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: