Our visit to the Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing, MN allowed us to see some kinds of markers that we hadn’t seen before: ceramic. Red Wing, MN has deposits of clay beds (which led to industries and the founding of Red Wing pottery in 1877). When we were visiting the Red Wing Pottery Museum, we learned a lot about the history of the company, but also saw examples of pieces that were made by the workers.
This marker caught my eye as an art piece, even though the top had some damage. Louise Morley, 12/1/1897 – 1/5/1903
All four sides have decoration and information:
And her information on Find a Grave is pretty extensive (a big Thank You to Kym for posting this!):
As so many young children born in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, little Louise died of disease. She never got to experience a full life but she is never forgotten. She brought joy to the family that knew her and touches the hearts of those who did not know her. Her grave marker was made of clay in the pottery factory, most likely by her father William. Her grave marker originaly had a large cross on the top of it with a picture of Jesus where the cross intersects. A truly amazing head stone and personal tribute to little Louise.
Inscription on the back of her stone:
but not forever.
There will be a
to part no more
The notation about her father, William, making the marker makes a lot of sense, as many workers made pieces for themselves. This marker is beautiful, and has obviously stood the test of time well. Very touching.
Looking at the 1900 U.S. census, it shows William, aged 37, and his wife, Mary, as well as their children, Elsie (9), Martha (6) and Louise (3).