February 19 1898
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In an effort to decipher the worn stone I cropped the photo and proceeded to apply filters in hopes of reading what was left of the letters and numbers but not much success was had.
The name and a good portion of the date of birth were too worn away to make any determination as to their true identity, just enough to see something was there but not enough to make anything out for certain.
There are several lines of text below the dates but again, not enough words made out to even guess as to the saying or verse.
The stone looks to have at one time been in the ground judging from the colors and state of the rock in the regular photos and in person, now it is sitting on a sturdy cement slab that will probably outlast the crumbling and at one time ornately carved memorial.
This photograph and many plethora of others were taken at the legendary Bellefontaine Cemetery during a recent trip to St Louis Missouri for a JPG meet-up.
It was my 3rd trip to St Louis and 1st to the Bellefontaine Cemetery.
I would travel there just to walk amongst the trees and serene and tranquil settings.
It is a place one must see in person...seriously...
Also by Steven Schutz
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