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Old Jan 26, 2007, 3:27 PM   #1
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Here is another one found at the same cemetery. I did some research on this family to see if they were loggers or something, but the census records indicate he was a manager on a local farm, grinder at the scythe stoner and a day laborer in the years I find him.

I've tried adjusting the photo as I'd forgotten I had my camera set for "cloudy" previously and didn't realize it until later in the day. Hence the yellow cast to the photo.
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 3:28 PM   #2
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Here is a closeup of the top section to see the detail of the log.
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 8:20 PM   #3
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I think that is the most unusual marker I have seen. I have seen crosses made of sticks or logs but never a marble carving of a log. Great catch.

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Old Jan 26, 2007, 9:54 PM   #4
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Did that mean that the "family tree" came to an end?
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Very unusual, Nice work. Aloha
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Thanks, all.

Walter, Did you mean because of the base with no branches, or the fact that I didn't find more in the census records? There are still Lougee's in the area. So, I would assume it wasn't the end. Although, the bottom part of the stone does seem to list their sons. Not sure if they never married or what. It was quite cold the day I photographed this and I couldn't keep my eyes from watering to read the stone.

Checking the 1920 census I see that they had two daughters and two sons. The two that are listed on the stone. I can't find them in the 1930 census. Stella didn't die until 1944 and Albert Jr 1962 and Alvin 1974. So, maybe this was the end of this family line. Interesting.
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Old Jan 29, 2007, 8:28 PM   #7
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Walter is on the right track. In the late 19th century these "tree stump" markers were very popular and there are many of them in the older cemeteries here. They are meant to symbolize the family tree with it's branches cut away. Often there is a large tree marker for the family plot and the individual family members markers are in the form of the sawn off branches lying on the ground around the family marker. Here's an example of one. In this case they did not make the individual markers in the form of branches.
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Here's one of the classic ones. Obviously I didn't take this, it's just a better example of the original concept.
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Interesting information.
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Thanks for the history lesson, Bill. I had never seen a marker like this one before. And, yours is even more interesting.
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