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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 column of granite is topped with a bronze statue that marks … 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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“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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Ivan Adams, Stone Carver, Take Two

Michael Shea of Rochester, New York read the gravelyspeaking blogpost about Ivan Adams—the Bloomington stone carver who carved the simple and elegant depiction of the Virgin Mary to mark his own grave. Mr. Shea has shared photos of a statue, … Continue reading

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Grass Marker Beauty

Sociologist W. Lloyd Warner was one of the first to study graveyard iconography and burial practices. In 1959 Warner wrote a monograph, The Living and the Dead, where he asserted, “cemeteries are collective representatives which reflect and express many of … Continue reading

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Still Missing, Mystery Unsolved

The first private mausoleum built in the Crown hill Cemetery at Indianapolis, Indiana, is an example of the Egyptian Revival architecture found in many large urban cemeteries. The large sandstone mausoleum has many features of Egyptian temples–the cavetto cornice that curves into … Continue reading

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“Cogito ergo sum”

CARL A. NORGREN 1890 – 1968 JULIET E. NORGREN 1896 – 1987 On a bronze plaque on the side of the marker: “I CANNOT HELP BUT WONDER HOW I CAN CARELESS BE OF THE SWIFTLY PASSING MOMENTS THAT SEEK OBLIVION’S … Continue reading

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