Category Archives: Aspin Hill Memorial Park

Napoleon the Weather Prophet of Baltimore MD

Napoleon the Weather Prophet of Baltimore MD
Napoleon the Weather Prophet of Baltimore MD

During one of my many visits to Aspin Hill Memorial Park, I couldn’t help noticing Napoleon the Weather Prophet’s gravestone, especially when the afternoon sun gave it an orange cast. It stood out among mostly gray markers which surrounded it. When I read the inscription, I felt I simply had to investigate this cat.
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Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb? Not Petey of Our Gang.

General Grant of R.K.O., also known as Jiggs (not Petey of Our Gang). Photo taken April 21, 2018
General Grant of R.K.O., also known as Jiggs (not Petey of Our Gang). Photo taken April 21, 2018

One of the most frequently repeated stories about Aspin Hill Memorial Park is that Petey from the Our Gang movies is buried there.  As evidence, newspaper articles about the cemetery in Aspen Hill, Maryland point to the grave of General Grant of R.K.O., whose nickname was Jiggs.

When I visited General Grant of R.K.O.’s grave in 2012, I found a gravestone with a photo of a bulldog on it. That was my first clue that something was amiss. I knew already that all of the dogs who played Petey (there were three of them) were American pit bull terriers. I’ve never seen a bulldog in an Our Gang movie, nor were any of the dogs named Jiggs or General Grant.
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The Stories Behind the Stones

Trouble - Our Faithful and Effectionate Companion. (photo of pet cemetery)
Trouble – Our Faithful and Effectionate Companion. (February 2018)

For the first twenty-four years of my life, I lived less than two miles from the second oldest pet cemetery in the United States. During those years, I never visited it, although I would occasionally hear stories about it. People would say that J. Edgar Hoover’s dogs were buried there as well as the dog “Petey” from the Our Gang movies.
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