Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Wrought Iron Remains

Every November we make an annual trek from suburban Chicago to the mecca of Illinois high school running: the state cross country meet in Peoria. We take the same route every year. It is a little off the major highways, but a somewhat direct route, as Peoria is bounded by the Illinois River and there are few places to cross.

On our trip I have noticed a small pioneer-like cemetery as we head into the town of Lacon. And before we approach that one, I kept noticing what appeared (hoped!) to be a tiny cemetery in the middle of a farm field. The space had the tell-tale rectangular shape with several old trees inside the wrought iron border. Yesterday we stopped. I wasn't passing this one without investigating for yet another year!


Apparently, there are eight known burials. I didn't enter the gates, and only saw one remaining stone: that of Lemuel (1806-1892) and Sarah Russell (1809-1890). It is sad to see it so overgrown, but I'm glad it remains and that I finally investigated it, at least by camera.

© 2013 Sally Knudsen