Friday, July 15, 2011

Homestead Remembrances: Pioneer Peace

Atop of a small hill, a rusty gate and a struggling tree protect the long gone pioneers. 


Cemetery, six miles East of Daykin in Jefferson County NE, at the intersection of Highway 4 and Highway 15. 

by Bernadette Korslund


Cemetery, six miles East of Daykin in Jefferson County NE, at the intersection of Highway 4 and Highway 15. John Stowers died in 1891 at the age of 84. We can imagine him as a strong, hard working and well-respected pioneer. This may explain why, according the inscription,  “ he received a crown in heaven.”


St Johns Cemetery, Daykin in Jefferson County, NE.
The expanse of the prairie provides peace and rest to all.



Beatrice Evergreen Cemetery in Gage County, NE.
The early morning light lets your imagination wonder.
Will you meet some ghosts?

 
Beatrice Evergreen Cemetery in Gage County, NE. Catherine Ahlquist’s tombstone.






Catherine Ahlquist, a daughter of a pioneer. Her tomb is the only one in the cemetery with a human-shape statue.



  The truncated tree, the maul and the wedge mark the tomb of a former member of the society of Modern Woodmen of the World, founded on 1890 in Omaha by Joseph Cullen Root.

Saint Joseph Cemetery, Beatrice in Gage County NE. This German inscription is a reminder that the USA started as a melting pot.


Saint Joseph Cemetery, Beatrice in Gage County NE. "Pieta." Christ’s disproportionate hands and feet represent the work of, probably, a local and unschooled artisan. This naive representation translates with strength the grief of the ones left behind.

Cemeteries provide shelter to wild life. It is a favorite refuge for birds, squirrels, rabbits and butterflies.

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