These are intermixed with what we think of today as standard granite headstones. In fact, the small cemetery had a wonderful mixture of granite, marble, sandstone, and even wooden headstones. There are also several standard military bronze plaques affixed to flat or upright gravestones, or to interesting rocks. There are also complete marble military headstones. Altogether there is a huge variety of materials and styles, home-made and commercial ranging from minimum economy to elaborately carved and exquisitely sandblasted large monuments, all adjacent.-- no separation of gentry here, paupers over there. C. C. Nielsen used a broken piece of a marble-topped table, hand-painted. It has weathered considerably since 1964.
The oldest headstone we saw was for an infant born and died in 1892:
Infant Son of
S. J. & M P. BRITTON
July 24, 1892.
July 24, 1892.
Asleep in JesusIt is made of white marble and has nothing on the sides or back. The writing is on the top and on the front are open gates (entry into the kingdom of heaven).
Note: Roy is Retired Veteran, U.S.N., and Lylie is A Beautiful Australian. As well as the heart, cross, praying hands, and dogwood blossoms, in the corner near Roy is the following Navy patch which we have not been able to identify yet:
Another Roberts (brother??) is Dale who was: "A Cowboy and a Gentleman" and has bull dogging on his granite headstone:
Then the final family member Donald with a natural, rough marble headstone declaring he is "An Excellant [sic] Horseman".
Other interesting headstones we found were from the Addington family. First we saw a copper plate screwed onto a pink granite stone. At the base were embedded fossil imprints and rocks:
This appears to be a brand: probably Rocking A
MARY FRANCES HAROLD D
3 - 13 - 48 9 - 17 - 42
On the left we found another Addington:
This one reads:
STEVEN D. ADDINGTON
Our Beloved Son
March 20, 1973 ---- July 25, 1887
Commemorative Belt buckles:
Honda Muzzle loading 4x4
On the side from the crossed cannons was a button w/cannon on it. This was all on a brass plate screwed onto a concrete slab. On the top of the slab was another buckle (just placed there, not attached) and a .30 caliber cartridge. Behind this headstone was a decorative black wrought-iron cross.
As we were leaving, we came across another headstone unexpectedly:
We volunteer to transport senior citizens to medical appointments and a couple years ago we took Mr. Shuler to eye appointments. His wife was legally blind and he could not drive at the time and needed operations on both eyes--we transported him for about 3 months to over 14 appointments. But he is a very private and independent person and we had lost contact with him. We were in Portland, OR, for a wedding the week his wife died so did not see her obituary. This was a surprise to us to find this headstone!
We were glad we took this adventure-- we found a lot more than we expected! It was very interesting and we really appreciated the ingenuity of our neighbors' families.