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Chris (#46808630)
 member for 11 years, 5 months, 13 days
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Everyone deserves to be remembered.

My goal is to photograph all the cemeteries in Floyd County Iowa. When I photograph the grave of someone I've known during my lifetime I take a moment to remember them. Some I haven't thought about in years and it's like "Wow, I remember you" and all the special things about that person pop into my head.
I want to give a shout out to my son for going with me to the cemeteries and helping to take photos. It's very much appreciated.
Cemeteries I'm currently photographing:
Cemeteries where photos will be added over the next few months:

Hillside Marble Rock 2014
Oakwood, Floyd 2014
Westside, Marble Rock 2014
Beckwith 2014
Park 2014
Evergreen 2013/2014 burials
Rock Grove 2014
Flood Creek 2014
Cedar View, Chickasaw 2014
Cemeteries where all identified photos have been added:

Spring Grove 2014
Dresden St. John's, 2005-2014 burials
Riverside, Charles City 2006-2014 Burials
Riverton, 2014
Sunnyside Memory Gardens, 2014
Howardville, 2014
West St. Charles, 2014
Riverside, Rockford 2014
Evergreen, 2013
Ulster Township, 2013
St. Mary's, Roseville 2011 (with my sister)
Riverside, Charles City 2007 (with my sister)
Dresden St. John's, Chickasaw County, 2005
Cemeteries that still need photographing:
If you find that I am managing a memorial for a close family member and you want to manage it, just let me know and I will happy to transfer it to you.

Please feel free to use the photo that I have added to a family member's memorial for your personal use. Please do NOT add my photos to other fag memorials without giving proper credit to me.
If anyone would care to make a small donation to the St. Charles/Riverside Cemetery for their gravestone cleaning and restoration project it would be most appreciated as it is a non-profit cemetery.

Donations can be sent to the Riverside Cemetery Association at 59 Riverside Drive, Charles City, Iowa 50616. Please indicate that it is for the gravestone and restoration project.
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SFC Shirley Ann Smith
Memorial transfer
Respectfully request transfer of my Great grandmother memorial 133878067 Lena Vorhes. I'm combining both memorials together. I have add her parents, husband and correct name. I'm finding to many duplicates so I just combine them. Thanks
Added by SFC Shirley Ann Smith on Mar 13, 2017 5:44 PM
SFC Shirley Ann Smith
A prayer for you and sister
My prayers are with you and your sister and for a speedy recovery. May God Bless
Added by SFC Shirley Ann Smith on Mar 06, 2017 12:41 PM
SFC Shirley Ann Smith
Duplicate memorials for my Great Grandmother Evelina "Lena" Brunner Vorhes
Memorial#: 95876459 Evelina "Lena" Brunner Vorhes created by: DM Scott 2012 maintained by me is the correct memorial for my Great Grandmother.

Memorial #: 133878067 Lena Vorhes created by: Chris 2014 is a duplicate.

May of my family use nicknames on their stone instead of their birth name which makes it confusing.

You and DM Scott have done a great job with my family's memorials. Over 95% of Hillside and West Side Cemeteries in Marble Rock is my family to include my Mother, Father, 2 Brothers--who passed to young.

I'd appreciate your assistance in the duplication of my Great Grandmother's memorial.

Added by SFC Shirley Ann Smith on Mar 06, 2017 5:36 AM
Brian Burt
Another Grave Not Listed?
I came across an obituary that may interest you:

Article from The Buffalo Center Tribune
September 13, 1900

Orra L., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Hawn, was born in Floyd county, Iowa, on September 18, 1892, and died September 7, 1900; aged 7 years, 11 months and 19 days.
Orra was next to the youngest child and was obedient and thoughtful, giving his parents very little trouble. He met his death by a kick from a horse on last Friday; he was running along past the horses as they were drinking at the well and startled one of them which kicked very viciously, striking the boy in the right side, the force of the blow knocking him about twenty feet. The doctor was summoned in all haste, but before he arrived little Orra had passed into the great beyond. Upon examination by the doctor it was found that beside internal rupture, his spinal column was fractured.
After a prayer service held at the house in which Rev. McNeal of this place and Rev. Matthis of Germania participated, the remains were taken to Ledyard and shipped to Marble Rock for burial. The funeral service was held in the M.E. church at Marble Rock at 11 o'clock Sunday morning and the remains were interred in the family lot in the cemetery at that place.

In memory of my Dear Schoolmate Orra

There stood beside a grassy mound
A little casket fair
And many gazed as if the bloom
Of Eden withered there

A little casket short and fair
Receivied a sigh from all
For in it dear Orry lay
His parents loved so well

I saw his mother at the head
Like mother stood in grief
And every parental tear she shed
It seemed to give relief

They raised the little casket lid
That hid him from her view
And bending over the casket lid
She gazed her last adieu

Oh mother, weep not for your child
Angels for him was sent
He was a flower here on earth
Not given only lent

Written by Mabel Walton
Added by Brian Burt on Feb 08, 2017 12:07 PM
SFC Shirley Ann Smith
RE: Max Ripley
Added by SFC Shirley Ann Smith on Feb 04, 2017 9:25 AM
Susan Guesnon
Claire E Peterson - Sunnyside Iowa
Thank you for photographing my Dad's headstone as it was not placed when we were there for the service. I wanted to add his obituary info but am not sure how to do that. Are you the only one that can make edits? I would also like to eventually add a photo.

Thank you so much for sharing your time!
Susan Guesnon (daughter of Claire Peterson)

Obituary for Claire Peterson

Claire Ernest Peterson was born on July 8, 1931 in Floyd County, Iowa, the son of Christian and Una Perry Peterson. He was rasied and educated in Floyd County and the Charles City area. He married in 1966 and raised his family in California. He served his country in the United States Army from 1949 to 1970. During that time he served tours of duty in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam, and received the Bronze Star with V Device for Valor in 1967.

Pete is survived by his children: Susan (Gary) Guesnon of California; Kim (Bill) Snell of California; Chris (Christine) Peterson of Issaquah, Washington; two brothers: Wayne Peterson of Elk Run Heights and Kenneth Peterson of Charles City; five grandchildren:Mallory Claire, Caitlyn, Paige and Christian Guesnon and Cooper Snell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and two sisters.

Added by Susan Guesnon on Feb 02, 2017 11:30 PM
RE: Donald Gardner
ok, thanks!
Added by Gibbens/Gaeta on Jan 31, 2017 6:21 PM
Carman DM
Jason Bennett
Chris, are you related to Jason Bennett? I am connected to his brother Lucius and would love to find out more information on the family. Thanks, Carman Bennett Merritt
Added by Carman DM on Dec 08, 2016 1:01 PM
Dixie Armstrong
Thank you
You were right. The mistake was where the original memorials were placed. The other contributor corrected that yesterday. I meant no offense - thank you for your diligence and what you've done for the F.A.G. Community.
Thanks again
Added by Dixie Armstrong on Nov 26, 2016 7:32 AM
Dixie Armstrong
I've found that you have created a duplicate memorials for the following decedants:

132360158 Nannie Emmel (1890-1985)
132360127 Henry Emmel (1884-1971)

Yours may not be the mistake, but yours were created in 2014.

The other memorials were created in 2012 and are as follows:

95810304 Nannie Margaret Sindt Emmel (1890-1985)
95810241 John Henry Emmel (1884-1971)

They were created by Contributor DM Scott #47110289
The original memorials have children connected. Could you check your records and see if yours were made in mistake?

Thank you,
Dixie Armstrong
Added by Dixie Armstrong on Nov 24, 2016 7:08 PM
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