the young father as he defended his family.
Frank W Smith died in February of 1895 of a bullet wound to the chest. He had one of the longest funeral processions to Porter Cemetery in that time period. He was only 31 years old.
Meet Frank W. Smith and several more of the Phoenix Pioneers on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park Cemetery during "Dining Among the Dead"--a fund raiser to help preserve the old tombstones that dot the old graveyard. Tickets are $45.00 each. The event includes a sit down catered dinner, one raffle ticket, a play by Wyatt Earp, and a guide tour through the lighted paths of the old cemetery. Reservations only!
Dress up for this event! Old West, Steampunk, Victorian, Edwardian dress is encouraged!
Contact Debe Branning at: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets and for more information!
Pioneer & Military Memorial Park (Cemetery)
14th Avenue and Jefferson Streets, Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Haunted Sites Examiner: Debe Branning nazanaza @aol.com