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jane austin (#48482449)
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Bio Photo If I took a photo you'd like for your own personal use, I would be honored if you displayed it. You may credit me with my FindaGrave # shown at the top of this page.

If you need a photo from this area, I'll do my best to get it for you during good weather.

I am currently working on photographing cemeteries local to me in O'Brien, Buena Vista, Cherokee and Clay Counties, Iowa. I build on the work of others who have worked or who are currently working these cemeteries. It really is a group project. My husband joins me when he's able to and he's really good at deciphering those old worn stones that are half buried. And he's not afraid of snakes. And he's good company.

I no longer look for new photo requests; instead, I photograph the entire cemetery and if yours is there, we'll get it! I do check back with the cemetery from time to time after it's been 100% walked and fulfill requests that have come in for new burials or reshoot requests.

Sometimes my photos are great. Sometimes they're good. Sometimes they're not. If I post a photo to your memorial that disturbs you, please let me know and I will remove it until such time that I can get back to it.

We use the FindaGrave mobile app now. It's expensive to do so on this scale, but it saves me lots of computer desk hours. We like it a lot.

I'd like to thank everyone who sends edits. I spend 90% or more of my findagrave time in the cemeteries, so your input is valuable to me.

Finished Spring/Summer/Fall of 2015
(with "Finished" meaning that I've given it my best shot - pun intended - and am moving on. I believe that the entire cemetery has been photographed and recorded.)

Finished: Calvary, Sutherland, O'Brien
Finished: Covey Church,Highland,O'Brien
Finished: Doyle Cemetery, Highland, O'Brien
Finished: Fanny Fern, Douglas Twp, Clay
Finished: Friends, Mapleside, O'Brien
Finished: Liberty, Calumet, O'Brien
Finished: Lone Tree, Everly, Clay
Finished: Oakdale, Peterson, Clay
Finished: Pleasant Hill, Primghar, O'Brien
Finished: Prairie View, Paullina, O'Brien
Finished: St AnthonysCatholicCalvary,Primghar
Finished: St Johannes, Brooke, Buena Vista
Finished: St John, Germantown, O'Brien
Finished: Spring Twp Cemetery, Cherokee
Finished: TriMello, Moneta, Clay
Finished: Waterman, Sutherland, O'Brien
Finished: West Prairie View, Paullina,O'Brien

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Dennis Harmsen
Frick Photos
Thank you for the gravestone photos of George and Lena Frick in Pleasant View Cemetery, Hartley, Iowa. Much appreciated.
Added by Dennis Harmsen on May 31, 2016 9:36 AM
Ralph Gowen
RE: Albertena Mary Allen Gowen
Albertena and Stella were sisters.

Added by Ralph Gowen on May 31, 2016 7:00 AM
Don Peterson
RE: 10488032 Paul Kahler
You're welcome, de nada:)
Added by Don Peterson on May 29, 2016 8:32 AM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
RE: Nancy Sorague
Nancy was actually born in Vermont in 1838. Her true legal name was Mary Ann Nancy Sprague i found the birth record
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on May 25, 2016 11:59 PM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
RE: Charley
And the portrait is posted. Now you can put a face to the name of the person that eluded you for so long
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on May 25, 2016 9:06 PM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
RE: Charles Wesley Sprague
Charles is the brother of Isaac Asa Sprague. His parents are Isaac Sprague and Navy Jaquith. I have already got him linked up via edits. If you need help connecting them please let me know. If you send me your email i can send you my whole Sprague family tree. They were a lil challenging at first but i believe i have the tree together now. They spread out because they were quakers and some of them move for the purpose of arranged marriage or occupation. My email is
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on May 25, 2016 8:47 PM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
RE: Jessie
Thank you. You are very welcome. Thank you for photgraphing my ancestor's graves and creating the memorials. By chance do you know if all these Spragues are in a family plot? They mostly seem to be buried at Prarie View even when passing in other states.
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on May 25, 2016 8:22 PM
Thanks so much for all the time and effort you have put in. It is wonderful to have a place to see my family.
Paul Niebuhr
Added by Paul on May 23, 2016 5:22 PM
Dennis Harmsen
RE: Frick Photos
I know what you mean (not the keys locked in the car!). I like going out and finding the graves no one else has taken, some even the memorials have yet to be made. I was at a small rural cemetery looking for someone in the 1880's. Found a grave stone up along the fence line with nothing on it. I decided to look on the back side... there was all the information! Some how, someone, placed this stone backwards, facing the fence! There was just enough space to work my camera in to take a picture. Then there are some you see that are flat to the ground and almost completely covered up. Sad. Now watch those car keys! Thanks for your pleasant note.
Added by Dennis Harmsen on May 23, 2016 8:52 AM
Mary Sicard
Hartley burials
Thanks for sending me obits.
Added by Mary Sicard on May 22, 2016 7:59 PM
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