Category Archives: Treestump gravestones

Woodsmen

As the story goes, while listening to a Sunday sermon at the First Congregational Church in Lyons (now Clinton), Iowa, given by Pastor Sydney Crawford, Joseph Cullen Root heard the pastor tell a parable about the good that came from … Continue reading

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Take a seat

The rustic movement of the mid-nineteenth century was characterized by designs that were made to look like they were from the country. Elegant and slim curved lines in furniture gave way to bulkier and heavier forms made from pieces that … Continue reading

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Why Carve the Train into the Gravestone?

  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 … Continue reading

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The Dinky

FRANK OSTROVSKY ZEMREL 25 DUBNA 1903 V STARI 28 ROKU 9 MĔS SPI SLADCE DRAHY MANZELI A OTCE __ FRANK OSTROVSKY DIED 25 APRIL 1903 AT THE AGE OF 28 YEAR 9 MOS SLEEP WELL DEAR HUSBAND AND FATHER At … Continue reading

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Train Wreck

The Bohemian National Cemetery at Chicago, Illinois, practically has a small forest of tree-stump tombstones. They come in different styles and shapes, and some even in different materials and dot the old part of the cemetery. But, the one that … Continue reading

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The Circle of Life in a Wagon Wheel

  In funerary art, tombstones took on the look of tree stumps during the rustic movement. The gravestones were purposefully designed to look like trees that had been cut and left in the cemetery to mark a grave. Most of … Continue reading

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The tree-stump chair

The variety found in the rustic movement tombstones is diverse.  In these three examples of the tree-stump chair, elegant and slim curved lines have given way to the bulkier and heavier forms made from pieces that came directly from the trees … Continue reading

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