Wednesday, September 8, 2010

MONUMENT AND GRAVE MARKERS OF MAX HASSEL AND THE HASSEL FAMILY - Kesher Zion Cemetery, Cumru Township, Berks County, PA



In honor of the Jewish New Year I post today and tomorrow photos from two of the Jewish cemeteries near my home. Today is the monument and grave markers of the Hassel Family, a very prominent family in Berks County for many years. The most famous member, Max, was a well known bootlegger and philanthropist and, unfortunately, was murdered in 1933 at only age 32. When Prohibition ended Max, who never carried a gun and only wanted to be a successful businessman, wanted to break his connection with the Mob and go legit. The Mob's answer - Max got a bullet in the head. His life story is very interesting and is chronicled in a wonderful book by a good friend of mine, Ed Taggert. Contact me if you want some more details. Notice on Max's grave plate that it is written in Hebrew and English.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF SHIRLEY L. KELLEY - Brookside Cemetery, Somesville, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

A very simple tombstone with a quoted message presumably from her family.

Monday, September 6, 2010

TOMBSTONE AND MONUMENT OF GERALD H. PARSONS - Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

Another very interesting tombstone and monument from Hillside Cemetery on Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

TOMBSTONE MONUMENT OF PAMELA CARTWRIGHT FOUNTAIN - Brookside Cemetery, Somesville, Mount Desert Island, MAINE



This is one gigantic piece of granite - a "natural" tombstone if there ever was one. This stone is one of the most unique stones I have ever seen. There is also no engraving - the name and dates look like they are painted on and the letters blend in naturally with the contours of the stone. Absolutely fascinating!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF NATHAN CLARK - Clark Family Burial Ground, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

A traditional 19th Century stone in a very neat family burial ground. Lots of dips and holes in the ground, however. You really need to pay attention when you are walking through graveyards and cemeteries! Take notice on this stone the stones under the main monument. Not sure why they are there, however. Maybe they were laid below the stone when it was first placed as sort of a foundation?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

STAPLES TOMBSTONE - Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

Another beautiful example of a modern stone. This couple loved (and the husband still loves) books and reading as evidenced by the shelf of books above the surname. The books could also symbolize education and learning, so maybe teaching was also a big part of their lives. On a slightly humorous note, I am sure that the "Easy Button" was pushed to create this tombstone!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF CYNTHIA M. PIERCE - Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

Today is another fallen tombstone that lays where it fell many decades ago. I just hope it fell naturally and not as the result of vandals.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF CLARA H. PEACH - Eden Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE


Here is a double-sided tombstone that gives the name and information of the deceased on one side, along with an epitaph, and the other side is very pretty with the main role of the deceased engraved at the bottom, which, in this case, is as a Mother. Again, take notice that the elements have not been too kind to this stone over the decades.

Monday, August 30, 2010

TOMBSTONE & MEMORIAL OF CARLO A. NINFI - Brookside Cemetery, Somesville, Mount Desert Island, MAINE



Here is another very interesting tombstone and memorial that blends in well with the landscape. It is interesting to notice that the stone next to Carlo's does not have a plaque on it. Could this be for a spouse or relative who has not yet passed? I love these types of stones. They are very creative natural.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF ANNIE BURK - Eden Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

This stone fascinates me because it raises several questions. First, it says that Annie died in July - 1890, but it doesn't give an exact date. Why not? The tombstone also says that Annie was "of Philadelphia." How did she get to Mount Desert Island and why was she there? Did she die while she was summering in Maine? Was she born in Philadelphia or was she just living there when she died? Genealogy really is detective work and the questions raised from this tombstone prove it. I also like the fascinating white erosion splotch that comes down from the top of the tombstone.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF JOHN C. HAMOR - Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE


This is a very traditional tombstone for the times, with a very neat epitaph. Again, from a genealogist's point of view, the fact that John's age is given helps us to approximate his birth. This way, we have a clue to go on in which to find more concrete and sourced information which will document the event.

