I like visiting the cemetery. To many, it may seem like an eerie thought, but in a city bustling with mayhem, it is the only place that seems oddly calm. It shouldn't be all too surprising. The likeness of a place detached from the rest, a clear demarcation of the living and the dead surrounded by resting peace. I always looked forward to our visits as a child to our family graves, at every festival and anniversary, at the Lower Circular Road and the Tollygunge Cemetery. While walking through, I attempted to read every tombstone, finding facts and names that seemed strange and new to me. I find a cemetery is full of stories about an era that was. Now, with most tombs caved in, the once grand tombstones lie in disarray while a marble angel sits, seemingly lost without a head. Names such as 'Middlecoat' and 'Drinkwater' are fast fading, and I wonder if there could ever be a move to preserve a culture and a history that goes back decades.
Read an article that was written by my father, published in The Hindu for an insight of the cemeteries in Calcutta
I'm on a quick trip south on I-15, I have a dear friend @scipio_girl from Scipio so I stopped by the cemetery to see if I could locate her relatives. Looks like I found MY relatives instead. The sprinklers were on and it was dusk so that cut my explorations short. Crazy how I keep finding my relatives! Daniel was born in Beaver UT and died as a young boy. John Lawson was born in Scotland and immigrated at age 2 in 1868. Sara was born in Nebraska, she married John in Mills, UT in 1884. Their first baby Mary died as an infant in 1885, then Daniel died as a young boy. They had 5 more children who lived into adulthood. #cemetery#tombstone#scipio#ancestry#familysearch#genealogy#taphophile#lawson#relatedto#cemeteryfind#headstonehistory#billiongraves
Miss Irene Young Takes Her Own Life
Despondency is Believed to Have Caused Suicide of Durham Woman - Inhaled Gas
Durham, July 4 - Despondency is believed to have been the cause of the suicide of Miss Irene Young, 52 year old spinster of Maple street, at her home Wednesday morning at 11 o-clock. An open gas jet and a tightly closed room mutely explained her motive of self destruction.
Relatives and neighbors said she was of a despondent nature, continually complaining of her misfortunes. According to the sheriff and coroner, Miss Young apparently carefully planned her self destruction. She went into her death chamber, closed window and doors, carefully stuffed all cracks with paper an cloth, placed a quilt over her head, and sitting in a chair near the gas jet, turned on the gas. Her sister, Mrs. Mary Wilson, with whom she was living, discovered the body, which was still in the chair, slumped forward.