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Haly Sarah Haldeman


I haven’t posted photos of sarcophagi in a while. Sarcophagus tombs in most modern cemeteries just look like they hold a body. The actual person is usually interred below or next to the monument.

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Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace


Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born


Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth


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This Roman cross marks the final resting place of the Vincentian fathers.

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I’ve already shown you the lovely monument for Anna Spahn, but take another moment to view it in admiration of the simple cross that provides the backdrop.

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Not only does this photograph show you a lovely Roman cross in the foreground, but a Celtic cross stands in the background.


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Kate Whalen Corby

July 30, 1844 – January 29, 1913

Died in prayer at the elevation of the Host in Cathedral of the Holy Name

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John Downs

Lost his life in the Woolen Exchange fire

Nov. 22, 1895

Aged 55 years

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The Catholic Church Extension Society of the United States is an organization that supports the Roman Catholic church by assisting it in reaching, as they phrase it, “under-resourced and isolated” areas of the country. There is also a Canadian counterpart. Founded in 1905, they are centered in Chicago.

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This is an all-too-common sight in cemeteries – a base with flattened top, hinting at the beauty that once was but has been toppled by time or vandalism. One of the main reasons I paused to photograph this one was that you can see that whatever once sat on the pedestal lies in front of it, half-buried in the dirt and grass. I’m guessing it is probably a cross based on what is still visible.  I would like to think that the cemetery maintenance staff will unearth it before it sinks completely into the earth, but the fact that it has gone this far does not give me much hope.

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Eugene Hussey died in the Spanish-American War. His grave is both common and uncommon. Finding a marker for a Spanish-American War veteran isn’t that hard – as long as you are looking at cemeteries that were active at the turn of the 20th century, there were approximately 300,000 United States troops who served during war (although the short duration of the war, from April until December of 1898, meant that some saw little action). Of those, about 3500 died, but less than 400 were killed in action, making a marker that denotes a war death a rarity.  Unfortunately, the most common cause of death for U.S. soldiers and sailors in the Spanish-American War was disease, which is likely what killed young Hussey. The unit history of the 1st Illinois Volunteer Infantry notes no combat deaths, but 84 deaths from what they call tropical diseases.

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