Visitors to the United Cemeteries (chartered originally as Rosemont, Mount Hope and Evergreen United Cemeteries in 1905) will usually investigate the special area featuring a pyramid and the nearby grave of Charles Taze Russell. However, higher up the hill, across a small road, can be found an area that is also of interest. The photograph is taken from there and shows the obelisk for William Morris Wright, born in Ohio October 15, 1848, and died on April 3, 1906.
Wright wrote to CTR in 1887 on the subject of “coming out of Babylon” (see reprints 983). CTR’s detailed response prompted a further letter (reprints page 996) where Wright had now had his name taken off his original Congregational Church roll.
At the time of his death, Wright, originally from Ohio, had been part of the Bible House family in Pittsburgh for eight years. His death certificate gives his occupation as insurance adjuster. He was one of the trustees of the original cemetery company on its incorporation in 1905, and thereby one of the first to sadly require its services.
The nature of the obelisk was to allow other family names to be added in due course, but only Wright’s name is on the base. The other three sides are blank, which strongly suggests the family were ultimately buried elsewhere. Wright was married and according to a brief obituary in the Pittsburgh Press for April 4, 1906 had four adult sons at the time of his death.
His Watch Tower obituary (found in reprints page 3765) mentions that he was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.
Note: He is not to be confused with James Dennis Wright, one of the Society directors at the time of CTR’s death.