Healing Stuart

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

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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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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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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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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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Stumbling Upon Stuart

I discovered Stuart Cemetery through my relationship to the Find-A-Grave web site. I have been a photo volunteer for Find-A-Grave for over a year, receiving emails with photo requests, going to cemeteries, taking pictures and posting them to the site. I received several requests for a Stuart cemetery in Polk County, Iowa, where I reside. …

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