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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tombstone Thursday - Chaffin

Maple Hill Cemetery
New Harmony, Indiana
Sgt. Chaffin
[Stone is hard to read]

 This is so neat to have a bird house by a grave site!

- Photos taken by Indiana Bones.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Someone walked on your grave!"

The other day for lunch, Becky and I were drinking some cold unsweetened ice tea when suddenly I got a very cold chill.  Becky said, "Someone walked on your grave!"  I thought to myself that if I got a cold chill from someone walking on my grave, Becky should have gotten one, also, since we have our grave lots together.  And just then Becky said, "Oh, my!  I got a cold chill, too!"  Now, that gave me goose bumps.  We both laughed about the whole thing.  I have heard people say that goose bumps were caused by a goose crossing your grave. 

We wondered how these old sayings came about.  So, I got on the computer and "Googled" the saying and this is what I found.  This phrase comes from old folk stories that a sudden cold chill or shiver was created by someone walking over the grave where one would end up buried... the saying most likely from the Middle Ages.  Several bulletin board sites said that it comes from ancient times when families purchased burial plots for their family before they had died. Someone walking over your grave showed disrespect, and walking over a person's grave who has not yet deceased, meant you wished them ill.

From Gary Martin's web site http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/someone-is-walking-over-my-grave.html, I found this ~

"The earliest known record of the phrase in print, which is, of course, an indication of the earliest date that we can prove that the phrase was in public use, is in Simon Wagstaff's A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation, 1738. (Simon Wagstaff was one of the many pseudonyms of the celebrated writer Jonathan Swift):  'Miss [shuddering]. Lord! there's somebody walking over my Grave.' "  He mentioned that goose bumps were caused by a goose crossing your grave!

An interesting story was given by someone as a response to how this saying came about and what it meant:
"This does not actually answer the question, but about a year ago I heard that my ex-girlfriend's father had died, but the person I heard it from wasn't too reliable a source. So, I thought I would go to the cemetery where I knew her mother had been buried a few years before and see if the headstone had been altered. Whilst I was looking for the family plot, I saw out of the corner of my eye a recent grave with a brand new headstone that had my name on it!!!! Ridiculous as it sounds, I did think for the briefest second that I really had died and was looking at my own grave. It was a very unpleasant feeling."

Now, this story would cause me "goose bumps!"

- Compiled by Indiana Bones as told by JGWest.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Plaque/Marker/Monument Monday

Mesker Park Zoo and Beetles...
 [Click on photos to get a larger image to read plaque above.]
Collection of M.C. Berry of Evansville, Indiana

The Entomology Collection is in the Discovery Center at Mesker Park Zoo.

- Photos taken and submitted by JGWest.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

News Article Gibson Co., TN

Russ FORTH, 33, actor, his wife, Irene, 24, and their daughter, 4, formerly of Evansville, Ind., were burned to death in a rooming house at Houston, Texas.

Source: Dyer Reporter (newspaper of Gibson County, TN), 17 Apr 1924, pg. 4.

- Submitted by Taneya Koonce.

Note: From the Browning Genealogical Online Database ~

Mr. Forth, wife and daughter died 01 Apr 1924 in an apartment building fire.  Russ jumped from the second story apartment followed by his wife who was holding the daughter.  They landed in a pile of bricks & glass badly burned.  He was the manager of a stock company playing in Houston.  Formerly, he was with the Orpheum Theater in Evansville.

Allan Forth, a brother died in Palisades Park, N. J. in 1953 at age 60.  Allan was born and raised in Evansville, member of theatrical family started at the old Orpheum Theater.  He managed, acted and produced vaudeville shows.  He had two brothers Russell and Ray who had died many years before him that also was in show business.