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April 15, 2018- Find A Grave sites created and added for the Gypsy Coeds

April 15, 2018

IMG_2262Thanks to the efforts of Phil Adams of Galesburg, Illinois,  Find A Grave sites have been created for 17 of the 18 deceased Gypsy Coeds.  Ruth Gustafson (deceased)left her body to science.  I met Phil at a presentation I made at the Clover Library in Woodhull, Illinois in the fall of 2017. We talked after the presentation. Phil had read the book, Darlene’s Silver Streak and the Bradford Model T Girls and had already visited several of the cemeteries and grave sites of Gypsy Coeds.  He explained what he wanted to do and away he went!  Not only did Phil search out the locations of all Gypsy Coed grave sites, he also wrote a tribute to each of the women regarding their Gypsy Coed experience.    He added photos of the girls and a tribute as well as photos of headstones in some instances.

Above is the picture of Phil in the Silver Streak in Woodhull, October 5, 2017.

The Find A Grave sites are listed and links provided here.  They can also be found under the name of each Gypsy Coed in the website under the heading, “The Gypsy Coeds”.  Find A Grave format changed during Phil’s work.  In some instances you will need to “hover” over the picture of the Gypsy Coed added by Phil and then “click” in order to see the tribute he created.  Thanks for what you have done Phil, a great tribute to the Gypsy Coeds!

Darlene Dorgan –

Verna Dorgan –

Marjorie Dorgan –

Olive Bell –

Eleanor Butte –

Clare Breen –

Regina Fennell –

Helen Fuertges –

Muriel Cunningham –

Anne Holland –

Kathleen Moran –

Harriet Fisher –

Ruby McDonald –

Zola Dailey –

Rosemary Moran –

Patricia Moffett –

Margaret Burnett –



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  1. christine christophory permalink

    april 15 2018 issue : the link to Rosemary Moran is duplicated. since the number is 17, as it should be, does this also implies that one other name is missing?

    • Thank you for catching my error. While I had included Rosemary twice, yes I had forgotten Margaret Burnett. I have now corrected that error. So yes, Find A Grave has 17 tributes, Ruth Gustafson Johnson left her body to science and Jean Turnbull Campbell and Winnie Swearingen Hays are still living for a total of the 20 Gyspy Coeds.

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