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Milton T. Barlow Monument

Nellie Verne Walker was an Iowa sculptor who gained fame for her monumental works such as the statue she created of Chief Keokuk, the Lanning Fountain, and The Lincoln Trail State Memorial.  The Lincoln Trail State Memorial was designed in 1937 … Continue reading

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The Butterfield Celtic Cross

Roger Williams Butterfield April 23, 1844 – July 17, 1920 Lenora Drake Butterfield October 25, 1849 – October 30, 1920 In the north end of the Oakhill Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the Butterfield Celtic cross marking the graves … Continue reading

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Crying Mary

Johannes Decker 1839 – 1910 Ruth Decker 1840 – 1925 Lila Decker 1869 – 1872 Baby Decker 1875 Often legends that spring up about gravestones and monuments in cemeteries are born of fantasy and imagination.  One such example is the … Continue reading

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The Learned Angel

1866 MYRON LESLIE LEARNED 1928 1873 MARY POPPLETON LEARNED 1960 A MAN SHALL BE AS AN HIDING PLACE FROM THE WIND AND A COVERT FROM THE TEMPEST AS RIVERS OF WATER IN A DRY PLACE AS THE SHADOW OF A … Continue reading

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The Delos and Esther Diggins Monument

DELOS F. DIGGINS May 16, 1852 Sept. 7, 1907 ESTHER C. DIGGINS May 31, 1858 Oct. 19, 1915 “THAT BEST PORTION OF A GOOD MAN’S LIFE—HIS LITTLE, UNREMBERED ACTIONS OF KINDNESS AND LOVE.” In an article from the “The Lumber … Continue reading

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Mitchell Family Monument

MITCHELL WILLIAM WHITTIER MITCHELL JUNE 3, 1854 – NOVEMBER 8, 1915 ELLA YOST MITCHELL JULY 2, 1855 – JUNE 11, 1945 A MAN SHALL BE AS THE SHADOW OF A GREAT ROCK IN A WEARY LAND William Whittier Mitchell was … Continue reading

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The Shippey Family Monument

THAT BEST PORTION OF A GOOD MAN’S LIFE: HIS NAMELSS UNREMEMBERED ACTS OF KINDNESS AND LOVE  Charles Webster Shippey was a real estate dealer who was struck down by a locomotive killing him just a few feet away from the … Continue reading

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Quakers, Shakers, and Lollipops

The Protestant Reformation spawned many different religious sects, including splinter groups from sects that had already broken away from mainstream Protestant churches.  One such group was known as The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing.  This group became … Continue reading

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Firefighters Monument

Leonard Wells Volk, written about in the two previous blogposts, is not only buried in the Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois, but two of the monuments he designed are also in the cemetery.  As you drive through the main gate … Continue reading

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Tribute to War Heroes and to Volk’s Artistry

Leonard Wells Volk, written about in the previous blogpost, was buried in the Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.  Not only is there a statue monument commemorating his burial plot, but one of the first monuments one sees through the castellated … Continue reading

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