Author Archives: gravelyspeaking

Frighten the evil spirits

Robert H. Richards January 18, 1830 – September 16, 1888 Josephine A. Rankin Richards August 12, 1833 – December 14, 1910 The Robert H. Richards mausoleum, built by H. Q. French and Company of New York, in the Oakland Cemetery … Continue reading

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When William Foote died, his wife, Ida, commissioned the great artist Lorado Taft to create a memorial for her husband.  The bronze memorial that Taft created has become known as the Foote Angel, even though, it does not have wings.  … Continue reading

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LOTTIE HAM BORN Dec. 12, 1898. DIED Oct. 16, 1915 A precious one from us has gone A voice we love Is stilled, Her place is vacant In our home That Never can be filled. The gray granite monument to … Continue reading

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A Big Comfy Chair

Horace Francis Ebert 1853 – 1893 Mary Ellen Dennett Bachelder Ebert 1855 – 1905 Edith L. Ebert Mulno 1873 – 1899   The Ebert Family gravestone in the Lowell, Massachusetts City Cemetery, is a remarkable replica of a tufted chair … Continue reading

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Profusion of Symbols

JULIET. Wife of ELISHA RODGERS Died June 8, 1849: AGED 29 ys 7m & 8 ds. I recently went looking for the Upper Mound Cemetery just to the West of Covington, Indiana.  Even though I located it on the map, … Continue reading

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In Covington, Indiana, there are two small cemeteries at the North edge of town—Prescott Grove Cemetery and St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  The two are on the same plot of land but separated by a common road that leads into the cemeteries … Continue reading

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The Gift of a Pineapple

North Bend, Ohio, is where the tomb of William Henry Harrison is located across from the Congressional Green Cemetery which draws the odd history buff to its grounds in search of the ninth president’s grave.  As a president, Harrison is … Continue reading

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Memorializing Victorian Children

The gravestones of children are the ones that are uniquely poignant.  It is not natural for  parents to have a child die before they do—children are the future.  The loss is devastating and leaves the parents bereft.  A hole is … Continue reading

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A Small Stairway to Heaven

There is a weathered marble gravestone with the words, “Children of H. A. and S. A. Smith” carved into the plinth.  The small white marble gravestone is in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Washington, Indiana.  Unfortunately, the marble is so … Continue reading

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Tragedy at Winter Quarters

The Pioneer Mormon Cemetery in Florence, now a northern suburb of Omaha, Nebraska, was not far from where I grew up.  And depending on how I went to or came home from elementary school, the tiny cemetery was on my … Continue reading

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