Each cemetery is unique and has its own atmosphere. I enjoy the experience of slipping into that atmosphere and being taken back in time. The tombstones are silent witnesses to lives lived in earlier days. In my mind I form the sounds that once were their names and wonder about them. Were they builders, healers, dreamers? Did they do their best or just get by? Are they remembered? Do others have their faces, still know their names?
Once, I took a cemetery and tried to answer those questions. I transcribed the gravestone inscriptions, looked up obituaries and death records. Little by little, the stories of the people who rested in that cemetery emerged. I came to know the trusted bus driver, the lumbermill hero, the town founder who planted trees, the pioneer merchant, and the Englishwoman who helped birth a new community out of the wilderness. This cemetery rests beneath a spectacular mountain and bears its name--Mount Si Memorial Cemetery.
Each of us has their own reasons for visiting cemeteries, transcribing gravestone inscriptions, and taking photographs. It's personal why we do what we do. But it's also giving back to our society and helping to remember the people who went before us. There were so many and each of them lived their lives one day at a time, just like us.
Feel free to contact me about any memorials or photos I've posted.
RE: Currey Photos You're very welcome, Cheryl. I did put in the request to edit Merl's name although it later occurred to me that might have been a nickname. I posted my photo for Scott's side since I took it not knowing it was done already but I can delete it if you need the space, no problem.
RE: Wm. H. McCuen also found on ancestry.com the 1890 lincoln co., washington veterans census. it has many pages for lincoln co. it has william H. mccuen co. I. 10th minn. inft. notes at bottom of page says he has applied for a pension.
I'm related by blood to 31 souls at St. Joseph's, and to over 90% by marriage - it is a sacred place for me. I'm also working on a very extensive family tree if your husband ever wants to know about some of his Konieczny relatives - just let me know at email@example.com. (I am also on Ancestry.com)
May I ask if your husband knows how he is related to George and Annie Konieczny? I might already have him in the family tree - but those family members that left Minnesota have been very hard to find (not all states have contributed their birth/marriage records to Ancestry.com - and young generations have few records available at all).
If he prefers to remain anonymous, I totally understand!
Wonderful to meet you!
Best regards, Darcy Kashmark Moorhead, MN firstname.lastname@example.org