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BORN OCT. 25, 1852


DIED JULY 23, 1870

Emma Cornelia’s earthly remains were entombed at Woodward Hill Cemetery one short month after her marriage to B. Frank Saylor, a photographer in Lancaster.   Emma’s father was Rev. Dr. Emanual Greenwald, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster from 1867 until his death in 1885.  He probably performed both the marriage and burial of his daughter.  I find it strange that the stone has his name as “Greenwold” yet every other record shows him as “Greenwald.

Linda’s headstone of the week; Week #45

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Since we were so close to Arkansas, there would have been no excuse not to see Scott and Wendy in Green Forest.  After all, it was only 2 1/2 hours away!  While there I had to get a “cemetery fix” and Scott knew it and suggested we go to Yocum Cemetery in Green Forest.  Wendy has family buried there so the four of us headed on over.


The first interesting headstone we found belonged to Pistol Powell.  He had varied interests, from playing dominos to four-legged animals.  Wendy’s family was in the back of the cemetery so we were winding our way back there when we found this.  RobinetteClif

The Robinettes are part of Wendy’s family and Clifford has two headstones!  One you can see above and the other, below.  It is a military issued headstone and is in the same site as the one he shares with his wife.  We found that occurred throughout this cemetery.  robinettecliff1

As we walked from the area the Robinettes are buried in, we, of course, stopped to look at others.  Scott was fascinated by this seemingly homemade headstone for W.C. Callen who died 29 December 1938.

ScottIt was created out of a plain piece of stone, no particular shape, and Callen’s name and information appeared to be chiseled in it.  The headstone in the picture below was evidently made out of a type of stone that does not withstand the elements.  No matter how hard I try, I cannot read the name!  The stone is decaying away as are the remains of the person it is honoring.

NUNAlthough the shadows were long, we still had one more cemetery to visit!    Glenwood Cemetery was established by the IOOF and  Masonic organizations in 1904 according to the sign.  Not limited to just members of those organizations, citizens of the community were buried there also.

smartAlthough this appears to be a military type of headstone, it is doublemounted on slabs to keep it above the ground.  Pretty good idea in cemeteries that do not maintain the grounds as well as this one seems to.

SmartRubyRuby is buried next to Thomas with a similar style of headstone mounted the exact way.  Her headstone was evidently placed there at Thomas’ death and the dates added upon her death.

McNemarJesse McNemar’s headstone stood out to me for several reasons.  Number one, living in a “Northern State,” I very seldom see Confederate flags adorning headstones and number two, I’m impressed with the flag holders I’ve seen at this cemetery.  Thirdly, either this headstone is a replacement, or it has stood the test of time and weather well.  Pvt McNemar died almost 100 years ago and the headstone is clear, easy to read and appears as new.

WOWThis was the first Woodmen of The World monuments I’d seen in a long time!  It was difficult to read, but the round insignia towards the bottom gave it away.  I saw no others in this cemetery.

Woodmen of the World is a fraternal, beneficial organization that was founded in 1890.  It is still in existence today, providing insurance and a number of programs to their members.  In the early days of the organization, they also provided headstones in various log shaped styles.  They are easy to pick out in cemeteries due to this design.  They discontinued providing these headstones sometime in the 1920’s due to the cost involved.

TrantbamJohn Trantham’s headstone had a whole lot of symbolism going on! See the Dove and the road of life leading to the Gates of Heaven opening to receive him? At the bottom is the world, which he is leaving.  At the top is the IOOF insignia.  This is a beautiful headstone and the perfect one to close our day.

The sun was sinking behind the hills telling us our time was up.  We had seen several cemeteries, Eureka Springs, Thorncrown Chapel and spent time with Scott, Wendy and Stephen!  It had been a full day!

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My headstone of the week was found during our recent travels through the midwest. I found this headstone in Yocum Cemetery in Carroll County, Arkansas. This is indeed evidence that somebody misses their parents immensely! They miss them so much that they have even erected an iron rack to hold extra flowers! The rack is permanent and behind the headstone for James and Jennie DeLozier.

I had never seen anything quite like it and it is the reason it is

Linda’s Headstone of the Week for Week #44.

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What a quaint town St. James, Missouri is!  Too bad we weren’t there when things were open!  8:30 AM was even a little early for me, but we had to do it!  We were on our way to Saint Louie and our ascent up into the Arch!  Our first stop was the St. James City Cemetery, also known as the Masonic Cemetery.  StJamesThis beautiful gate catches your attention as you come down the highway towards Meramec Spring Park, but it is an exit only.  One can see why, when you see the width of it, and the angle a small car must approach it in order to enter.  We entered at the next gate, the larger, much wider one!  JamesPlotThe James plot stands out for several reasons.  Number one it is toward the front of the cemetery and just about the first thing you see, and number two, the surround is a work of masonry art.  The wrought iron work in the right rear corner has a cross at the top, and would look right with a bell hanging under it.  In the rear near Octavia James’ plot the brick eddifice seems to be a shrine with an urn of some type in it.  The three people buried in this site are Octavia, Jane Edwina and Edwin James.OctaviaIn the back of the site, next to the shrine, Octavia Bowles James’ grave can be found.  Octavia was married to the grandson of the founder of Meramec Iron Works Foundry, Thomas James.  Octavia was the mother of Lucy Wortham James, a philanthropist and benefactor to many.

