Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Emma Schwabe

Minna Bartels Ella Bartels

Charles and Alwine Dietrich 

These are the tombstones of my great grandfather Daniel Bartels sisters.  I had discovered them last May on a trip to the MCKEESPORT VERSAILLES CEMETERY.  Ella died last and there is no date inscribed on her stone.  She had never married and I suppose she had pre purchased the stone and had no children to make sure the date was carved.

If I had known they were there I would have brought a bucket and cleaning brushed to clean the bird poop off of Emma’s stone.

A bigger mystery is why my mother never mentioned her Aunts.  I guess she thought I would know this information by some sort of genetic osmosis.

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