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The Bechtel family are buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The markers for Mr. John Bechtel and Mrs. Hilda Bechtel are rather worn, but this marker for John A. Bechtel, is quite clear, at least for the images. I found it quite striking that there is a portrait, but also the beautifully winged cherub. It looks to me like the wreath underneath the portrait is laurel, which can represent eternity and immortality (among other things).
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My photo comes from Woodlawn Cemetery in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It caught my eye because of the names on the stone: Sophronia, Alvah, Eleazar… I also liked the stylized weeping willows and bits of flourishes still visible.
While I really didn’t find much about her, although there is some information on her on RootsWeb which gives this information:
Name: Sophronia ELLIS
Father: Eleazar ELLIS ( – )
Mother: Candace BRAINARD ( – )
Birth 3 Mar 1803 Vernon, Oneida Co., NY
Death 23 Jan 1845 (age 41) Green Bay, WI
1. Alvah HOLMES
Marriage 16 Mar 1821 (age 18) Vernon, Oneida Co., NY
Children Olive Ingalls HOLMES (2 Apr 1822 – 10 Sep 1894)
Albert Gallitin HOLMES (22 Oct 1824 – 9 Dec 1895)
Clinton Elijah HOLMES (5 Oct 1826 – 13 Mar 1898)
Lavantia Candace HOLMES (17 Apr 1832 – )
Leonidas HOLMES (Aug 1835 – Aug 1835)
Leonidas Kellog HOLMES (12 Sep 1837 – )
Augustus Stephen HOLMES (14 Oct 1841 – 26 Jan 1894)
Asahel Brainard HOLMES (4 Dec 1843 – )
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This week, my photos are from Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois. I first noticed this marker because of the beautiful figure, but then the German caught my eye. There are many markers in this cemetery that are in German, so I’ve been using Google Translate and Babelfish to help me out a bit (so my translations might not be perfect, I know).
Lillie Diener, born on June 26, 1874 and died on September 21, 1890. This front translates as “beloved daughter of Traugott and Lily – know that my redeemer liveth”
I tried a translation of the back of the marker, which I think read (more or less):
It may be different in front of night light
As it was it in the early morning
For since I live on earth
I live in constant danger
My God, I pray through Christ’s blood
Do it my end is good
I realized, after learning a little more, that I should have walked all the way around to see if there was another name on this marker — because I I found this in the Fort Wayne Sentinel newspaper (I have copied/pasted it – so the material is straight from newspapers.com – thus any oddities in spelling, etc):
One of the most frightful railroad wrecks the Illinois Central has experienced for some time, occurred about seven o’clock at Western avenue, in whioh. at least ten persons were killed and a humler seriously in jured. The fated train was. an excur sion, and had left this city early in the morning with several hundred persons on board, who went to Fern wood, a small station on that line, to spend the day. While returning they had stopped at the Western avenue depot to take water. Shortly afterwards they heard a train oomlng at full speed behind them, and before any one realised the situation, the Chicago, Burlington and Qainoy cannon ball – express dashed into the rear end of the excursion train with the above results. H. S. Carrington, the conductor of the Illinois Central train, H. L. Beaver, engineer, and H. D. Taylor, one of his brakemen, were arrested at their homes late last night There is much conflicting testimony as to whioh railroad is to blame for the accident, and it rests with the borcaor.. who will be called upon to dooide. The killed and injured were: Theodore Burger, Lillie Diener, sixteen years of age; Margaret Diener, fourteen years of age; Otto Sohloeff, thirty years of age; unknown man, about twenty – seven years of age. Those fatally injured were: Lena Res – wig, left leg broken and crushed about upper part of body; Louis Toerse, nineteen years of age, legs crushed and severe internal in j uries. There were fifteen others injured, among them being Bionard Hoffman, left log injured; Lobert Hoffman, right wrist hurt;. Eugene Keorn, two ribs broken; Henry Lutz, left leg fractured; Chus. Melrose, arm broken; Wm. D. Schmidt, (eft hand crushed; Otto Sohloff, who was badly injured, died shortly after being removed to the county hospital.
I didn’t remember seeing Margaret’s name on this marker, and the listings in Find a Grave do not show her in this cemetery, so I believe she was injured in this accident (and not killed). Their parents, Lillie and Traugott are also buried in this cemetery.
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