Schoolhouse

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The inscription on the front of the schoolhouse:

HARRY M. HAYS

1850-1923

EDWIN  (POP) BOWERS

1873-1940

HIS WIFE

LU. NELL BOWERS

1876-1973

The inscription on the front of the schoolhouse:

WM. A. HAYS

APR. 14, 1879,

MAR. 29, 1880.

ALBERT HAYS

JULY 8, 1852,

SEPT. 17, 1877.

The inscription on the side panel of the schoolhouse:

ALEXANDER HAYS

OCT. 30, 1850,

APR.30, 1896.

HARRY BAKER

SON OF E. H. & N. BOWERS

MAY 6, 1895,

APR. 28, 1896.

Side panel of the schoolhouse:

JOSEPHINE BOWERS

JULY 1, 1909

MAR. 15, 1983

ELLA M. BOWERS

MAY 2, 1907

MAY 12, 1987

EDWIN H. BOWERS

NOV. 22, 1905

AUG. 11, 1988

Cave Hill Cemetery at Louisville, Kentucky, has many examples of monumental art.  In this example, the Hays family chose a schoolhouse.  What is unclear is what the significance to the schoolhouse it to the family.

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2 Responses to Schoolhouse

  1. This is my family’s monument. While the significance of its design seems to be unknown to our family, the significance family members’ lives is not. Though materially impoverished, my ancestors passed along the riches of civility, humility, courtesy, loyalty, dignity, faith, determination, humor, and love to my sisters, my cousins, and me. They taught us that our integrity is all we can truly call our own. The love and guidance bestowed upon us by our vast extended family was a godsend. My great grandmother, great aunts and uncles were long-lived persons who provided my sisters and me with a stability that was missing within our immediate family. This stability enabled us to know how to be functional parents when our turn came. My debt to them can never be fully paid.

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