Mr. Miller and his Egyptian Revival mausoleum



This striking mausoleum is found at Rosehill Cemetery in Illinois. A beautiful example of Egyptian Revival architecture, it features a winged scarab above the doors and the detailed columns with papyrus leaves at the tops.  

Miller-Darius-maus 2_Rosehill Cem

Note the beautiful details on the doors, which have colored beautifully over the years.  So who was Darius Miller? Born on April 3, 1859, Darius Miller was president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and Colorado and Southern Railway. Starting his railroad career as a stenographer at the age of 18, Miller worked quite hard and was promoted into several positions before being appointed president of the CB&Q and Colorado and Southern Railways. On August 22, 1914, while on vacation in Montana, he collapsed with was what revealed to be appendicitis. His surgery was noted in the New York Times on Sunday, August 23, 1914 — and said “the patient is said to have stood the shock well.”  Unfortunately, he passed away on August 24, 1914.

Miller-Darius-maus doors

There is a fantastic post with more information on Gravely Speaking, if you would like to learn more about Mr. Miller and this mausoluem. 


After a long time gone, coming back . . .


While I never stopped taking photos in cemeteries, I did at one point 1) get a new job, 2) move to a new city and state for said job, 3) find new job so time-consuming, along with a move, that I stopped blogging, 4) got promoted twice . . . and now have decided to claim back my work-life balance. So, re-starting my blogging on this site after a long time away from it.

Camposanto Cemetery-woman leaning back

Friedrich and Sophie Eickmeyer

Wildwood Cemetery-Sheboygan-Eickmeyer-Friedrich  Wildwood Cemetery-Sheboygan-Eickmeyer-Sophie  Although these stones are very simple, they caught my eye because they dated back to 1797.   I didn’t expect to find too much about this couple, but when I looked on, the first thing I found were their names on passenger lists.
I found Fred arriving in the United States on June 19, 1856, born in Hoth, coming from Bremen, Germany, and arriving in New York City on the ship named Dorette.    Sophia was with him, as she is also listed as arriving on that date, from Bremen.

In all of the census data I found, they are living in Sheboygan (which is where this cemetery is), with both of them listed as having a birthplace of Prussia (a country which doesn’t exist today, as it was officially abolished in 1947).    The 1860 census lists their children, Gottlieb (age 30 at that time) and Louisa, age 23.   In 1860, Friedrich is listed as a cabinet maker, although his occupation changes in the 1870 census to being a farmer, and then in 1880, he is listed as a carpenter.   The 1860 census shows Gottlieb as also being a cabinet maker, so I like to think that father and son created furniture together.

(Wildwood Cemetery, Sheboygan, WI)

Private Eugene Winters

Evergreen Cemetery-Red Wing-MN-Winters-Eugene-WWIIEvergreen Cemetery, Red Wing, MN.
The first thing I did when I was looking for more information about this man was to look up what all of those abbreviations meant.   I could figure out Private, Battery A, but wanted to know what the rest was.  On, I found more information, as well as in this document by William C. Gaines: 577 would be the Division, AAA was “Antiaircraft Artillery,” AW = “Automatic weapons”, BN is “Battalion,” CAC = “Coastal Artillery Corps (the original branch of anti-aircraft artillery).”

Looking on, I found a Eugene Winters in the 1940 census, living in Wabasha, MN (which isn’t too far from Red Wing).  His age is 28, and his occupation is listed as being a truck driver for a road company, and the census record shows he has a wife, Alberta, and one son, Dean, and two daughters, Marion and Arlene.  I also saw that there were other families with the same last name, which included Harold Winters.  Harold Winters is buried near Eugene, and I will do a post on him at a later date.  From this census record, it looks like Harold would have been a nephew (?) of Eugene’s.  Going backwards, the 1930 census shows Eugene as single, living in Wabasha, the third child of John and Matilda Winters (both hailing originally from Sweden).   I did find the marriage record for Eugene and Alberta, apparently from Decorah, Iowa.  That record shows Eugene, aged 23 and a farmer by occupation, married Alberta Peterson, aged 17.  Both were showing a residence of Weaver, Minnesota (which makes me wonder about why this record is from Decorah, Iowa).

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any more information.   And, sadly, I did find the obituary of Arlene Winters, who passed away on March 17, 2013.

I am always interested in learning more, both about service in war, and about anyone that I am posting about — please feel free to leave a comment!

(many thanks to JPfromTN on this forum, who posted very helpful information!)


John Laing, 1838-1923

This marker caught my eye in the Wildwood Cemetery in Sheboygan, WI:
Wildwood Cemetery-Sheboygan-Laing-John-Charter member Sheboygan No 13
Wildwood Cemetery-Sheboygan-Laing-John-detail

I wondered what the Sheboygan No. 13 was, so I went looking for a bit of information.  Thanks to Google Books’ digitization efforts, I found History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present, Volume 1 by Carl Zillier.  This book says that Sheboygan Lodge 13 was organized December 13, 1846 and is one of the oldest fraternal bodies in Wisconsin.  John Laing was one of the men who was a charter member under the re-organization and reinstatement of this Lodge in 1877.

I also found a Sheboygan Press Telegram notice: Last rites for John Laing, who died Friday, were held 1 ttois afternoon from the late home, N. Seventh street and New York avenue. OHN LAING church, officiated at the services In the home, while Sheboygan Lodge No, 13, I. 0, 0, P., of which he wag a oharter member, had charge of the services at the cemetery. The Rev. Mr. Mayhew, pastor qf the First Baptist church at Sheboygan Fa!l, acted as chaplain. Many floral offerings were the last tokens of respect to the long and worthy Hfe of Mr, Laing, Centring these was a beautiful piece consisting of the Odd Fellow’s three links in red, white and blue selections

I was interested to see the mention of the Odd Fellow’s three links, which are also on Mr. Laing’s marker (and which I had not immediately recognized as Odd Fellow’s).