A week or so ago, while it was really cold, I saw a picture in my Facebook feed from a site I follow call "Vintage History". The lady who runs this shows all manner of vintage items, from
pictures of people, to old buildings, to vintage items.
That day, she showed a picture of a distinctive funeral stone, and
it happened to be in a local cemetery, so I promised myself that
the first time it was decent out, I would run over there and find it.
I did, today.
I went right to the sexton's office, and luckily,
found him there.
He knew exactly what I was talking about, and directed me straight to it,
because this is a LARGE cemetery.
This is the beautiful old memorial to the five Weed Children, and please notice, their dad was a doctor.
I posted this on Facebook today, and one of my friends said "Creepy!" .
It IS sort of creepy, but also very sad. I'll show you the dates a little closer.
Viola, born May 28, Died May 29, 1860
Lucien C., born December 8, 1861, Died July 20, 1862
Charlotte, Born March 10, Died August 18, 1863
Leonard and Buena Vista, twins,
born January 22, died March 2, 1865
I could not find a stone for the parents, that was the sad thing.
How many times did their mother stand in front of this stone, and think of their
little faces, here so briefly?
The drape signifies death.
I spent over an hour there, praying for everyone as I walked.
Father Oliver 41, Son Daniel, 14 years old,
Massacred by Cheyenne Indians in Meade County, Kansas.
August 24, 1874
There really was a frontier, and if you notice, that's AFTER the Civil War.
There is beautiful statuary.
Though maybe it depends on the angle of the angel.
Mount Muncie Cemetery looks across to the national cemetery where Keith and I will rest one day.
I wish you could have heard the wind soughing in the pine trees up on this ridge.
I would be a little apprehensive in the dark there.
There are beautiful mausoleums that appear not to have been entered in many years.
Rufus was only one of many military men in this family, and
he fell during the Civil War.
Here's our angel in a little better light... instead of being avenging, she is
pointing the way to heaven.
Another family who lost four children as infants.
No wife's name, the poor mother.
The Sudendorff family also lost many children, and I was stunned to walk around on the east side of the monument and find...
There were so many, that Louisa was all by herself on the side.
These children were buried in a ring around the monument.
I cannot imagine losing baby after baby. We do know that there was a diptheria
epidemic here at one time, and many were buried in mass graves.
These were individual deaths.
Another beautiful stone.
I will be going back, there is so much to explore.