Octavia had contracted tuberulosis and died in El Paso where she had relocated for her health.  Lucy was at her mother’s bedside when she died in 1894.  Upon her mother’s death, she went to live with her wealthy uncle, Richard G. Dunn, in New York.  Under her uncle’s care she was offered many opportunities she would have never had the chance to experience in St. James.  Upon his death, she acquired “a sizeable inheritance including a share of the Dunn fortune.  She eventually became owner of the R.G. Dunn and Company which later became Dunn and Bradstreet, Inc.”  James1

The site is well cared for, and one can only assume that a substantial endowment fund takes care of it.  I walked through seemingly fresh sand with nary a leaf in it.HeadleeS.H. Headlee’s will stipulated that he was to be buried in the Masonic Cemetery in St. James.  His monument is unique in the fact that it has a polished marble slab affixed to it that states:





Although close to 150 years old, this stone is still readable and erect.  Garretson P. Hardy died 19 May 1860 at the age of 57 years and has a beautifully hand carved memorial.  It is shaded and in a serene spot.  St James Vet
As we headed back to the I-70 we made a stop at the Veteran’s Home Cemetery.  It is neatly manicured, as well, a resembles many Veterans’ Cemeteries, with one exception.Thompson

You must read the headstones to see which is the wife, and which is the Veteran!  Wife’s are buried next to, with or behind their spouses.  Some of the stones are military type, some are regular headstones purchased from any monument company.  KintzI did find one Pennsylvania soldier and would have regretted it, had I not stopped and honored him.  It was pouring rain by this time and I was juggling an umbrella and a camera, but couldn’t stop until I felt I had to.

I had reached that point!  My feet were soaked and I risked getting my essential camera ruined.

I ran for the car and eagerly anticipated the next dry cemetery off of the I-70!


1staryel-1Christensen, Lawrence O, Dictionary of Missouri Biography,  (University of  Missouri Press, 1999), p. 431.

1staryel-1Mrs. Lucy Wortham James, Great-granddaughter of the founder of Maramec Iron Works, http://www.missouritrout.com/mrslwjames.html (August 2009).

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As we headed to my cousin’s memorial service in Rolla, Missouri, we had to take a break now and then, and what better way to stretch than to find an old, historic cemetery!  The first day on the road had been an exercise in futility. the second day, wasn’t!IMG_0076

We decided to stop in Vandalia, Illinois to see the Historic Statehouse where Abraham Lincoln began his political career.  It is the “Oldest Existing Illinois Captitol Building,” built in 1836.  It served as the State Capitol for 3 short years.  The grounds are manicured and beautiful. The eighth “Madonna of the Trail” that was dedicated stands on the corner of the State House grounds.  There are twelve of these, commissioned by the NSDAR.  They were placed in each of the twelve states that the National Highway or sometimes referred to as the National Old Trails Highway, went through.  The highway roughly follows the old Route 66 or Highway 40.  We love this highway and followed it from California across our nation.IMG_0085

These monuments were created by August Leimbach, a German immigrant. The first was dedicated July of 1928 (Springfield, Ohio) and the last April of 1929 (Bethesda, Maryland.)  They were created to honor the spirit of the women who traveled this trail with their families, providing love, support and courage.IMG_0074The “Old State Cemetery” is a short block away from the State House, and was THE destination after the Statehouse.  This marker was on a small incline as you entered the cemetery.IMG_0013One of the first things we noticed about this cemetery were these bronze markers placed throughout the cemetery.  They either had a history of the person, or the transcription of an aged and weathered headstone that was no longer legible.  We had a virtual history lesson of the area as we walked thru the cemetery!  Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our Historical Societies took this kind of interest in settlers of their community? MargaretIt appears that this old headstone has been cast into this cement slab to preserve it.  Another example of how important this cemetery is to the community.  sleethThe simplicity and size of this marker made it stand out.  It appears to be cast from some type of metal that stands the test of time.  It could have been on a larger monument at one time, I’m not sure, but it is very similar to what I refer to as “blue headstones.”  I find these every so often at various cemeteries.MaryHallThis is an example of a complete transcription.  Mary Hall and her son, James,  entire stone has been transcribed to this bronze marker.  remnantsMy guess would be that when the transcription project began this poor stone was already too far gone to be transcribed.  By leaving it to die a dignified death it honors the remains of the one sleeping under it.  CWNo old cemetery would be complete without at least one Civil War Hero, and Vandalia’s Old State Cemetery is no exception.  This entire monument has been treanscribed, but not on bronze markers.GreathouseThis one has been transcribed on a monument directly in front of the original monument.  Col. Greathouse was only 22 years old!  How any 22 year old Colonels do you know of today?  shermanDoes it appear odd that we have leaders from both sides commending this man?  Or is it just me?  How could they both had known him?  It would be interesting to pursue this further. . .