Friday, August 27, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF MELANIE VAN RIE BARNES - Brookside Cemetery, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

This is a very simple stone for a woman who loved her cat. Very sweet.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF MAURICE LEWIS JONES - Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE


This is a very interesting tombstone of a man who obviously loved Maine. It is very simple (no dates) but tells us that this man loved Maine and the outdoors. The whole scene appears to fit into an "M" shape as well.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF "CCM" - Brookside Cemetery, Somesville, Mount Desert Island, MAINE


I almost thought this was a section marker, but when I saw the flower holder I realized that this marks someone's grave. I have never seen one like this. I guess you can say this is a very, very simple stone.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF FRANK W. "BUD" HIGGINS, JR. & N. THERESA (PAINE) BLACK - Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

Here is a modern tombstone that features a picture of the deceased engraved onto the stone along with a scene from nature. I am not sure this couple was married, perhaps they were lifelong companions. Regardless, they very much loved each other and the epitaph at the bottom of the stone says it all.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

SOMES TOMBSTONE - Brookside Cemetery, Somesville, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

Today we have an old tombstone with a modern touch. The inscription on this stone must have worn away years ago and someone, probably the family, had a new plaque created and placed on the old stone. Maybe we will see more of these types of longer lasting memorial plaques in the future as inscriptions on older stones begin to fade away. I hope so because future generations will be able to pay their respects to their ancestors as we do today.

Friday, August 20, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF ALVAH A. & ALBERTA J. STROUT - Hillside Cemetery, Hulls Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

Another excellent example of a genealogically rich tombstone. I am surprised it does not have the marriage date.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF MRS. DELIA HOPKINS- Eden Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

Today's tombstone is another example of a broken stone being preserved for future generations. Here, this stone broke years ago. But, whoever maintained the cemetery had the foresight to implant the broken stone flat on the ground so that we may know that Mrs. Hopkins is buried beneath it. Also notice what appears to be an open book in the top center of the stone. Maybe this represents the book of life.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF MERCY CLARK - Clark Family Burying Ground, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, MAINE



The Clark Burying Ground literally appeared from around a bend as my wife and in-laws and I were traveling through Southwest Harbor yesterday. I could not help but jump out and snap some photographs. Clark Point is near this cemetery, so the Clark Family must have been an influential family in the history of Southwest Harbor. The tombstone of Mercy Clark, especially, was prominent among the stones because of the bright yellow moss which has been growing on the stone. It almost has spooky look to it. It's as if Mother Nature took a highlighter and highlighted the stone!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF THANKFUL THOMPSON - Eden Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

We all should be "Thankful" that this stone has survived so well in its 190+ years of existence. This is a very nice example of an early 19th Century tombstone. 2 deer visited me in the cemetery while I took this photo.

Monday, August 16, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF WILLIAM P. & ELIZABETH A. INGRAM - Brookside Cemetery, Somesville, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

Here is an example of a type of modern tombstone that is becoming popular. In this case, a nice piece of granite, roughly cut, with a beautifully engraved brass plaque anchored to the stone. There are different variations of this kind of tombstone all over this cemetery. Brookside cemetery is a lovely cemetery, nestled right next to a brook in the historic village of Somesville on Mount Desert Island. If you are ever up here (and you should be some time in your life!) be sure to visit Brookside.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM PEACH & MARINA PEACH - Eden Cemetery, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

Here is very interesting tombstone that mentions how a person died. This is a gem in and of itself because there is probably not a death record for this man, so you know just by looking at his tombstone how he died. A definite plus when writing your family history narrative. In this case, Captain Peach was lost at sea at age 46 years, 2 months and 16 days. The inscription for his wife, Marina, also gives her exact age at death. This is valuable information because now we can go back and discern Captain Peach's birth date as well as Marina's. I love the engraving as well. It has held up well in 160+ years.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF EBENEZER & MEHITABLE SALISBURY - Eden Cemetery, Mount Desert Island, MAINE


Daily Tombstone Photo is in Maine this weekend and all of next week, so continue to check back for some nice tombstones from beautiful Mount Desert Island, Maine. Today we have an interesting stone that must be a replacement for an earlier stone that was broken or so worn that the inscriptions could not be read anymore. This is a very simple flat stone with an interesting design down the middle separating the two names. The good thing is this stone should last much longer than the one it replaced. Ebenezer probably was a town official or served in the military, as evidenced by the flag at the head of the grave. Lastly, have you ever had a relative with the name "Mehitable?"

