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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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Sunburst

SCOTT JAMIESON 1878 – 1909 until the morning of the resurrection. Occasionally a gravestone is fashioned in a way so that the symbolism is matched to the epitaph, as is the case.  Here, an incised carving shows curtains being drawn … Continue reading

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Open Book

  LAURA A. DAUT. OF J.F. & M.A. BROWN DIED January 17, 1875 AGED 16 YRS. 1 MO. 13 Ds. The white marble tombstone in the Greenlawn Cemetery at Franklin, Indiana, is topped with an open book that has a … Continue reading

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Doppelgangers

Doppelganger is a word that refers to two people who look the same.  Look a likes.   It is a German word that translates to “double goer”.  Popular television shows run photos next to each other showing actors and actresses together … Continue reading

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A Candy Empire

The Mars family seems to have had chocolate running through generations of their blood.  The founder of the Mars candy empire was Frank Clarence Mars (September 24, 1883 – April 8, 1934), whose mother taught him how to hand dip … Continue reading

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The Compass, Trowel, and the 24-inch Gauge

  In front of a Masonic society tomb in the Masonic Cemetery at New Orleans, established in 1865, is a small white-marble step with three symbols—the compass, the trowel, the 24 inch gauge.  Each symbol is used in the Masonic … Continue reading

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Double-Eagle, Part 4

  The incised design of the double-headed eagle is centered inside a variant of the Maltese cross, a version known as a Formee Pattee. This version is on found on a light-gray granite obelisk monument erected to honor the Ancient … Continue reading

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Double-Headed Eagle, Part 3

  The double-headed eagle with a crown and a small triangle with the letters 32 inside also represents the 32-degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.  Again the eagle clutches a banner with the motto: “SPES MEA IN DEO … Continue reading

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