05 June 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Holton Oakwood Cemetery--Part Two

 I was fascinated by the way old and new graves are mingled together.  Now granted the older ones are no where near the age of New England or even those in south east Michigan, but a shiny new stone could be next to a warn obelisk style stone.
This close-up of the stone for George W. Whiteside (born 1820 and died 1908 I believe) is fairly weathered, but you can see the detail still visible of flowers on one side, and a sheaf of wheat above his name.
I was struck by this newer stone I saw.  I had not seen such granite stones with added color.  And here in Holton Cemetery, there were two.
 And less I think that pictures added to stones was a newer trend, this one is from 1973.  And there were several, with another of a baby who died in 1957!
 I enjoyed this stone and added it just because of the unique landscaping.  I wonder if there is any significance to the fact that the wheel is broken?
 Yet amidst the newer stones, and very near my in-laws is this stone for Edward Ruprecht who died April 2, 1897 at the age of 85 years, 2 months and 8 days.  A bit of a lean to it, but still clear and easily read.  With the same sheaf of wheat above his name too.
 This is one of the more elaborate stones in the  cemetery.  I find the name to be confusing.  I assume the last name is Cheyne, but it is on a separate section from the large slab with Cecil Bernard's name, as well of course, as his wife Helen.
And one last stone.  Henry Potter, born February 28 1853 and died July 4, 1903, has one of those wonderful zinc monuments.  I believe it was the only one there that I saw.

Hmmmm.  I wonder if he ever went by Harry?

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