Healing Stuart

Discovering & Restoring Stuart Cemetery, Four Mile Township, Polk County, IA

Author Archive: Bonita Davis

Help! I Can’t See Previous Comments

I know I have at least one comment asking me if I plan any more posts.  The answer is yes. I apologize for the long hiatus. I was dealing with family matters, i.e., taking care of my mother. Then last year Mom and I broke down housekeeping (i.e., sorting through stuff with other family members) and moved out …

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White Bronze

What happens when you start a blog then get smacked in the face with writer’s block? It’s a long time between posts. (Enough said!)  As a Find-A-Grave photo volunteer I get excited when the monument I am hunting is made of white bronze. Why? Not only are white bronze monuments beautiful, but it is easier …

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Meeting Stuart (Part 1)

Before going any further, I would like to introduce you to David Stuart and his wife, Elizabeth. As you may recall from my last post, “A Trip to The IGS,” David Stuart deeded the land for Stuart Cemetery and offered it a place where people could be buried free of charge. I found a short biography …

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A Trip to The IGS

I continued to walk Stuart over the next few days, but felt increasingly hampered in identifying many of the headstones I documented. I decided it was time to find additional help. I gifted myself with an annual membership to the Iowa Genealogical Society (IGS) then headed over to see if they had any records for …

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Myth Busting Stuart

   There are several misconceptions about Stuart Cemetery I would like to clear up. By  far the most frequent misconception is that Stuart Cemetery is in Stuart, Iowa. Nothing could be further from the truth. The city of Stuart, Iowa actually straddles the line between Guthrie County, and Adair County. To the best of my knowledge, …

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Walking Stuart

Sometimes when we least expect it . . . “life happens” and our scheduled activities get shoved to the side for a while. I’ve found myself in this mode for about six weeks. Blogs and other priorities have had to wait, but I’ve learned that just as quickly “Normal” (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) returns. …

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Mentors and Exhorters

I’m going to pause my journal entries to shine my first spotlight on two women who have encouraged me in this blog. The first is Nancy Hendrickson creator of AncestorNews.com. I found through her book, Cemetery Research on The Internet: A Genealogical Guide. I downloaded the Kindle edition. It is a small book chock-full of …

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Heartbroken

I already felt badly for little StuartCemetery. It seemed to have an inordinate amount of damage for its size.  Between broken or damaged headstones and stone encompassed by daylilies, Stuart seemed to be crying, “Help!” Then I saw this.     This was the final straw. The cumulative effect of everything I had seen broke my …

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More Scabs, Wounds and Scars

  For the  most part headstones in the south section are in better shape than those in the north section. The north section has fewer of the soft limestone headstones than in the north section.  This did not mean, however, there were no condition problems in this section. As I worked row by row from the back …

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Stuart’s Scabs, Wounds and Scars

Upon returning home from my first visit I reviewed the photos I downloaded from my camera. One of them contained a shot of an unusual, hybrid headstone. Apparently the original limestone monument had been placed with a  marble one. It was set on what looked to be the limestone base of the original stone. The …

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