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Buried Four Times!

High on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, just south of what is present-day Sioux City, Iowa, stands the towering monument to Sergeant Charles Floyd, the only person to die during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. President Thomas Jefferson enlisted … Continue reading

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The Empty Chair

The gray-marble tufted chair in the Oakland Cemetery in Petersburg, Illinois, has FATHER carved on the front of the upholstered seat cushion.  The highl- elaborate, Victorian-style stone chair gravestone is a memorial for Richard C. Trenary (December 16, 1829 – … Continue reading

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Praying Hands and the Rosary

The Rosary is a prayer to the Mother Mary with a tradition that dates back to St. Dominic in the 1200s.  This symbol, combined with praying hands, is Catholic and predominately found on the gravestones of Catholics.  The Rosary as … Continue reading

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Help!

In Victorian times, flowers took on significance as a way to send coded messages; this was known as floriography from the Latin combining flora—“goddess of flowers” and graphein—“writing”.  Each flower had a meaning that was conveyed to the viewer or … Continue reading

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Happy President’s Day, Happy Birthday George Washington

In 1885, Congress passed a law to recognize and celebrate George Washington’s birthday each February 22.  On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act (Pub.L. 90—363) and moved four holidays—Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Columbus Day and Washington’s birthday—to … Continue reading

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Variations

The Adolph Zang monument is a variation of the previous monuments found in Muncie, Brooklyn, and Colma, with the design being featured in the Dodds Granite Company catalog.  For one thing, the exedra is gone from this monument–only the monolith … Continue reading

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The New England Granite Works

EDWIN LISTER BORN SEPTEMBER 10, 1829 DIED MAY 18, 1898 LISTER The 12-foot high Edwin Lister monument stands on a slope in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York.  The monument was created by New England Granite Works Company … Continue reading

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