Stone Chairs

One can only imagine the heartache felt by Sarah Hickling when her beloved husband William died. William had referred to Sarah as his “darling girl”. Apparently their togetherness didn’t end with William’s passing. Sarah had stone chairs made to face the memorial she had erected in William’s honor. She may have gazed at the nearby pond…

Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum

My maternal grandparents, John George Walton and Harriet Kathlyn (nee Tolf) Walton are buried at Rosehill. And my maternal grandmother’s maternal grandparents Peter August Tolf and Augusta Sophia (nee Landstrom) Tolf are buried at Rosehill. None of them are buried in the main cemetery. They are all in the separate section on the north side of West Peterson…

Norwood Park Home Cemetery

North Newark Avenue (aka the gravel road) in Saint Adalbert Catholic Cemetery in Niles does more than separate one section of the cemetery from another (St. Adalbert is also known as Old Bohemian Cemetery, Old Polish Cemetery and Saint Stanislaus Cemetery). When we drove south on Newark, we stumbled upon Norwood Park Home Cemetery. A…

Saint Adalbert Cemetery

Friday’s plans included lunch with an old friend who recently bought a condo in Andersonville. Google Maps showed two options from the hotel to my friend’s new place. One route would bring us within blocks of Saint Adalbert Cemetery in Niles. “Wanna leave a little early so we can stop there?” “Obvi!” Saint Adalbert has…

Mount Olive Cemetery

I received Marilyn Yalom‘s The American Resting Place as a gift some months ago. If you haven’t yet read this book, I encourage you to do so. Genealogists and historians alike will find many items of interest among the 320 pages of text. Pages 184 and 185 in particular piqued my interest while preparing for our…

Acacia Park Cemetery

The drive to Chicago was overcast and drizzly. That evening tornadoes touched down in towns to the north and west of us. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people affected by these devastating acts of nature. Day Two dawned sunny and warm. We were relieved as we had hoped to visit several Chicago cemeteries…

Who Owns this Jewish Cemetery?

I shared the story of what I hope to be my first of many trips to Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery here. Way in the back of Oak Woods we saw this: If you look closely, you’ll see headstones hidden among what appears to be just a vacant field in the front of the cemetery: Even…

Touring Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery

Timing is everything. Rough draft plans for a mid-October road trip were on the table. Chicago, Door County Wisconsin, and Mackinac Island Michigan were the top contenders. I was Google-ing our options when I saw the “Civil War to Civil Rights” tour offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. At Oak Woods Cemetery. A place I’ve…