Tuesday, January 15, 2008

It's Good to be Alive - Tuesday 1/15/2008

Acton Cemetery was donated to the town in 1890 by the Duerhen family. It's ten acres, and apparently any residents can be buried here free. (BYO Interment) We walked around here on New Year's Day with History and Cowgrrl and I remembered that I've been meaning to come back and take some pictures.

This marker is from 1974. Looks older, doesn't it?

Name lost to history. There's a very nice listing of all the known names on this website.

I guess it's nice to be welcomed anywhere.

This seems to be the site of the oldest gravestones. Notice the coyote-proof concrete tops? These are the graves of Reverend John E. (1831-1923) and Mary Robbins (1838-1910.) The oldest legible grave is that of Nellie Robbins Stanfield (1861-1898.) Daughter of John and Mary, perhaps?

Wrought iron arch at the entrance to the Milburn section of the cemetery.

What a lovely epitaph.

I don't think I've really given you a good idea of just how personal and unique the grave in Acton Cemetery are. There are many different styles and there are mementos around many of the markers.

As I ended my tour of the cemetery, during which I took probably 50 photos, I suddenly thought what I'd like as an epitaph:

"What fun!"


Anonymous said...

A long time ago somebody - I don't remember who - told me about their elderly aunt's last words. She had been ill for a while and she was dying. Her family was all there. They thought she had dozed off, but she suddenly opened her eyes, sat up, looked around at everything and said, "Well . . . this has all been very interesting!"

I decided when I heard the story that's what I wanted to be able to say at the end too.

Love ya,

Anonymous said...

LOVE it! k