Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday – County Farm, Stark co., Illinois

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Along a rural roadside in Stark County, Illinois, sits the County Farm cemetery.  Each stone looks like the others.  There are no flowers or decorations, but the cemetery is kept respectfully neat and well-groomed.  Each soul who lies here had one thing in common – a life that ended in poverty. 

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Jennie Barto, 1843 – 1930

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Charles Bowman, 1851 – 1930

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Anna Clifton, died Nov. 3, 1922, aged 84 years

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Henry Fisher, died Mar. 15, 1915, aged 45 years

hartman_william

William L. Hartman, 1848 – 1927

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Charles E. Headley, 1859 – 1925

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C. W. Pate, died May 28, 1911, aged 66 years

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Miles Sturms

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Ruphas Yates, died May 11, 1923

Of course, these are not all of the deaths that occurred at the County Farm over the years.  Some residents are buried elsewhere, some of the stones here are illegible, and sadly, some are identified only by numbers.

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