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Salvarsan (#47181938)
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Army Blanket, Olive Drab - 1922

You have my expressed permission to use any of my photos (or the following commentary):

Who would hold hostage - under the fictive pretense of copyright - the photo of a grave stone?

I have not changed my opinion on copyright, but for those of you who feel strongly about protecting your copyright...

Have you noticed that Ancestry is posting ALL of your copyright-protected photos on their profit-driven website?

Why isn't that a violation of your copyright?

The only valuable grave stone photo: Jimmy Hoffa

Sick and obnoxious: creating a memorial page for somebody you know is still alive.


King, Wisconsin

As of 15 Jun 2013, I have photographed every visible headstone in this cemetery - all have been posted.

That's over 6,500 headstones.

With that many photographs, they can't all be "great".

If you would like me to take a more thoughtful photograph - better lighting, background, grass trimmed away, etc - feel free to ask.

I have researched every headstone up to and including Word War I. I have published two books, which list all of these burials and include selected biographical sketches and cross-reference lists:

The Muffled Drum (Civil War) 2013

The Ghostly Bugles (Indian Wars thru WWI) 2014


For context, see the message I received on 8 Jan 2015, from an account holder who believes "military rank is meaningless", military service should "forgotten", and that you must die in a war to have rank applied to your memorial.

Following military customs and courtesies, men and women who died while in service should have their rank applied to their memorial page as a prefix.

Following military customs and courtesies, and federal law; men and women who RETIRED from the military are also authorized to "take their rank with them" after their service. Their rank should also be applied to their memorial page as a prefix.

RETIRED could mean a 20-30+ year career of honorable service, or it could mean a much shorter service period that ended in a medical retirement - eg, a Private who suffered a severe combat wound before serving even a year.

Of course, if the deceased veteran had expressed another preference, then it should be honored.

TO FINDAGRAVE: The drop-down choices for PREFIX need to be updated, corrected, and appended. There is "WO" and "CWO", but only one kind of Lieutenant? Only 2 kinds of SGT? Since when is CORP an appropriate abbreviation for Corporal? (should be CPL)


Oft I remember those I have known
In other days, to whom my heart was lead
As by a magnet, and who are not dead,
But absent, and their memories overgrown.

With other thoughts and troubles of my own,
As graves with grasses are, and at their head
The stone with moss and lichens so o'er spread,
Nothing is legible but the name alone.

And is it so with them? After long years.
Do they remember me in the same way,
And is the memory pleasant as to me?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Michael Arthur
RE: Peter Sorenson #103003583
saw the pic you sent for eva and emma Sorenson...thanks very much but is it possible to get a pic of the headstones where i can read whats on them...thanks again
Added by Michael Arthur on May 02, 2015 6:50 PM
Michael Arthur
RE: Peter Sorenson #103003583
his wife would be a big help...thanks
Added by Michael Arthur on May 02, 2015 6:36 PM
RE: Teal
The link worked - thanks! What an interesting read.
Added by myWIgenealogy on Apr 29, 2015 8:23 PM
thanks for that really informative bit about William Teal. It was pretty amazing to read. Are you related to him? He is the father of two girls who married into my family tree.

Thanks for sharing all that information... It really makes a memorial feel like they were a person with a story and not just a page.

Added by myWIgenealogy on Apr 28, 2015 2:04 AM
Reverend Larry
Thank You!
I laughed when I read your opinion. I agree!
Please keep on shooting your pictures.
Cpl Lawrence Taylor, USMC 1967-1969
Added by Reverend Larry on Apr 26, 2015 10:35 AM
John Robert Marks
Leonard and Jean Reek
Thank you so much for responding to my photo request for the grave markers of Leonard and Jean Reek. I so appreciate your special effort in taking such fine photographs.
Added by John Robert Marks on Apr 24, 2015 6:39 AM
RE: Dorothy (Willis) Walker
thanks for thinking 'ahead' and getting Dorothy's photo also - I appreciate all that you do for all of us out there searching!
Added by Robin on Apr 20, 2015 9:32 PM
William and Viola Willis
Thank you so much for being my photographer in Wisconsin! Your time is so appreciated.
Sincerely, Robin
Added by Robin on Apr 20, 2015 9:08 PM
Diane Lohff
Irvin Hohn
Thank you for the photo of Irvin Hohn's headstone. Diane
Added by Diane Lohff on Apr 18, 2015 9:08 PM
RE: Edward & Anna Smith - Plainfield, Waushara County, WI
Thank you for taking the time to take the photo of the gave "site" for the family. All too often the older markers have been destroyed or become grown over with grass or covered with earth over the years . . . I will share your information with the family.

I married into the family but my husband and children are direct descendants of Edward & Anna Smith. Our line are descendants of the Smiths that moved to the western part of the country, but I am in contact with a few of the Smiths who remained in the east.

Once again, thank you for your assistance!!!

Added by Leslie85223 on Apr 13, 2015 11:09 AM
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