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Italian Model or Angel?

There is a story about “the girl in the shadow box”. It is an ancient story told and re-told of unrequited love that is also told about this statue. According to local St. Louis lore, the Herman Luyties’ (1871-1921) Monument in … Continue reading

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In the Dog House

Dogs have been kept as pets since a pharaoh ruled Egypt, where they were kept in mud brick kennels. Their digs over the years evolved and, for the most part, our dogs either live inside our homes with us, or outside … Continue reading

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Puppy Love

Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend! In fact, way back in 1821, the New York Literary Journal ran a poem that extolled just that. According to the latest pet ownership statistics from 2012, 36.5% of American households (43,346,000) … Continue reading

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The Community of True Inspiration

The straight upright rows of same-shaped gravestones look like they are located in a military graveyard—but they are not. These gravestones are in a tiny graveyard at “Main” Amana, Iowa, one of the seven villages founded by a communal German … Continue reading

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Memorial for a Mother and Infant

HERE lies the BODY of AMY REQUA wife of Stephen Van Wart with Her Infant by her side: She died Feb,y 22 : 1804 . Aged 19 Years & 16 Days. The golden bowl by death is broke The pitchers … Continue reading

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Wheat

On the reverse side of the Bone Family Monument in the Walnut Hill Cemetery at Council Bluffs, Iowa,  is carved a sheaf of wheat. Wheat’s origins are unknown but is the basis of basic food and a staple in many … Continue reading

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Death and Mortality

Coffins come in many shapes and sizes, though, technically, a coffin is a six-sided container or box for burial.  A casket is generally understood to have four sides and be rectangular. The six-sided coffin tombstone found in the Nashville City … Continue reading

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Optimism dashed

  HOME AT LAST DORIS MARIE SEWARD 1917 — 20             1999 SHE WAS AN OPTIMIST I.U. CLASS OF 1938  There is a tiny cemetery in the middle of the Indiana University campus next to the Beck Chapel.  Only a … Continue reading

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The Beehive

Wm LOSSING 1848 – 19 8 (It appears as if the “1” on the tombstone has been chiseled off) The beehive is often found on the graves of members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows or the Freemasons. To … Continue reading

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Cattails

MINNIE C. Wife of A. J. STONER Dec. 16, 1893 23 Yrs 11 Mos. 18 Dys The Victorian Era lasted from about 1832 until Queen Victoria’s death in 1903.  The era was an eclectic period in the decorative arts with … Continue reading

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