Thursday, August 12, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF JOHN W LEASE & MARY F. BUSH LEASE - St. Paul's Union Church Cemetery, Fleetwood, Berks County, PA

Here we have a set of double stones of a husband and wife, beautifully engraved and standing very stately more than 100 years later. The "Father" and "Mother" inscriptions on top of the stone are also very nicely done. I also love the epitaph at the bottom of each stone, "Only Sleeping."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF LEWIS K. MADARY - Maidencreek Union Church Cemetery, Blandon, Berks County, PA


This stone and monument puzzled me when I happened upon it. It appears that Mr. Madary is the only one of his family buried in this plot. I looked all around the large monument for inscriptions or other indications of other burials, but could find nothing. Perhaps Mr. Madary really enjoyed his space while he was alive and decided to continue it in death. Very interesting.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF WILLIAM N. & DOROTHY E. DEISHER - St. Paul's Union Church Cemetery, Fleetwood, Berks County, PA


Here is another example of a modern tombstone that reflects a hobby or love of the person(s) buried beneath it. In this case, this couple loved golf and their caricatures are represented on the tombstone as enjoying the game. I am sure they are both golfing in Heaven right now.

Monday, August 9, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF BARRY R. LORAH, SR. & BARRY R. LORAH, JR. - Maidencreek Union Church Cemetery, Blandon, Berks County, PA


Here is a tombstone of a father and son who must have loved to hunt. Notice all the animals on the stone and the small caricature of the father and son hunting. Also notice that the father died on his birthday. The small animals laid on the stone indicate that these men are very much missed and their grave is visited frequently.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF VIRGINIA A. KELLER - St. Paul's Union Church Cemetery, Fleetwood, Berks County, PA


This is a lovely stone that memorializes a woman who loved her God and .... her dogs. I did not notice it at first when I saw this stone in the cemetery, but in between Virginia's dates is an engraving of what I presume to be her beloved dogs framed in a heart. I have heard stories that some folks have their pets' ashes interred with them, so maybe Virginia's dogs are also buried with her. Either way, a very nice modern stone with a beautiful engraving of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane gaining strength from Heaven before enduring His passion.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF JOHN NOLL - Maidencreek Union Church Cemetery, Blandon, Berks County, PA

Here is something I have seen in other cemeteries before, but finally had a chance to photograph last weekend. John Noll's tombstone was broken sometime in the past and let's hope not from cemetery vandals. Either way, the cemetery caretaker had enough foresight to take the broken off top half of the tombstone and place it at the foot of the grave. Over the years it has become part of the ground and a permanent part of the memorial. Thanks to that cemetery caretaker, John's descendants and all of us will know that he is buried beneath the stone for posterity.

Friday, August 6, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF CLYDE GENE SCHMEHL - St. Paul's Union Church Cemetery, Fleetwood, Berks County, PA

Today we have a very nice little stone memorializing a baby. Notice the beautiful detail of the flowers between the dates. The inscription, as well, stands out. The phrase at the top tells all what this little boy meant to his parents and family.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF ROSE M. ZAPPACOSTA - Maidencreek Union Church Cemetery, Blandon, Berks County, PA

Today we have another modern tombstone with some color. In this case, color flowers flank Rose's name and a small phrase, "Beloved Gram," is at the top of the stone and nicely bridges the flowers, linking everything together quite nicely. Indeed, this stone is a fitting tribite to Beloved Gram, Rose.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF EMMA WAHL - St. Paul's Union Church Cemetery, Fleetwood, Berks County, PA

This is a very nice little stone depicting the gates of Heaven opening for this woman's soul. The rest of the detail is also very nice and the stone has weathered Mother Nature well the last 99 years.