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WILLIAM T. DEAN MAY 23, 1847, NOV. 3, 1898. AMELIA C. DEAN SEPT. 15, 1820 NOV. 16, 1904. In the Spring Grove Cemetery at Cincinnati, Ohio, a tall rose-colored staff of granite is topped with a bronze statue that marks … Continue reading

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Standing Angel

The Charles V. Barrett monument in the Mount Carmel Cemetery at Hillsdale, Illinois, is constructed of light gray granite depicting a standing angel in front of a Latin cross. The winged angel is a messenger of God and sent to … Continue reading

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Matching Markers

JAMES Vanamburgh Died Feb. 14 1876 Aged 78 yr’s 9 m’s 13 d’s Side by side in the Pine Lake Cemetery at La Porte, Indiana, are two identical gravestones carved for a husband and a wife. The top of each … Continue reading

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St. Francis of Assisi

Many images of St. Francis of Assisi depict the monk cloaked in a brown sack-cloth frock surrounded by animals—sheep, dogs, cats, bunnies, and even birds circling him. That image is so ingrained in us that we don’t think of the … Continue reading

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The Master Is Come

The stained glass window from a mausoleum in the St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery in Chicago depicts Jesus Christ standing at a door, just at the moment He is about the open it. Underneath the window is written, “THE MASTER IS … Continue reading

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Taphophobia and a telephone

Martin Sheets 1853 – 1926 Susan Sheets 1859 – 1929 Ethel 13 months In the 19th Century there were cases of people who had been found to be buried alive, in fact, one researcher found hundreds of such cases. Out … Continue reading

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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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