My grandmother would tell me stories of how the teenagers in town would drive through the cemetery on Halloween night - squealing with delightful terror when the car’s headlights would illuminate this large cross…it would appear to be glowing.
She is now buried in this very cemetery.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery, Maringouin, Iberville Parish, Louisiana
Flickr OP: Thomas Jones Foster was born 15 Jun 1826 in North Carolina, the son of Ambrose & Mary Miller Foster. He married his much younger wife, Frances, on 20 Dec 1860 and then served in the Civil War in Company E, 15th Texas Infantry. He was in Louisiana when the war ended so he walked home. He served as the Van Zandt County Judge from 1866 to 1867 and later as the County Clerk from 1879 to 1884. In 1880 he bought several hundred acres of land and built a large house on the corner of Buffalo and Goshen Streets in Canton, Texas. He died on 6 Aug 1906 after burying his son Thomas J. Foster Jr. in 1905. His wife Frances lived until 1926 and they are all together now at Hillcrest Cemetery in Canton, Van Zandt County, TX.
Flickr OP: This is a photograph that I took of the headstone marking the grave of Daniel Cleary in the Holy Hope Catholic Cemetery in the city of Tucson, Arizona.
Mr. Cleary was born in Tipperary County, Ireland in 1845. He immigrated to the United States as a young man and made his way to the Arizona Territory where he found work as a miner in one of the many mines that dotted the Western landscape. He lived in the town of Bisbee with his wife, Mary.
Mr. Cleary died in Tucson in April 1905 as a result of hemorrhaging of the lungs. This was a common death for miners in the days of the Old West because they spent countless hours in the heat of the dark mines breathing in rock dust whose tiny, sharp edges gradually sliced the inside of your lungs to shreds. He likely spent several years suffering from this affliction and likely hadn’t worked for several years due to his ill health. The age of 60 was ancient for a miner in those days.
Following his death, Mary (also from Ireland) journeyed to San Francisco, California; perhaps to visit relatives to help console her in her grief. At 5:12 on the morning of April 18, 1906, Mary, along with thousands of other people, was jolted awake by the gigantic San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Although not killed, Mary was severally injured.
She was transported back to the Arizona Territory where she died in a Tucson hospital on May 4, 1906 as a result of her injuries, making her one of the more than 3,000 victims of this catastrophe. She was laid to rest beside her husband, Daniel.