This Ramble begins at the foot of Central Avenue. In Ramble Part 1 we con-
cluded with the Whittle lot. Now look to the right for the monument in the lot of
Simri Rose. You will recall the City of Macon gave Mr. Rose his choice of lots in
Rose Hill for all of his work in the beautification of the cemetery. Mr. Rose was
born in north Branford, Connecticut in 1799. The story goes that his father
selected his name by opening the Bible at random and choosing the first name
he found upon the page which happened to be ZIMRI. He later changed it to Simri
because, he said, "I prefer signing my name S. Rose to Z. Rose." (zeros). He often
stipulated that no descendant of his should be handicapped with such a difficult
name. In 1818, when he was 19 years old, he came to Middle Georgia before there
was a Macon. He settled in Newtown (across the river from Macon in the shadow
of Fort Hawkins) and established a name for himself by publishing a little
manuscript paper called The Bulldog. Then, when Macon was founded in 1825, he
moved across the river and established the Georgia Messenger, a forerunner of
The Macon Telegraph.
Next is the West lot, a very impressive lot with handsome monuments. I think
you should take some time to observe them. Miss Anna Munro West and her
brother, Frank B. West, Jr., are descendants of this family.
Across to the pyramid-shaped memorial to a Macon architect, Delmar
Warren. Mr. Warren was a Macon native who died in 1982 and is buried in Harlem,
Georgia. This was placed here by a friend and admirer.