Monday, May 31, 2010

Creepy Crawly Spider Friends

Just some beauties I found.  Oh how I miss my various lenses.  If I had them these would have been much better.

Sad Story

(Located at Flint Creek Cemetery in Gallatin, AR)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Just A Photo I Like

Sunday Styles: Fieldstone markers

Fieldstone - A stone taken from the ground’s surface. Often placed at the head and sometimes the foot of a grave to mark its location. Fieldstones are found primarily in graveyards that were established before sources of gravestones were available in the area, or where lack of stone carving skills or limited economic circumstances made use of fieldstones necessary.

Friday, May 28, 2010

My Famous File: Isaac Hull

(Located in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Found this in the kid's section

Not sure why...

But interesting just the same.  I spotted this gleaming black cube from the top of the hill.  Of course I had to go check it out.

Beneath the cube Reads:
James Lex Cook
Nov 10, 1958 - Dec 29, 1983
Life is a grain of sand in the desert of eternity.
Lex 1981

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Baby Ruth

(Located at I.O.O.F Cemetery in Neosho. MO)

She has obviously seen some rough times. Thankfully, someone has repaired her in a good way,  no oozy concrete.  She is very pretty and sadly has no last name on her stone. She is resting next to a couple with the last name of Rudy so maybe that's her last name.  I have been unable to find any info about her.  But the name makes me think about the candy bar which probably wasn't around during her day.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Just A Photo I Like

Spider Web? How Odd...

Spider web? I found this to be an odd thing to place on a stone.

(Located at Mount Comfort Cemetery in Fayettville, AR)

Then I did a little research and it explained everthing. So it never hurts to Google the name.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Horrible Death of Mr. A.L. Maupin

(Located in Prairie Grove Cemetery in Prairie Grove, AR)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Just A Photo I Like

Sunday Styles: Eclectic monument

Eclectic markers  - they tends to be large and incorporate two or three styles in one structure. This type of marker commonly has a flat screen (for inscriptions). These monuments are generally massive and made of granite but not alway.

(Located at Fairview Cemetery in Joplin, MO)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Soaring Like An Eagle - The Interesting, The Odd, The Beautiful...For the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival

I spotted this unique marker from the entrance of Mount Comfort Cemetery in Fayetteville, AR.  Immediately,  I headed in its direction just to see what it was.  I was pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful tribute tucked in between two very average stones as if it belonged in all its glorious splender. 

I hope the family will continue to maintain this beautiful piece. I fear it will be lost to the elements in a short amount of time. I believe it to be handcarved from wood.

Saturday's Symbol: B.P.O.E. - The Elks

The Elks - Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

Friday, May 21, 2010

Just A Photo I Like

My Famous File: Dr. Margaret Pittman

(Located at Prairie Grove Cemetery in Prairie Grove, AR)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Is It Just Me Or Are They A Bit Creepy Looking?

Complete With Real Skulls

I found this uniquely beautiful and interesting grave site at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Eureka Springs, AR.  It belongs to Annie Applemar.  She was 19 years old when she passed in 1991.  I was told that this is an Indian Spirit Bed. I have not been able to find any more information about her or the grave.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Great idea!

Cemetery sheep 'mowers' give Highway 49 drivers something to chew on - Auburn Journal

1878 Woman College Graduate

I find this pretty amazing. A woman graduating college in a time when women weren't allowed much.  Also a beautiful stone to boot.

(Located in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Neosho, MO)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

In Memory of Confederate Dead

(Located in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Neosho, MO)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Joplin, MO Train Crashes Into Motor Car, Aug 1914

(Located at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Neosho, MO)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Does anyone else pay attention to the buildings at cemeteries?

I have always found the buildings that are either in or right next to cemeteries rather interesting.  In my area of the world most are run down and no longer in use.  There are a few still in use but not many and if they are they are either used for storage or active churches.  Here are a few I have collected this year.

These are either abandoned or used for storage.

Located in Benton County, AR
Building #1

Sunday Styles: Pilaster columns

Pilaster columns are a type of column, but are a combination of the obelisk and the column monument. The pilaster column has a square or rectangular shaft and is either flat topped or topped with an urn.

Sometimes pilaster columns are referred to as pedestals.

(Located at Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, MO)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

So beautiful and sad at the same time.

(Located at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA)

Saturday Symbols: Brotherhood of American Yeomen (B. A. Y.)

The B. A. Y. was yet anouther insurance organization the is no longer in existence.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Being prepared for the whole family.

I have seen a great number of stones with names only on one half, not so odd, but I have never seen it done this way before.

(Located at Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, MO)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Killed by Accident"

This is the oldest marked grave at Love Cemetery. Sadly the stone had to be replaced with an exact duplicate because of vandalism in 1995.

(Located at Love Cemetery in Dean Springs, AR)

Husb. of
Elizabeth Ford
Killed on Mill Creek
through mistake
Apr. 23, 1870
45 Years

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Legend says...

I found this grave at Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren, AR.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A touch of the Far East.

I found this interesting stone at Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, MO.

Many thanks to Chris (a Find A Grave contributor) for the translation. He transcribed it this way:

"They hail from Guangdong Province, China, so I will assume their names are in Cantonese. The surname for both is Lau. (In Chinese names, the surname comes first.) On the left, the man's given name is Tai Tou. On the right, the woman's given name is Mei Chan. They are most likely father and daughter."

Benjamin & Cherubia Vaughan

(Picture from the cover of THE VAUGHANS, Volume 1, authored by Mickey Weise Vaughan.)

(Located at Clifty Cemetery in Clifty, AR)