Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Crusader

Only a master carver could sculpt this magnificent statue from stone as hard as this granite.  In fact, the celebrated Lorado Taft, one of the finest sculptors of his day, created this monument in 1931, for Victor Lawson (1850-1925).  Lawson … Continue reading

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The Loyal Order of the Moose

The Loyal Order of Moose was founded in a doctor’s living room in Louisville, Kentucky, in the spring of 1888.  Dr. John Henry Wilson organized the order as a place for men to get together to socialize.  By the early … Continue reading

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There has to be more to the story

From time to time, you spot an epitaph that grabs your attention and you wish that you knew the rest of the story.  Nestled in the historic Old Tennent Presbyterian Church Cemetery, in Tennent, New Jersey lies the grave of … Continue reading

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The Lily

The lily, as a funerary symbol, has many meanings including purity, innocence, virginity, heavenly bliss, majestic beauty, and Christ’s ressurection.  Christians believe that the trumpet-shaped blossoms announce the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. As pictured in the stained-glass window above, the … Continue reading

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The Crucifixion

The crucifixion is the most important symbol in Christianity, ususally found in Catholic cemeteries.

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Symbols of the Passion of Christ

Many, perhaps, most of the symbols found in our cemeteries are religious.  The motif above displays three nails encircled by a Crown of Thorns.  The Crown of Thorns depict the crown that Jesus Christ wore as He was mocked as … Continue reading

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Fast Mail

GEORGE S. BANGS Died November 17, 1877 Aged 51 Years  8 months 27 days His crowning effort The Fast  Mail Some people want to be remembered for who they are, some for what they did.  This “treestump gravestone”, so called because it looks like … Continue reading

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  The lamb is the symbol of the Lord, the Good Shepherd.  It also represents innocence, likely the reason why this motif usually adorns the tombstones of infants and young children.  Most often the lamb is lying down, often asleep and sometimes with a … Continue reading

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Eternal Silence

Lorado Taft was one of the premier sculptors of his day.  He was a widely published scholar on the topic and his work was highly sought after.  He was commissioned to produce many public works including the The Soldier’s Monument … Continue reading

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Lightning Strike

Louis J. Baker, August 3, 1894, August 29, 1917   Indiana has a large number of quarries throughout the state because some of the richest limestone deposits in the country are found in this region.  Indiana limestone has been used … Continue reading

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