Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Masonic Emblem

The metal marker from the Trinity Church graveyard at New York marks the grave of a Mason.  It is the metal reproduction of what is perhaps the most recognizable emblem of the Freemasons, the square and two compasses.  In this … Continue reading

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Two versions of the lamb

The Western White Bronze Company of Des Moines, Iowa, the Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the Detroit Bronze Company, of Detroit, Michigan, and the other companies that produced zinc funeral monuments, had a wide range of symbols from which to choose.  The … Continue reading

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The Mourning Angel and the Dove

The Baumann Family Monument in the Forest Home Cemetery at Forest Park, Illinois, is adorned with a mourning figure that is carved into the gray granite.  In this case, the mourning figure is an angel.  The Angel’s head is bent … Continue reading

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Mother and Daughter

ANNA A. WIFE OF J. S. FLAGEOLLE DIED JUNE 8, 1887 AGED 24 YRS 2 MOS. 9 DYS.   TAKE THEM O FATHER IN THINE ARMS AND MAY THEY HENCEFORTH BE, A MESSENGER OF PEACE BETWEEN OUR HUMAN HEARTS AND … Continue reading

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Artillery and Young Love

SERVANT OF GOD WELL DONE, THY GLORIOUS WARFARE’S PAST THE BATTLES FOUGHT THE VICTORY WON AND THOU ART CROWNED AT LAST.   THOMAS G. ORWIG CAPTAIN OF BATTERY E FIRST PA LIGHT ARTILLERY, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, BORN JUNE 24, … Continue reading

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Visions of the Angel of Death

TO THE BLESSED MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED MOTHER RUTH ANNE DODGE BORN MAY 23, 1833  DIED SEPTEMBER 4, 1916 THIS MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN IS LOVINGLY DEDICATED BY HER TWO DAUGHTERS ELLA AND ANNE “HER CHILDREN RISE UP AND CALL HER BLESSED … Continue reading

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Thistle in Zinc

JOHN G. RAIN, SEPTEMBER 19, 1828, FEBRUARY 18, 1899. HE DIED AS HE LIVED, A PURE, UPRIGHT MAN. The thistle is characterized by a purple or red flower that rests in a cup-shaped part of the stem and has prickly … Continue reading

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