20 April 2010

Tombstone Tuesday--Hillside Cemetery

This week's cemetery, Hillside is one of our southernmost cemeteries. Located near the farming community of Grant, is is fairly flat and as you can see below a neatly kept cemetery that is still currently used. Look how straight the rows. Not many trees, except around the edges, near the road and drives. Just a few shrubs here and there.
And speaking of shrubs. Remember my rant about not planting trees too near the stones? The same applies to the smallish evergreen bushes. Even small bushes can become large. So don't plant them in front of the stones! See this example?
Since I was able to make out the letters "obinso" I will hazard a guess it is for the Robinson family. But most of the other information is obscured. Now look at this one.
Again the two bushes flanking the stone, but this time behind it far enough that the stone remains readable. And what a stone!
You know how I love a good old homemade stone. Like my Aunt Lyla's stone that my father made, this one is made of cement and not that long ago, only after 1988. While some of the limestone chips have fallen out, it is clear to read yet: In loving memory Hazel Olson 1915-1988. There appears to be more writing at the base also in limestone chips. That however I am unable to make out. Don't you love the flowers though? I cannot decide if they are inlaid somehow or simply colored on somehow. And how poignant is that little tipped urn?
Ok, away from the syrupy chatter. I really love this memorial. While it isn't labeled in our picture file, I am guessing that this is where the community's Memorial Day and Veteran's Day observances are held. Stark and simple and lovely.
I always enjoy the older obelisk tower stones. This one for Timothy, however, has a bolt sticking from the top, so apparently it lost its finial. I wonder if that is where the cross came from? Or if you look closely, there is another small stone leaning on the other side of the base. Could that be the original top of the stone?
But one of most striking difference between this cemetery and most others I've posted about recently?
The only cement borders seem to be on the road, and not around graves. I think that helps to account for the straight, unbroken rows.

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