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Tree-stump Monument as a Tribute to Arbor Day

CAROLINE WIFE OF J. STERLING MORTON DIED AT ARBOR LODGE JUNE 29, 1881 AGED 47 YEARS She was the Mother of JOY, PAUL, MARK, and, CARL MORTON. J. STERLING MORTON BORN APR. 22, 1832 DIED APR. 27, 1902 EMMA MORTON … Continue reading

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Monument to a Businessman–a Desk

The Harding Family monument in the Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City, Nebraska, sits in the middle of a large family plot that is set off by carved limestone logs marking its boundaries.  Tree stump gravestones and curbing carved to resemble … Continue reading

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A Useful Citizen and Honest Man

J. T. Weybrecht January 27 1829 – January 31, 1895 The elaborate Victorian unpolished granite monument for John Theobold Weybrecht in the Alliance City Cemetery, in Alliance, Ohio, is one of the tallest in the cemetery and speaks to the … Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Service

A.L. JONES RUTH A. JONES BORN OCT. 22, 1827, MARRIED OCTOBER 2, 1849, DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCT. 29, 1878, AGED 51 YRS. & 7 DAYS. No other war was like the American Civil War for Americans because every sailor and … Continue reading

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The Author of the 14th Amendment?

Stephen Neal June 11, 1817 – June 23, 1905 The large, polished granite column topped with a bronze bust in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon, Indiana, commemorates the life of Stephen Neal.  Neal was a prominent citizen of Lebanon, … Continue reading

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A Special Section

The Benevolent Protective Order of Elks (B. P. O. E.), one of the many fraternal organizations in the United States, was originally a drinking club called the Jolly Corks founded in 1866 by a group of actors, who evidently liked … Continue reading

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Four Virtues

ORSON PHELPS BORN DEC. 17, 1805, DIED MARCH 15, 1870 — CALISTA MARIA TALBOT, DIED JANUARY 21, 1898 — ORSON J. BORN JULY 13, 1847, DIED MAR. 20, 1852 — MARIA LOUISE BORN JAN. 15, 1849, DIED JUNE 10, 1871. … Continue reading

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What’s In a Name?

Isaiah Sellers 1802 – 1864 It seems that in many social gatherings, one of the first questions people ask one another is, “What do you do?”  It is as if a person’s occupation is who they are.  And, in fact, … Continue reading

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Mystery Solved!

Mystery solved thanks to three readers who have great detective skills.  Chris, Mary, and a reader only known by the alpha—letter combination “gsbo3632” jumped in and found pins on eBay for sale that gave the clue to the society known … Continue reading

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Metal Marker Mystery

GEO. F. VAN DEUSEN 1887 – 1910 The metal marker next to the George Van Deusen gravestone in the Woodland Cemetery in Jackson, Michigan, is a mystery.  The handshake appears to signify membership in a brotherhood, but I can’t unravel … Continue reading

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