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Almost Cemetery Fences

The destruction and desecration of gravesites disturbs my very soul and to see these old burial sites allowed to simply return to nature fills my heart with gladness…

Always Backroads

The cemetery from the time when Elephant Butte Dam was being built (about 1916 but there are a few newer graves) is guarded by a couple of ‘no trespassing’ signs.  No fence, just the fence posts.  no trespassing

And this is what they guard.  This is the newer grave (R. J. Schmalhausen, 1861-1932).
EB fenced grave

Most graves that can be seen are just piles of rocks overgrown with cactus and creosote.  This one had a nice fence once, but I think the cactus protects the grave more than the metal fence ever did.

EB grave cactus

Here’s an overview of the cemetery.  Not many family members visit to put flowers on the graves.  But the other day there were bluebirds decorating the area.  Very nice.

EB cemeteryI’ll link with Friday Fences, although mine are minimal.

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Preserving Our History…

Cemeteries are the repositories of our Social History. Near to Wollongong, New South Wales, the Waterfall General Cemetery – also known as Garrawarra Cemetery tells of a different time in Australia.  A time long past when the scourge of Tuberculosis was a living reality.

Time passes, we forget our social history and the lives of our Ancestors become lost if the stories are not passed on and especially if the physical reminders are removed from the Landscape. Waterfall General Cemetery – also known as Garrawarra Cemetery – operated from 1909 to 1949. This cemetery lies north west of Helensburgh, and is in the care of Wollongong City Council. Although it has fallen into disrepair, there is a determination to preserve this reminder of that which has gone before.

Copyright © 2013 Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

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Oh Danny Boy…

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Dear Ancestor

Dear Ancestor

“Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn

You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh and blood and bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own

Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so
I wonder how you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you.”

-Walter Butler Palmer

Walter Butler Palmer

Walter Butler Palmer

Walter Butler Palmer was by born, 22 Jun 1868 in Prairie Center, LaSalle, Illinois. He was the son of Ephraim Milo Palmer and Sarah Henderson Butler. He married Irena B. Lardin on 25 Sep 1889. A year and a half later, Irena died on May 1891.

He married 2nd wife Mary Frances White on 11 Dec 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. They were the parents of two children; Burton White Palmer and Margaret Allison Palmer. He was a family historian, breeder of trotting and show horses, and an accomplished poet.

He wrote the above poem “Dear Ancestor” in 1906 whilst visiting the grave of his great grandfather; Ephraim Palmer (1760-1852).

Walter Butler Palmer died 6 Jun 1932 in Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois.


PLEASE NOTE:  This entire poem, clarification of the poet and his biography came from the following website for which I’m very grateful and happily acknowledge the source.http://www.tmgenealogy.com/2013/06/dear-ancestor-poem.html

Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

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South Australia has a new “Burial and Cremations Bill 2013” which had been “assented” but has not yet commenced because the Regulations have not yet been written which would allow it to pass into law.

This Blog site is a work in progress and very soon a huge amount of information about this new Bill, how it changes matters and where the “same old … same old” continue.

Please be patient and I’ll get the info online ASAP    🙄
In the meantime, please have a look at the “ABOUT” page which describes the purpose of this Blog and also the “DEDICATION” page.  The “OTHER GRAVE TALK” tab above will also provide a lot of information.

Cheers, Catherine.

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