DiMola GRANTs his own wish on Manhattan rubbish removal job
Now all of my wishes have truly been granted.
This is an original program from April 27, 1897, the day that would have been Ulysses S. Grant’s 75th birthday, and the day when more than 1 million people gathered to honor Grant’s Tomb in Riverside Park, overlooking the Hudson River, in Manhattan. His body was buried there 12 years after his death.
I found this program on one of my many rubbish removal jobs in New York City. I know it’s an original because I had it authenticated by Sotheby’s. It lists many of the events attendees, who were a variety of dignitaries, family members, military personnel and political figures.
Grant was born in 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio, and died of throat cancer in 1885 in Mount McGregor, N.Y. Grant’s body was originally kept in a temporary tomb until he was transferred to the one in Riverside Park. Grant’s tomb is currently the largest mausoleum in all of North America.