Unsolved mystery : Who was first?

One glaring contradiction in the early articles about Riverside Cemetery involved the reports concerning the site’s first interred body. On Dec. 16, 1885, The Asheville Citizen stated that Charlie Hill was the property’s first burial. Nearly two years later, on Oct. 1, 1887, the same publication claimed that “Miss Patton, daughter of Mr. John E. Patton,” was the cemetery’s first interment; the paper recorded her date of death as Jan. 6, 1886. Yet in the Jan. 26, 1886 issue of The Asheville Citizen, it was written that Minnie Patton died on Jan. 8, 1886. Riverside Cemetery has Minnie Patton on file as an unmarked grave. There is no record of Charlie Hill.

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About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist.

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