25 June 2022


 First post of summer! An epitaph poem that starts off with a call to the warm summer sun.

Warm summer sun shine kindly here.
Warm southern wind, blog softly here.
Green sod above, lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart, good night,
                                    good night.

Can a gravestone plagiarize? Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens' epitaph for daughter Susy who is buried in Elmira, NY. (Her stone apparently does give credit to the original!)

18 June 2022

Father's Day

 An armchair (for napping in):

Grapes are engraved on the chair arms!

  • Rock of Ages Facebook video/post - "After a hard day at work, Mr. Bettini would come home, sit in his favorite armchair, have a glass of his wife's homemade wine and relax. ..."


Related post: Sit back

14 June 2022

"I pledge allegiance to my flag..."

 Flag Day bonus post! Francis Bellamy, author of the pledge of allegiance, was a resident of Rome, NY, and his grave is well-advertised in Rome Cemetery. (Not particularly notable otherwise, other than being a pink granite for the flashy bit, though.)

"I pledge allegiance to my flag
and to the republic for which it stands
one nation indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all."

F. B.

11 June 2022

Imagine hand-setting circular text

 A two-fer headstone from Ticonderoga, NY, Streetroad Cemetery: husband and wife who died within a couple months of each other. Their marker is one slab, slightly scored down part of the center to divide the halves. What caught my eye was the circular way the man's name was written on the left, though the rest of the text is linear:

Nov. 11, 1856
AE. 48

Wife of
Sept. 18, 1856
AE. 46

04 June 2022

The Mystery of H.H.H. (Spoilers, research ahead)

 I have this one tagged for the name (very alliterative) and for possibly having a typo/contraction. Er, two typos? A typo and a creative spelling?:

Hedwig Hermoine [sic] Handshke [sic] 1889-1918

Let me tell you, just doing a simple search was useless, as two-thirds of her name appear in Harry Potter! Even trying to -"harry potter" from Google results did not help to completely eliminate fanfics, and Forest Hill doesn't list all their residents.

Once this post gets crawled, it'll be the only result for "hedwig hermoine handshke." I'm sure that will drive ever so much traffic here!

There are some few records for Handshke as a surname (as opposed to Handshake, which it resembles) -- and lo and behold, it looks like her name is spelled correctly!

Based on the birth year, it seems she was nicknamed(?) Hattie, but her mother is listed as "Hermoine" so... I mean, really, there can't be a another family out there with this set of names. Surely not!  (The 1930 census puts the name as Hermine or Hermene.)

Fortunately, my library offers HeritageQuest, so I was able to actually read the 1910 census record. Her family were German immigrants. Hattie and her sister worked as a "saleslady" in her father's bakery (educated guess -- he was the proprietor of a bakery, so...). 

They lived on Whitesboro St. in Utica Ward 9, Oneida, New York.


 I'm still stumped on finding an obituary, if she had one. That 1918 death date is tantalizing, of course -- she wasn't at all old and there was that little flu bug running around then... The 1920 census still has both her parents and sister living, however. (The father would die by the 1930 census, however and mother and remaining daughter had moved over to Yorkville. Both of them disappear from the 1940 census.)


Ah! I feel like I know so much and so little still.