Straw Hats

Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana

Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana

KATIE

DAU. OF

P.M. & M. J.

MOBLEY

DIED OCT. 24, 1890

AGED

6Y. 5M. 9D.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana

Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana

LITTLE AUSBORN

M. & A. E. FINN.

BORN JAN. 31, 87

DIED FEB. 13. 90.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana

Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana

ZORA

DAU OF

J.C. & M. E.

BENDER

MAR. 29, 1892

DIED

JAN 27, 1902

Gone but not forgotten.

Indiana stone carvers were adept at creating unique tree-stump gravestones. The examples above all depict a straw hat on the top of the tree stump with a ribbon flowing from the back of the bonnet. The short tree-stump gravestones represent a life cut short.  In the top example, the straw hat is combined with a sleeping lamb.  The lamb is the symbol of the Lord, the Good Shepherd. It also represents innocence, likely the reason why this motif usually adorns the tombstones of infants and young children. Most often the lamb is lying down, often asleep and sometimes with a cross behind the lamb.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana--the name is illegible.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana–the name is illegible.

 

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