Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Community of True Inspiration

The straight upright rows of same-shaped gravestones look like they are located in a military graveyard—but they are not. These gravestones are in a tiny graveyard at “Main” Amana, Iowa, one of the seven villages founded by a communal German … Continue reading

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Old Glory

WILLIAM DRIVER BORN IN SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS MARCH 17, 1803 DIED IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE MARCH 3, 1886 William Driver is buried in the Nashville City Cemetery at Nashville, Tennessee. Driver was an adventurous sea captain. Of his exploits one is noted … Continue reading

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The Butterfly

Sacred to the memory of NANCY MAYNOR born 17th of Novbr 1788 departed this life on the 28th of May 1836 This elaborate gravestone in the Nashville City Cemetery at Nashville, Tennessee, has a delicate butterfly on the face of the … Continue reading

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B.P.O.E.

The Benevolent Protective Order of Elks metal markers come in many sizes and shapes.  The metal markers above include the two most significant symbols for the Elks Club members–the Elk, of course, and the clock with the hands frozen at the 11:00 … Continue reading

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Fighting Satan’s Hordes

St. Michael is featured in many cemetery sculptures. Only the Archangel Michael, one of three angels mentioned by name in the Bible, is clothed in armor.  The sword he carries represents a cross but also a weapon in his war … Continue reading

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Memorial for a Mother and Infant

HERE lies the BODY of AMY REQUA wife of Stephen Van Wart with Her Infant by her side: She died Feb,y 22 : 1804 . Aged 19 Years & 16 Days. The golden bowl by death is broke The pitchers … Continue reading

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Wheat

On the reverse side of the Bone Family Monument in the Walnut Hill Cemetery at Council Bluffs, Iowa,  is carved a sheaf of wheat. Wheat’s origins are unknown but is the basis of basic food and a staple in many … Continue reading

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