January 2022 archive

Tombstone Tuesday-Curtain Symbol

A curtain on a tombstone symbolizes the passage from one life to the next, the passage from one existence to another. Curtains conceal and block the view of something and they also provide protection.

Memories of Zion Chatt’s Choir

Today, an old photo of the choir at Zion Lutheran, Chatt, sometime between 1947-1960.

Tombstone Tuesday-Henry F. & Abalonia (Gunther) Hoppe Freese

This is the tombstone of Henry F. and Abalonia Freese, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Henry F
1837-1902
Abalonia
His Wife
1837-1923
FREESE

1896-A Good Year

1896 was a very good year in my family history. Three of my four grandparents were born in 1896. Carl Miller, his wife Gertrude (Brewster) Miller, and Cornelius Schumm were all born in 1896. Grandma Hilda (Scaer) Schumm was born in 1895.

Tombstone Tuesday-Lyre/Harp Symbol

A lyre or harp engraved on a tombstone is a symbol of heavenly music, praise to God, and the hope of heaven. Lyres and harps are often seen as the root of divine music.