Pic Of The Day #640

Gray’s Creek cemetery (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

6 responses to “Pic Of The Day #640

  1. Bonnie Bradley

    Wild asparagus used to grow there when I was a kid.

  2. It’s a magical place.

  3. John F. (J-period) Wandres

    My parents had been active members of Christ & Holy Trinity church; he was on the vestry and I was confirmed there. Charles T. Wandres Sr. died in June 1953 from complications of cancer, and was buried in the church’s cemetery on Kings Highway North where Old Hill Lane comes in. Just inside the stone pillars of the entry gate and to the left were three burial plots. My father was buried in the middle plot. The Rev. Frederick L.C. Lorentzen officiated.
    I graduated from Staples in 1953 then enlisted in the navy, and would not return to Westport until late 1959. When I visited the cemetery I saw three headstones in that location. None was for my father. I did not know those who had died and were buried in that spot. And when I went to the church to inquire, not only did they not know what I was talking about, but they had no record of my father’s burial in their cemetery.
    It’s odd (maybe it’s not) but the image of Gray’s Creek cemetery brought this memory back as if it were yesterday. Courtesy of Google Earth I clicked on Westport then zoomed into the Old Hill Cemetery and “looked down.” it was as if I could “see” myself, my mom and my brother there, and yet still wonder: where is my father?

  4. Have the same problem. In some far corner of the earth when he died, I’ll be darned if I can find my dear step father Emerson Parker who is supposedly buried in the Kings Highway Cemetery. No one at the church has a clue.

  5. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Sally and John, this is truly very sad for you. Do you have any idea what Funeral Home might have been used? They may have the records. Of because so may of the family owned Funeral homes have become parts of big corporations that might be hard to do also. Does anyone know if the town might have records?

  6. John F. (J-period) Wandres

    To Mary —

    Fable Funeral Home, probably; they were the only “game” in town, back in the day. thanks, J. Wandres