During my last trip I noticed a very large monument that looked interesting so I stopped to take a closer look. In the center of the monument was an inscription that read: William H Samelius - Dean of American Watchmakers. His contributions to horology during a long and vigorous life are immortal. He had the joy of working with the finest fabric of God's universe. The measurement of the passing of time.
I realized that a husband and wife are buried here, and I was intrigued by the small clocks with specific times next to their names. I wondered if each clock was set to time of their deaths? I didn't know who William Samelius was, so I decided to get home and see what I could find out. I also wanted to see if I could prove my theory with the clocks was correct.
It turns out that William Samelius was a very well known and respected watchmaker. He ran the Elgin Watch College for many years and had also published numerous books on the subject of horology and watchmaking. He moved to Ogden from Long Beach in 1960 after marrying Mabelle Greenwood at the age of 87.
Unfortunately for Mr and Mrs Samelius, his life in Ogden was short lived. William Samelius died on November 5, 1961 at the age of 88. His death certificate states the time of death as 2:30pm. Interestingly enough, the time on Mabelle's clock reads 2:30. His clock is set to 4:50. Because not enough time has passed to allow me to access Mabelle's death certificate I'm not able to see what time she passed away. I'm willing to bet it was 4:50 and whoever did the monument mixed up the times.
Just goes to show that you never know who you might find buried in your local cemetery. It could be someone who had a huge impact on daily life and have been mostly forgotten in death.