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This week, my contribution comes from Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. Supply and Mary Foss-Linwood Cem

Admittedly, the first name caught my eye, as well as the details on this stone.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the name “Supply” before.   His anchor, a symbol of Hope, as well as the leaf on her stone, are both eye-catching, as well.  I looked up the symbolism of the leaf, as this looked to me like the leaf of a Pin Oak.  According to my research, the Oak Tree leaf can represent many things, including “strength, endurance, eternity, honor, liberty, hospitality, faith and virtue.” (Stories in Stone by Douglas Keister)

Supply Foss-Linwood Cem

I didn’t find very much about these two individuals, unfortunately.  From the little bit I was able to find, I learned that Supply was a veteran of the War of 1812, and a member of the Portsmouth Marine Society, joining on October 15, 1827.  I also found them listed on the 1850 census, where he, aged 60, is listed as a doctor, with wife, Mary, aged 38.   They are shown as being from New Hampshire and Maine, respectively.

Mary Foss-Linwood Cem

But you may notice that for both of them, the date of death is the same: February 6, 1857.    Interestingly, according to the bits I found, they both were killed on the same day, when the Odd Fellow Hall, next door to their house, collapsed onto their home.