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F.O.E.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international non-profit organization, unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. Founded February … Continue reading

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Souls Take Flight

MORRISON BORN APL. 9, 1850 DIED MARCH 6, 1859 THOMAS BORN JAN. 11, 1855 DIED FEB. 15, 1859 MARY BORN SEP. 16, 1856 DIED FEB. 13, 1859 STANLEY BORN MAY 17, 1853 DIED FEB. 12, 1859 STANLEY & MARY A. … Continue reading

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Good over Evil

BRONGE PETER G. BONI 1914 – 2000 DANIEL BONI 1891 – 1955 BABY PHYLLIS 1952 PHYLLIS BONI 1898 – 1936 MARIA FRANCESCA BRONGE 1868 – 1925 CARL BRONGE 1863 – 1952 The Bronge Family monument in the Mount Carmel Cemetery … Continue reading

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Tree-stump Planters

The rustic movement of the mid-nineteenth century was characterized by designs that were made to look like they were from the country—crafted from tree branches often with the bark still intact. Elegant and slim curved lines gave way to bulkier … Continue reading

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“Sky Girl”

There are all sorts of pioneers in this world—those who have gone before and been the “first” to do something. One such person was Ellen Church, a young woman from the little town of Cresco, Iowa. Ellen graduated from high … Continue reading

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Portraits in Zinc

The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produced cast zinc cemetery markers billed as “white bronze”.  The company set up their first subsidiary in Detroit, Michigan. Others followed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, St. Thomas, Ontario, Des Moines, and Chicago. The Chicago subsidiary … Continue reading

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Three tiny angels

The largest Catholic Cemetery of the Archdiocese of Chicago is the Saint Adalbert Cemetery located in Niles, one of the northern suburbs. Saint Adalbert’s was established in 1872 to serve the large population of Polish Catholics. Saint Adalbert, the first … Continue reading

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