Monthly Archives: October 2016

Spirits of the Dead

Spirits of the Dead By Edgar Allan Poe, 1827 Thy soul shall find itself alone ’Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone; Not one, of all the crowd, to pry Into thine hour of secrecy.   Be silent in that … Continue reading

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Hope in Granite and Bronze

MARGARET L. GAFF 1829 – 1916 JOHN H. GAFF 1820 — 1879 The two statues in this blog post found in the Spring Grove Cemetery at Cincinnati, Ohio, are atop rose-colored columns of soaring heights,  resting on square plinths.  They … Continue reading

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Who Are They?

Recently I was walking around in the Highland Lawn Cemetery at Terre Haute, Indiana, and came across this metal marker for the Modern American Fraternal Order.  I had never seen this marker before nor had I had heard of this … Continue reading

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WILLIAM T. DEAN MAY 23, 1847, NOV. 3, 1898. AMELIA C. DEAN SEPT. 15, 1820 NOV. 16, 1904. In the Spring Grove Cemetery at Cincinnati, Ohio, a tall rose-colored column of granite is topped with a bronze statue that marks … Continue reading

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Standing Angel

The Charles V. Barrett monument in the Mount Carmel Cemetery at Hillsdale, Illinois, is constructed of light gray granite depicting a standing angel in front of a Latin cross. The winged angel is a messenger of God and sent to … Continue reading

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Matching Markers

JAMES Vanamburgh Died Feb. 14 1876 Aged 78 yr’s 9 m’s 13 d’s Side by side in the Pine Lake Cemetery at La Porte, Indiana, are two identical gravestones carved for a husband and a wife. The top of each … Continue reading

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St. Francis of Assisi

Many images of St. Francis of Assisi depict the monk cloaked in a brown sack-cloth frock surrounded by animals—sheep, dogs, cats, bunnies, and even birds circling him. That image is so ingrained in us that we don’t think of the … Continue reading

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