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Lakeside Cemetery



Cemetery Tour

Its hard to believe its been over 21 years since Karrell Fox took Al the Only on a tour of the Colon Lakeside Cemetery. Now you can be part of that same tour except that it will be Al the Only as MC of Magics Final Act.

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  • Lakeside cemetery Map.
    Although not to scale, this map corresponds with the numbers below to give an approximate location of the respective gravesite. You can pick up a map at Abbotts Magic Shop should you decide to visit this famous cemetery.

  • 1. Coppin, Ted (1886-1942) and Della (1909-1977).
    Their stage names were "Ted and Sally Banks". Ted, Stan Laurel & Charlie Chaplin had a vaudeville act together. Ted was later the stage manager for Harry Blackstone Sr. Della was also part of the show.

  • 2. Lamore, Skippy (1893-1942) and Jean (1888-1962).
    He worked with vaudeville tent shows. Article

  • 3. Thornton, Jesse (1901-1943), Velma Wagner (1917-1987).
    A magician and inventor of some of today's magic classics. He was employed at Abbott's for many years.

  • 4. Bouton, Harry (1885-1965).
    Who changed his name to Harry Blackstone. He became a well-known magician and brought Magic to Colon in 1926. For a time he was teamed up with Percy Abbott in the manufacturing and selling of magic tricks. Pic

  • 5. Bouton, Peter (1887-1968) and Mildred (1902-1979).
    Peter was the look-alike brother of Harry (very useful in magic). Pic

  • 6. Gwynne, Jack (1895-1969) and Anne (1896-1979).
    "The Royal Family of Magic". Jack invented the "Temple of Benares". He was famous for the appearing stack of bowls! Pic

  • 7. Stern, Duke (1913-1973).
    He was famous for comedy magic. He worked for many years with Karrell Fox on the Magic Get-Together in Colon. Originally was married to Barbara Maurer, A Colon girl. Pic

  • 8. Merrill, Fred R (1888-1976) and Caroline E. (1900-1991).
    He was a juggler and magician. Article

  • 9. Baird, Bill (1914-1978).
    His stage name was "The Magnificent Fraud". Known for multiplying balls dexterity. Article

  • 10. Bordner, Recil (1910-1981) and Donna (1912-1974).
    Owned and managed Abbott Magic Company. Originally teamed with Percy Abbott. Pic

  • 11. Watson, Donald (Monk) (1894-1981) and Mary.
    Humorist, magician and band-leader who once was teamed with a man named Benjamin Kubelsky (later called himself Jack Benny) in Vaudeville. Monk was very active with the USO in WW2 and was a WWI veteran. Pic

  • 12. Kitchen, Inez Blackstone (1889-1983).
    She, with Harry Blackstone Sr. brought magic to the village of Colon.

  • 13. Babbs, Arthur G (1921-1987) and Patricia (1934-).
    Arthurs stage name was "Arturo". He had a shop in Ohio where he designed tricks and received patents on many. In later years he worked at Abbotts Magic, building and designing tricks.

  • 14. Conklin, Jerry (1928-2010) and Shirley (1934-1987).
    They were the "Amazing Conklins" of magic. Pic

  • 15. Fabek, Vince (1947-1991).
    Was involved with magic, balloons and puppets. His stage name was "Holiday". He helped organize "Clown Alley" during the Get Togethers in the 70's as "Quincy the Clown".

  • 16. Jones, "Little Johnny" (1899-1997) and Catherine (1899-1997).
    Married 75 years, he was the "Conjuring Humorist". His epitah read: "Now I have to go and fool St. Peter." He worked with the USO in WW2 and was a WWI Veteran. Pic

  • 17. Lund, Robert (1925-1995) and Elaine (1926-2006).
    He and his wife owned/operated the American Museum of Magic in Marshall Michigan. Pic

  • 18. Blackstone, Harry Jr (1934-1997).
    Harry followed in his father's footsteps in becoming a magician of considerable renown. Pic

  • 18a. Also buried here is Harry Blackstone III. For Harry Blackstone Sr. see Bouton, Harry.

  • 19. Fox, Karrell (1928-1998).
    His epitaph reads "It Was Fun". Was an integral part of the Magic Get-Together of Abbott's Magic. Pic

  • 20. Alan, Don (McWethy) (1926-1999) and Lois Jean (Proffer) (1932-1989).
    Don was a Magician and Entertainer. Named one of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century by Magic Magazine. Lois was a professional ice skater. Pic

  • 21. Dunn, Ricki (1929-1999).
    Was a comedian and thief as "America's Greatest Pickpocket". Pic

  • 22. Rench, Jack (1924-2002).
    Magician, Musician, and Circus Drummer.

  • 23. Straw, Marx Edward (1935-2005).
    Sleight of hand expert. Marx was a prodigy of Percy Abbott of Abbott Magic.

  • 24. Booth, John Nicholls (1912-) and Edith Kriger (1907-1982).
    John is a Minister, Author, Magician, Lecturer, and Cinematographer. His wife passed in 82

  • 25. Barrows, Ralph (Jack) (1935-2007).
    Jack served 2 terms as National Deputy to S.A.M, formed S.A.M. Assembly #87 in Elkhart, and was a former president of M.Y.I. In 1970 he opened a magic shop in Elkhart called the "Square Circle" and was a demonstrator of magic in Colon. Pic

  • 26. Husted, Kenneth "Roy Huston" (1940-2009).
    Roy was a magician for 50 years and a professional drummer and dancer. He performed at the Magic Get Together in 1964

  • 27. Henry Louis Moorehouse (Hank) (1934-2011 ) & Jaculan Joan (1937- ).
    Past S.A.M. President. Performer, magic dealer, author and employee of Abbott Magic Co. Pic



  • For information on being interred at Colon's Lakeside Cemetery contact Tom Waltke (Township Sexton) at 269 432 3371
    Graves currently are $500.00 for persons living outside of Colon Township.



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