14 August 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Anscomb Cemetery

Once again, I am stretching the Newaygo county boundaries with this one.  This is located in nearby Muskegon county, but only barely. 
One evening after work, several years ago, my co-partner in crime Sandy, and another friend, Lois, went out determined to locate this cemetery.
As near as I can remember, (and take this with a grain if salt if you wish) this nearly abandoned cemetery was near an artillery shooting/practice range.  I guess either for a gun club, or the national guard.  Perhaps for the factory in Muskegon who used to manufacture tanks.  That part I am fuzzy on.  But as a result, cemetery and its grave stones and rumored former Indian mounds are nearly gone. 
 As you can see above, there are one or two stones in remarkable shape.  Allen and Maggie Anscomb only died in 1948 and 1936 respectively according to their stone.
Other, presumably older stones are much less clear.
 The best I can make out on the above stone is that it is the daughter of Allen and Maggie Anscomb.  Since the parents are buried in the previous stone, apparently it is a sibling or other family member who still remembers this grave with the silken lilies.
 The most noticeable feature of Anscomb cemetery is this small wrought iron enclosure.  How it managed to stay intact is probably a modern miracle.  Since the cemetery has been kept mowed, except for the interior of this, maybe the sexton has been keeping it up as best they can.
 Here is a closer view of the wrought iron fence, with the gate post.  The corners and gate posts were square structures.  There are flowers inside the plot, but also it was overgrown with ferns and other plants.  While rather rusty, perhaps someone still has a key to get inside and clear it occasionally.  If you look closely, in the background, you can see Sandy and Lois pulling weeds and generally tidying the grounds. 
This is one of the few upright stones, and you can see where it has apparently was broken off just above the plaque-like section with the name.  Also, if there was a finial on top, that is long gone.  This stone for James Anscomb, who died in (I think) either 1883 or 1888 is still fairly clear, and again, with flowers below, proves that someone still is taking care of this cemetery, despite the treatment it received in the past.

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