It’s always sad to see children’s memorials. This one is for Walter and Senni who died in 1894 and 1897, respectively. It’s hard to discern the parents names, but it looks like John and Ida Sarvela (spelling?)
Today’s Sharing Saturday post comes from AL.com, and focuses on the stories and the photos of some of the odder ducks out there in Alabama cemeteries. Enjoy!
In 1873, Louise Wooster was a well paid lady of the evening (don’t you just love this term?) when a deadly cholera epidemic swept through Birmingham, Alabama. Several thousand people fled the city, but Lou stayed to nurse the sick, feed the hungry, and prepare the dead for funerals.
After the epidemic, she moved to Montgomery, Alabama to open a brothel, but by 1880, Lou had returned to Birmingham operating multiple brothels near City Hall where she could attract the wealthiest patrons. She made a fortune, donated heavily to charities and frequently came to the aid of fallen women.
Lou was also known as “the women of many lovers”, the last sweetheart of John Wilkes Booth, the actor, who killed Abraham Lincoln. She chronicled her exploits in a book called Autobiography of a Magdalene.
Want to know more? Check out this article: Early Birmingham madam who saved sick will have scrapbook in history center.
Raising awareness of your local historic cemetery (and greasing the wheels for obtaining restoration donations) can be as simple as writing an engaging article about it for the local paper.
Since everyone loves a good human interest story and since many local newspapers are always looking for unique article ideas, why not
steal borrow a leaf from Newcastle, WA’s book and write something fun?
If there are a lot of stories, make it a series and be sure to include photos of some of the more unique carvings.
Here’s the link to Coal Miner’s Cemetery–Part I.
Many thanks to JoAnne M for alerting me to this!