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The Scythe and the Sickle, Wheat and Souls

The sickle and the scythe are ancient farm hand tools dating back thousands of years that were used to harvest cereal grains such as wheat. Wheat’s origins are unknown but is the basis of basic food and a staple in … Continue reading

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The Open Door

The neo-classical mourning figure in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn stands next to the grave of a mother and father and their children.  The unfurled scroll in her hands often represents both the life of the deceased and the time … Continue reading

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Nearly ten years ago, my oldest daughter, who was eleven at the time, said she wanted to start a blog.  I said, I would, too, as a sign of solidarity.  I hoped if we both blogged together it would encourage … Continue reading

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Glass Angel

In David Robinson’s book, Saving Graces, mourning figures from some of the most famous cemeteries in Europe depict sculptures of beautiful, young, and voluptuous women often wearing revealing clothing as they mourn the dead. These sepulchral figures are not only found … Continue reading

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Tribute to a Pilgrim

Here ended the Pilgrimage of JOHN HOWLAND Who died February 23, 1672/3 aged above 80 years He married Elizabeth daughter of JOHN TILLEY Who came with him in the Mayflower December 1620 From them are descended a Numerous posterity. “Hee … Continue reading

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The Safety Razor Inventors—and its not who you think!

Two of the inventors of the safety razor are buried in a whimsical mausoleum in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York—and neither is King Gillette.  While King Gillette gained fame for his razor and is often mistakenly given credit … Continue reading

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Any Help? – Mystery Solved

One of this blogpost’s readers, Phyllis, solved the mystery. The metal marker connected to this grave represents the Switchmen’s Union of North America which was a labor union founded in 1894 and included members in the United States and Canada. … Continue reading

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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers

The last five posts have been about accidents that occurred on trains.  The posts, in a way, also highlighted that trains in the 19th century and early 20th Century were not only an important mode of transportation, but carried cargo—human … Continue reading

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Train Wreck, 5

CHARLES F. SON OF JAS. & M. E. KING BORN AUG. 22, 1866. KILLED IN WRECK ON ST. L. A. & T. Ry. MAY 12, 1893. DIV. NO. 442 JONESBORO ARK. Tree-stump gravestones dot cemeteries all across the Midwest and … Continue reading

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Train Wreck, 4 The Caboose and the Loose Wheel

Charles E. Witting Died May 4, 1900 Aged 27 YR 6 MO 4 DA This intricately carved gray marble caboose, track, and wheel displaying the letters: B of RRT can be found in the Union Cemetery at Uhrichsville, Ohio.  The … Continue reading

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