Guardian Angel

When I visited St. Luke Cemetery in Chicago this past spring I was focused on young Herold Mueller and his headstone. It wasn’t until later that I noticed the angel nearby who was keeping watch over him. Herold’s picture is in an oval frame on his headstone. The German phrase hier ruhet means here rests Herold Mueller born 15 Nov…

Many Hopes are Buried Here

Not far from the entrance to St. Luke Cemetery in Chicago stands a marble statue created in the likeness of Edna Miriam Paul (1897-1907). The phrase Many Hopes are Buried Here is carved at the base of the monument. Edna’s picture graces the front. Parents Charles and Augusta Paul are buried nearby. According to the 1900…

Babyland

Infant and child mortality rates have decreased dramatically over the past 100 years, but both still occur at alarming rates. Many cemeteries have sections set aside exclusively for children, something genealogists should keep in mind when researching children. In Minneapolis’ Lakewood Cemetery, this section is called Babyland. It’s a lovely tree-lined area with the statuary below…