Monthly Archives: May 2015


Dennis O’Leary Pvt Co. I 23rd Infantry Died Apl 1, 1901 Age 23 Yrs, 9 Mos. Marking the grave of Private Dennis O’Leary in the Santa Fe National Cemetery is the hand-carved sandstone gravestone, which O’Leary reportedly carved for himself. … Continue reading

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For such is the kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 19:14 King James Version (KJV) 14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Many cemeteries have sections laid aside for infant burials. Often a feature … Continue reading

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You say sarcophagi, I say sarcophaguses. Whichever way you say it, it means more than one sarcophagus. Sarcophagus tombs are designed to look like coffins.  Most often they are set on a platform or a base.  The tomb is often … Continue reading

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A Bouquet

JENNIE BELOVED WIFE OF RUFUS E. GAMBLE BORN JULY 21, 1847. DIED NOV. 19, 1871. AGED 24 YRS. 3 MS. & 28 DAYS “ASLEEP IN JESUS” There are many symbols that represent death in funerary art—the broken bud, the sleeping … Continue reading

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Clara Bell

Clara Bell Daughter of J. & L. AUERS Born Jan. 18. 1885 Died July 13. 1886. OUR DARLING BABY The gravestone of this little girl is haunting with those hollow eyes. Only 18 months months after she was born, she died. Her … Continue reading

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The Good Samaritan

HUMANITY AND CHARITY OUR RELIGION VINCENT D. MARKHAM DIED MAY 31, 1895 AGED 66 YEARS   MARY F. MARKHAM DIED SEP. 18, 1893 AGED 58 YEARS Nearly everyone knows the term “good Samaritan” but many might not know of its … Continue reading

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A Victorian Folly

  The Metarie Cemetery at New Orleans is by most accounts one of the great garden cemeteries in the United States, if such things are rated. The famous, the rich, the infamous, the highly decorated, and the obscure are all … Continue reading

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The Maker of the Modern Mall

The modern-style polished-granite mausoleum in the Fairmount Cemetery at Denver, Colorado, was designed by and built for Temple Hoyne Buell (1895–1990) a noted architect who gained lasting fame for designing the first-ever American shopping mall. Buell was a prolific and … Continue reading

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