Deuteronomy 32:7Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.
"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about."
— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Tag Archives: cemeteries
This gravestone was discovered on a walk through a small-town Iowa cemetery … on a search for the final resting places of our Clausen ancestors. The discovery of a gravestone for Clausen children came as a surprise. J.J. and M.J., … Continue reading
In my cemetery sojourns across Iowa last August, my uncle and I left at least one ancestral gravestone better than we found it. With years of natural debris having accumulated and hardened on the shared 1890s grave marker of Joseph and … Continue reading
When I headed to Iowa last August, one goal was to escape the Texas heat and another was to find the graves of my paternal great-grandparents, Martin and Petra. Martin was the American-born son of Norwegian immigrants, and Petra emigrated from … Continue reading
I recently spent a lot of time wandering through Iowa cemeteries looking for the grave markers of deceased ancestors. Sometimes cooperative relatives, friends, or random strangers helped and accompanied me. Sometimes I wandered alone. Drizzle, breeziness, or sunshine, I frequently … Continue reading