Monthly Archives: November 2012

Name Change

Actors have long since dropped their birth names for stage names—Minnesota born Frances Ethel Gumm acted and sang her way into American hearts as Judy Garland; Iowa boy Marion Morrison rode horse back into film as cowboy John Wayne; and … Continue reading

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Moorish Revival

General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893) was one of the most prominent and successful generals in the Confederate Army.  Beauregard commanded the defenses at Fort Sumter, and later at the First Battle of Bull … Continue reading

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Badge #1620

Many tree-stump gravestones were carved to showcase individual characteristics about the deceased for which the marker was made.  In this case, the tree-stump marker was carved for 40-year old James J. Keefe who had been a police officer (Badge #1620) in … Continue reading

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Shake at Death’s Alarms

  The epitaph on the ornamented-top tablet of Margaret Shaw was meant to comfort.  The epitaph tells those who walk by that they need not fear death.   Death is merely the call to go Home, and when one gets there, God … Continue reading

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Going Home

  The Joseph and Julia Plick gravestone in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery at Sleepy Hollow, New York, has an incised carving of a cowboy slumped over on his horse.  The marker is a take off on the sculpture, The End of the Trail, … Continue reading

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Veteran’s Day

The graves of veterans can be found in cemeteries all across America.  In some cases the graves do not in any way denote military service.  In others the graves are marked with a metal marker next to the gravestone that denotes the war in … Continue reading

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The Partridge

  The patridge is the homely and smaller cousin of the pheasant.  According to Greek mythology, the partridge was born out of the rage and jealousy of Deadalus.  Deadalus was an accomplished and skilled craftsman.  But his clever nephew, Perdix, … Continue reading

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