Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Town's Dead


I wish I had had the foresight to copy down some of the names, places of birth, and causes of death, that I saw in the old St. Vincent Cemetery book.

My grandfather and father were caretakers of the cemetery, so I had ready access to the book for many years. I saw how many died of 'consumption' or 'old age', or 'hardening of the arteries'. Their names and lot numbers where they were buried, carefully plotted out on paper and on the earth itself, by my father in front of me.