These two photos are of the marker for Anna and Peter Jonesku, who are buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois. My eye was caught by the two pictures, which are still in nice condition.
I found a bit of information about Peter (via Ancestry.com) — according to the U.S. Naturalization records, he was born in Austria and arrived in the U.S. in 1905. However, the 1920 U.S. Census states he was born in Romania. There are also some scratched out/modified notations on the record for his household. I always appreciate how difficult it could be for census-takers to get down all of the information that they did. Looking for Anna, I found her death record which showed she was born in Austria, as well. The 1920 census shows they had 2 children (at least, at that time, living with Peter), George and Helen.
After an absence, I am back to blogging. So, today’s post is of something that made me a smile a bit when I was visiting Elmwood Cemetery last year:
This is on the small hill that is around the receiving vault in the cemetery.
Admittedly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a “no sledding” sign in a cemetery before. However, most cemeteries are either pretty flat, or pretty full of stones/markers. Apparently, this cemetery had enough sledding happening that they felt it necessary to add a sign.
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William Allen Northcott was Head Consul of the Modern Woodmen of America from 1890-1903. Find-a-Grave lists this information: “Greenville Advocate. William A. Northcott, son of Robert S. Northcott was born Jan. 28, 1854 at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His first wife was Julia Agnes Dressor, who died in 1881, to this union was born one son Nathaniel Dressor Northcott of Huntington, West Virgina and he survives. He then married Ada R. Stoutzenburg and they had a daughter Mrs. Amy Alpaugh who survives with one grandaughter of Springfield. William died Jan. 25 1917 at Excelsior Springs. His burial was at Oak Ridge, Springfield, Illinois. The memorial was erected by the Modern Woodmen of America of which Northcott was Head Consul from 1890 to 1903. It is aptly inscribed “Statesman, Patriot, and Fraternalist.” The inscription “He Was as Friendly as a Wayside Well” appears on the back of the bench.”
Carol Robertson White also has added this photo to the Find-a-Grave listing:
The Political Graveyard site also lists this information about him: William Allen Northcott (1854-1917) — also known as William A. Northcott — of Greenville, Bond County, Ill.; Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill. Born in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tenn., January 28, 1854. Republican. Lawyer; Bond County State’s Attorney, 1882-92; Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 1897-1905; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1904; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Illinois, 1905-14; president, Inter-Ocean Casualty Co. Episcopalian. Member, Modern Woodmen of America; Odd Fellows; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons. Died January 25, 1917 (age 62 years, 363 days). Interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.
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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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I’m a bit snowed in today, so I’m catching up on blogging. I was inspired to post this photo by Beneath Thy Feet’s post today. I have a number of photos from the cemetery here, but today, it’s nice to post a photo of the church, itself. You may read more about this church here, and here — it’s the second oldest Catholic church in northern Illinois.
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This is a photo I took in Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park. It is on the marker for the Mueller family, and I was struck by the pose this angel has — with the arm raised and the hand posed the way it is.