On Thu, 6 Nov 2008, FOXIE wrote:
> Hey is anyone out there familiar with St. John's Lutheran Cemetery on
> IL State route 127 and 177 it's on the cross roads of these two
> routes. it is by the town of New Minden, IL in Washington Co., IL
> I'm not sure which township that would be as I'm not that familiar
> with Washington Co., IL. but am getting there.
I explored it, briefly, as part of my week-long Southern Illinois
expedition about a month ago. It wasn't one of my primary targets, but
it's on the road between the county seats of Clinton & Washington, so I
came across it by happenstance. Here are a few photos:
I didn't really notice the damage you cite - to be honest, I spent about
ten minutes there, before moving on to the next city, as I had a lot of
ground to cover that day. What I found most interesting about this
graveyard was one monument, towards the back, that was a typical white marble
pedestal tomb of the late 1800s, a square-sided shaft about six feet
tall - except that this one was new and in pristine condition. Obviously
someone had replaced an older monument, and had found a stonecarver willing
to reproduce a style, and use a material, that went out of fashion about
a hundred years ago.
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