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Silence of the Passed

Headstone for Nellie Hogan Gray (1861-1880) in Oakwood Cemetery, 50 101st Street, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. Nellie was the wife of George W. Gray and died at the age of 19, however, she is not buried with her spouse. The inscription reads:

Loving wife you left me here alone
without a friend my sorrow to condole
If in Heaven’s bliss we meet once more
with you I will stay and hurt never more

“Condole” means to express sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief.

This 300-acre cemetery was established in 1848 and designed in rural style. It offers a beautiful view of the Hudson Valley and contains the remains of over 16,000 people, including Samuel “Uncle Sam” Wilson.

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Fallen

Headstone for Earl S. Kingman (1890-1895) in Cortland Rural Cemetery, 110 Tompkins Street, Cortland, Cortland County, New York. Earl was the only son of Mary and Mahlon Kingman. He died of whooping cough at the age of four.

Cortland Rural Cemetery was established in 1853 and contains the remains of over 18,000 departed residents. Its drive is lined with wonderfully informative interpretive signs with information about prominent burials, interesting monuments, and the materials from which those monuments were made.

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And I Dreamt of You

Grave of an infant named Cronin (1904-1904) in Fairbank Cemetery off the San Pedro Trail, Fairbank, Cochise County, Arizona. The old graveyard is located about a half mile up a trail and is heavily vandalized. Only a few of the original graves remain, marked by piles of stones, wooden crosses, and iron fencing. Unfortunately, the cemetery has been a victim of grave robbery and vandalism over the years.

At one time, Fairbank was a hub of activity along the San Pedro River. Children came from all around to attend its one room schoolhouse. It was never a large town, having only 100 residents at its peak. The town began to die in the early 20th Century, and by 1970 only a small gas station remained.

In 1986, the Bureau of Land Management purchased hundreds of acres of land around the town and created the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Today, the remains of Fairbank have benefited from tourist activity and a few of the original buildings have been preserved. The Bureau of Land Management maintains a small store and museum in the old schoolhouse.

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Elk’s Rest

Statue entitled “Elk’s Rest” in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. “Elks Rest” was a gift from Miles S. Hencle as a tribute to his mother, Eliza T. Hencle. It marks the final resting place of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks members who died while living in the Elks National Home in Bedford, Virginia, where there is a similar statue.

Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.

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Statue entitled “Elks Rest” in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

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Physician Heal Thyself

Memorial to Charles Donley Miller (1895-1947) in Brookside Cemetery, at Watertown Center Loop and Brookside Drive, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York. This unique monument features a caduceus, the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology and used to symbolize commerce. It’s also sometimes incorrectly used to represent the medical trade, particularly ironic in this instance because the inscription around the pedestal reads: “homeopathic physician.”

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Indwelling Ascent

Grave marker for the Moss family in Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Rubio Woods Forest Preserve, Midlothian, Cook County, Illinois. There are at least seven members of the Moss family buried in Bachelor’s Grove, but due to extensive vandalism, the exact locations of their graves is unknown.

Bachelor’s Grove is one of the most famous haunted cemeteries in America. It was abandoned in the early-twentieth century and is allegedly home to a plethora of strange phenomenon, including the White Lady (or Madonna) of Bachelor’s Grove, who is said to be searching for her lost infant.

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