Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Tale of the Caboose and a Loose Wheel

This intricately carved gray marble caboose, track, and wheel displaying the letters: B of RRT can be found in the Union Cemetery at Uhrichsville, Ohio.  The tale told by the cemetery maintenance crew about the marker is that the man buried under the railroad … Continue reading

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Changing Iconography

The winged death’s head was a grim reminder that life was short, not that one need’s that reminder as they stroll through a cemetery. Slowly the imagery began to change.  Though it is not as stark as the skull, it … Continue reading

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The Mighty Lion

  COLUMBUS R. CUMMINGS 1834-1897 SARAH C. MARK CUMMINGS 1841-1909 The tombstone of Columbus Cummings, Chicago millionaire rail road magnate, and his wife, Sarah, in the Graceland Cemetery at Chicago features a draped sarcophagus.  The grand unpolished gray granite monument … Continue reading

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Grape Clusters

The cast-iron gravestone in the Oakland Cemetery at Sandusky, Ohio, is decorated with  grape clusters and leaves. In Christianity the Eucharist, which is part of a religious ceremony also called Holy Communion, is a time when Christ’s followers are to do … Continue reading

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Taft’s Gravestone Revisted

The elegant 14 and a half foot tall Stony Creek granite monument designed by James Earl Frazer marks the graves of United States President William Howard Taft and his wife and First Lady, Helen Herron Taft.  Gold lettering states their names … Continue reading

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The Oil Lamp

An oil lamp is carved into the top of Peter Leslie’s white-marble tablet gravestone. A flickering flame can be seen coming from the lamp, providing light. The Bible verse, II Samuel: Chapter 22, verse 29, says, “For thou art my lamp, … Continue reading

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The Black Angel and Co-eds

EDDIE DOLEZAL   Like a bud just opening, Commenced my life to be, But death came without mercy, without pity The Lord had sent for me. I was not granted time to bid adieu. Do not weep for me, my … Continue reading

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