Not that anyone who knows who Clarence was.. it all goes back to 2015 when I read a random poem from an old book of Arizona poetry by Sharlot Hall…
it described a desert grave of one Clarence M Shaw who apparently loved, explored, lived, and died in the desert. The location is in the middle of what is now metropolitan Phoenix.
I got curious and tried to find all I could online (not too much) but did locate a photo of the grave and possible references to Shaw’s work as a photographer.
The blog post is mostly my own fascination with exploring obscure things, people.
He must be obscure since Google searches on Clarence H Shaw end up on my blog post.
Just today, the day before my OER22 presentation I got an out of the blue email from someone who lives in the area. She and her grounds have seen a large rock sitting askew with an inscription “Clarence H Shaw 1878-1902 “ looked it up online and found my post. She shared a photo (I had never gone looking for it, beyond online).
I can’t say for sure if it’s an actual headstone but it’s one of those tiny connections enabled by a public sharing.