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TWO GIRLS MEET DEATH IN FILM FIRE

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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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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Murder in the Courtroom!

  NATHANIEL PARKER WILLIS AUGUST 21, 1868 JULY 27, 1909 “TRIED AND TRUE” GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS – – THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND (CHILD) JOHN 15:13 MURDERED IN A COURT OF JUSTICE, … Continue reading

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Honoring Those Who Served

Not far outside Bloomington, Indiana, is a small country cemetery.  Like many of the cemeteries in Indiana, the stone carvers’ unique work can be found on the gravestones.  The Mt. Ebal Cemetery has two such stones marking the graves of … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Strikes

During a bad bout of cabin fever, I decided to drive the four hours to Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, 317 landscaped acres of gravestones, mausoleums, and memorials.  The famous, such as Eddie Rickenbacker and James Thurber, as well … Continue reading

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Marble and Bronze

The same sculpture appears in three cemeteries very far apart—Greenwood Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona, Crest Lawn Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia, and Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Indiana.  They are all have the exact same statue of a man standing … Continue reading

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Immortality Symbols

IN MEMORY OF LOUISA B. FYFFE WIFE OF JEHU WILKINSON BORN AUGUST 19, 1844 DIED MARCH 5, 1880   REST IN PEACE The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produced what was billed as ‘white bronze’ cemetery markers from the … Continue reading

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The Church Window

Generally, I write about older gravestones from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.  I usually find them to be more interesting with symbolism that is intriguing and sometimes forgotten or obscure.  Or I write about statuary found in graveyards that … Continue reading

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Mother and Daughter

May “Mollie” Cash Neal Born 1844, Louisiana Died October 1894, aged 49-50 Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Neal Born 1867, Louisiana Died June 17, 1889, aged 21-22 The monument in the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta of two women sitting next two … Continue reading

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