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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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The Train Wreck

ERWIN J. GNAU Son of J. & E. M. GNAU BORN April 2, 1889 Died Sep 1, 1891   NORMA C. GNAU Dau of J. & E. M. GNAU Born Oct. 12, 1884 Died Sept. 1, 1891 The sweet carving … Continue reading

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Supermodel Muse

ASA HEALD MELVIN BORN SEPTEMBER 26, 1834 KILLED IN BATTLE BEFORE PETERSBURG VA JUNE 16, 1864 JOHN HEALD MELVIN BORN JULY 27, 1841 DIED IN A MILITARY HOSPITAL AT FORT ALBANY VIRGINIA OCTOBER 13, 1863 SAMUEL MELVIN BORN APRIL 9, … Continue reading

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His Last Trip

Killed at New Albany North Y. while on duty for the Monon R. W. Co. EMORY L. SON OF J. N. & E. A. TITZEL BORN SEP. 15. 1880 DIED DEC. 20. 1902 HIS LAST TRIP C. R. Salyards of … Continue reading

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