These Flowers Never Wilt


Cast into Stone

Boy, when you are dead, they really fix you up.
I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something.
Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery.
People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday and all that crap.
Who wants flowers when you are dead?  Nobody.

- J D Salinger

Well, maybe some do...

This is the family stone of John & Eliza Bonsall.  Visible from this angle are details of four of their children:
John, who died at age 17, Eliza, who died at 10 months, Robert, who died at age 22, and Hannah, who lived to be 75 -
but who never married, had children, nor, apparently, had a career worth noting on her monument.
One hopes the other two sides of this stone tell tales of more fortunate Bonsalls...

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

I know nothing about this monument except that the stonecutter was an artist who also, I'd be willing to bet,
did the monuments below.  I'm unsure what caused the stain on the one above - whether accident, vandalism, or design flaw.

The stone above and the one above that are almost identical.  The stonecutter apparently used a pattern of some kind...

Dickson is the name on the largest family crypt in the cemetery (see Biggest House in the Neighbourhood),
and they had lots of unused space - so I'm assuming this is a different family of the same name.  But maybe I'll never know...

In all there are 11 pages of photographs of some of the unusual features to be found in Morristown's Evergreen Cemetery.  See the New Jersey section for seven pages and the Photographs section for the other four.

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