Archive for April 1st, 2011

Two things struck me about this monument. The first was wondering what used to sit on the base we now see, but I don’t have any answers for that, so let’s move to the second one.


The second thing that caught my eyes was the fact that it specifies the Pfeiffers were cremated.  Cremation was not a common practice in the United States – the first crematories were not opened until the last quarter of the 19th century, and it slowly grew in popularity.  Even now, only about 25% of the deceased in the United States are cremated.

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