Come, look with me inside this drawer, In this box I've often seen, At the pictures, black and white, Faces proud, still, serene. I wish I knew the people, These strangers in the box, Their names and all their memories Are lost among my socks. I wonder what their lives were like, How did they spend their days? What about their special times? I'll never know their ways. If only someone had taken time To tell who, what, where, or when, These faces of my heritage Would come to life again. Could this become the fate Of the pictures we take today? The faces and the memories Someday to be passed away? Make time to save your stories, Seize the opportunity when it knocks, Or someday you and yours could be The strangers in the box.
The limbs that move, the eyes that see, These are not entirely me; Dead men and women helped to shape The mold which I do not escape; The words I speak, my written line, These are not uniquely mine. For in my heart and in my will Old ancestors are warring still, Celt, Roman, Saxon, and all the dead From whose rich blood my veins are fed, In aspect, gesture, voices, tone, Flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone; In fields they tilled I plow the sod, I walk the mountain paths they trod; And round my daily steps arise The good and bad of those I comprise.
by English author Richard Rolle, written over 600 years ago.
Memorial photo Dear mblkwell, You added a photo to memorial# 97290207(John W. Litzman). I just made a memorial for his wife, Alma Lierman Litzman(161468952). Would you please add the same photo to her memorial, or else give me permission to do it? I sure would appreciate the favor. Thank you very much. Monty Williams
Actually Ima Jean Rial married 4 men: 1. Jackson W Fielder, #144157040, m. bef. 4-4-1940 2. Kenyon Gilbert Wellman, #97573390, m. 11-10-1966, div. 8-1-1974 3. Billy Kurtz West, #101569010, m. 1976 4. Steve Pace Ehrhardt, #139513397, m. 1996
Memorial #101568893 Got a naming convention question. This lady started life named Ima Rial (I've submitted an edit with her parents' memorials). In 1976 she married Billy Kurtz West (#101569010), who died in 1993. Then in 1996, she married Steve Pace Ehrhardt (also his second marriage). However she was buried with her first husband (not unusual, I realize) but the gravemarker was cast with the two last names in reverse order and her maiden name was omitted. The Ehrhardt name should be replaced with Rial as her maiden name but the Ehrhardt name should be in the memorial name, I think, since it is part of the marker name. What is the correct way to handle this unusual situation?
Note that I also submitted an edit to #139513397 to associate his 2nd wife, which hopefully will also show him as her second husband.
Oscar H Heatherington Hi, I submitted an edit on a memorial you created for Oscar H Heatherington. His middle name is listed as Horace, by his son who was the informant on Oscars death certificate. However, on Oscar's WWI Draft Registration card, his middle name is listed as Harrison, and it is signed by Oscar himself as " Oscar Harrison Heatherington". This is the proper Oscar, because his wife Josephine is listed also. His son was mistaken about his middle name, which wouldn't be unusual. Informants often make errors in giving information on death certificates. Please look at his WW I registration. Thank You Mark