Winter notes

So after I posted about the Parker G. Webber house, I learned a bit more about him. Apparently, he also built the barn for the Stoneham Senior Center (previously the alsmhouse and poor farm, previously the site of a wolf attack). We decided to take a walk today, and headed to one of our favorite walking locations – the Lindenwood Cemetery. It occurred to me as we strolled past rabbit tracks and duck tracks in the snow that it was very likely Mr. Webber was buried here in Lindenwood, nearly within sight of the homes he built and lived in for fifty years (apparently with his -gasp- second wife!). And we found him almost immediately!

Does that say Webber?
Does that say Webber?
It felt like running into an old friend
It felt like running into an old friend

It’s hard to feel sad because he was ooooooold, by any standard. It is sad that he has to bury his son. It seems odd timing for the Spanish flu, or late for WWI.

Anyway, we then continued our wandering around the graveyard. It’s not particularly old by New England standards – there’s the really old one that is open once a year that is not this one. It was opened during the Civil War to handle the influx of local heroes coming home in boxes. We found a few more interesting graves I’ve never noticed before. It was a lovely walk!

I recently read something about how astonishingly high the fatalities in the Civil War are.
I recently read something about how astonishingly high the fatalities in the Civil War are.
A boy killed by a friend playing with a gun.... a hundred and fifty years ago.
A boy killed by a friend playing with a gun…. a hundred and fifty years ago.
Who plays Cinderella?
Who names their daughter Cinderella?
Someone is using these markers to help them open nuts. I suspect the nefarious squirrels.
Someone is using these markers to help them open nuts. I suspect the nefarious squirrels.
The local playground, commonly called "Munchkin Park" is dedicated to Clara M. Steele. This is where she remains.
The local playground, commonly called “Munchkin Park” is dedicated to Clara M. Steele. This is where she remains.
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4 thoughts on “Winter notes

  1. I enjoyed reading about Mr. Webber and so glad that you are sharing your love of our beautiful cemetery with your kids. As a member of the Historical Commission I am thrilled that you placed a marker on your house.

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