If only I had more time!

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HOTWOn our way back from Arkansas and Missouri, we decided to take “The National Road,” Route 40, through part of Ohio.  This decision proved to be the right one when I found one of the nicest, best kept and well cared for cemeteries I had ever seen!  The morning was overcast and the grass was wet, but I didn’t care, I had headstones to photograph and was practically running trying to get as many as I could!

Polk Grove Cemetery is in Butler Township, Montgomery County and according to the sign it was established in 1825.  There are some very old headstones and very recent headstones.  It is a large cemetery, well manicured and it seems as though they care for each and every headstone.  The above stone is evidence of just that care.  As you can tell, David Randall’s headstone was broken at one time.  It appears that somebody, many years ago, placed it in some sort of headstone mold and cemented around it to keep it intact.  The back of it resembles an ordinary headstone.

The fact that it was preserved sometime between 1862, when David died, and 2009,  impressed me and the is the reason why it is

Linda’s Headstone of the Week; Week #43.

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My headstone of the week for this week can be found in Lancaster Cemetery directly behind (or in front of, depending on where you are standing!) the monument of John F. Reynolds, the Civil War General who was killed on the first day of the Gettysburg battle.

This headstone reads:

AGE 76 YRS, 10 MOS, 24 DS

Jonathan Foltz was the father of Jonathan Foltz, the Surgeon General of the United States Navy.  According to an article in the NY Times on 12 November 1880*:

“It is of a particular color of stone, representing the trunk of an immense oak, and is so natural in color and design as to deceive persons at first glance into the belief  that it is really the stump of a tree.  Here father and son ~ the one honored and loved in the narrow circle in which he moved, the other distinguished in his country’s service ~ lie side by side.”

The article is right.  I did think it was a tree stump from a distance.  It is massive,  beautiful and stood the test of time.  It is the reason why it is

Linda’s Headstone of the Week; Week #42

*NY Times, Gleanings from the Mails, Lancaster’s Dead.  The Graves of Buchanan, Stevens, Reynolds, and Foltz., published Nov. 12, 1880,  <http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archivefree/&gt;

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I used to live just blocks from this cemetery and had never visited it until last week when we were early for a Doctor appointment in Lebanon.  As my husband pulled up to the gate he informed me that I had exactly eight minutes to photograph anything I wanted to!  I jumped from the car before it came to a complete stop on was on my way!


The first thing that caught my eye was this shaded, serene spot with three very large brass tablets.  I took the picture of the site and then went up to read the tablets.

HebronMoravian1The Moravian cemeteries are referred to as God’s Acre and burials are usually made in what is known as  a Choir System.  Men are buried in one section and women in another, chronologically, according to the order in which they leave their earthly life.  This is a practice still in use today in most Moravian cemeteries.  The “God’s Acre” part of Moravian Cemeteries have no fancy headstones, monuments or statues to distinguish one class of the congregation from another.  They are all flat stones, the same size as the next one.  Hebron, as well as it’s neighbor to the south, Lititiz Moravian Cemetery, each have a section that sites can be purchased in and monuments, statutes and upright stones can be used.  I will blog about Lititz at a later time since I do know a lot about that cemetery.  I used to be a member of that congregation.

datesThe picture above is a portion of one side of the tablet.  Each side lists the site number, the name of the person buried there and their birth and death years.  The middle of the tablet tells of some of the members of the old congregation and what they did in certain wars.   Don’t you wish every cemetery you visited had this type of information in a form that would withstand the weather?

gravesiteThis is an example of the number above the recumbent stone.

Hastily making my rounds through this cemetery, I next photographed a Civil War Cannon that was captured by the Confederates and later recaptured by the Union Army, according to the brass plaque on the cannon.  It was presented by the G.A.R. and dedicated in July of 1931.


Moving on I saw a huge boulder at the back entrance to the cemetery and not until I got to the other side did I realize that this, too, had a brass plaque on it!  This was erected in 1929  “under the auspices” of the Lebanon Historical Society, Swatara Tribe No. 276, Improved Order of Redman, Inc, The Lebanon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and other Patriotic Citizens.

BoulderI hurried out of “God’s Acre” and went to see a monument or two in the other section to photograph, but did not find anything out of the ordinary that caught my attention in that length of time.  I decided to head back to the car because I figured my time was up when I saw the wall by the gate and had to stop and take the picture.

WallI figure that the wall was erected after these people were buried, what do you think?  . . . and where exactly are the graves that those two headstones that are imbedded in the wall belong to?  The headstones are no longer readable as evidenced by the picture below.

wallstoneI figured my time was up so I hurried to the car, only to learn I still had a minute and a half!  I plan on coming back to this cemetery and spending more than eight minutes next time.

After all, I still have a minute and a half credit from this visit!

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