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A memorial for his young wife and her love of horses

INA L. PALMER WIFE OF W. H. AXTON JAN. 24, 1874. DIED FEB. 4. 1898. AGED 24 YRS. 10 DS. W. H. AXTON 1866 – 1928 On the sloping hill across from the Zion Methodist Church in rural Indiana not … Continue reading

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Harmony with the Universe

HENRY D. STEVENSON 1818 – 1868 — ELIZABETH HAND STEVENSON DIED NOV. 22, 1913 — CORA BELLE STEVENSON DIED MAY 16, 1941 The lichen-encrusted Stevenson family monument in the Spring Grove Cemetery at Cincinnati, Ohio, depicts a young girl leaning … Continue reading

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Ruins

CONRAD WINDISCH 1825 – 1887 SOPHIE WINDISCH 1827 – 1901 A passerby in the Spring Grove Cemetery strolling past the gravestone of Conrad Windisch might mistake it for a ruin—which was the whole idea. The white-marble marker carved to look … Continue reading

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One into the Other

The gravestone in the St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery in Chicago depicts Christ on the cross. The gravestone is a moving and expressive representation demonstrating the pain and the suffering of Christ on the cross. The symbol of Jesus Christ hanging … Continue reading

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Government Issue

13615. CAPT. DAN’L M. KEYS INDEPENDENT WEST VA. RANGERS. In national military cemeteries across the United States standing tall and straight are rows of “Government Issue” white marble gravestones. Those gravestones are a third iteration. Not long after the start … Continue reading

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The General of the Night

HENRY W LAWTON MAJOR GENERAL – U S V BORN MARCH 17, 1843 DIED DEC. 19, 1899 KILLED IN ACTION PHIIPPINE ISLANDS MARY C LAWTON WIFE OF HENRY W LAWTON The Henry Ware Lawton marker is in the Arlington National … Continue reading

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Forbidden Love

Nelson W. Blocher February 1, 1847 January 24, 1884 Inside the elaborate Victorian granite monument in the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Buffalo, New York, dedicated to Nelson Blocher, the son of John and Elizabeth Blocher, are four sculptures that depict … Continue reading

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