I published a blog post here about my Aunt Lena's visit in 2013, when she was 90 years old. In that post, I mentioned that she'd visited five years earlier, in 2008. Today's post is about that earlier visit.
As usual, Aunt Lena's 2008 visit was timed to coincide with the family reunion in July. One of the things we did together while she was here was to visit the old homeplace and the nearby cemetery.
|Aunt Lena, taking a photo of a grave marker at the Red Men Cemetery|
The tombstone in the above photo marks the grave of my dad's mother. Dad's father's name is also on the marker, but he's not really buried there. He had moved to Oklahoma following the death of his wife, my dad's mom. There, he had remarried and had two daughters, one of which was Aunt Lena. He died in Oklahoma and is buried there.
|The Red Men Cemetery is just an old country cemetery, nothing fancy.|
|This is the home where my dad's dad grew up with several siblings.|
|The barn on the old homeplace|
|Another view of the house, an old windmill, and a couple of outbuildings|
|An old photo of the family farm that I found in a box of old pictures. I wish I could tell you who the woman is sitting on the porch.|
When we were there in 2008, the farm was still in the family and was still being farmed by a member of the family. I don't think the house was being lived in at the time, although the last surviving member of my grandfather's generation still called it home. She was in a nursing home and has subsequently died. The last I heard, the farm was to be sold and the buildings torn down. I haven't been back there to check on it, though.
I have only one memory of visiting the farm as a youngster, so the only real connection I feel to it is that of a family heritage. But even that slight connection feels significant.
Aunt Lena's health has deteriorated significantly in the last few years. She lives in California, where she can be close to her son and his family. In spite of her health issues, her spirit and vitality are still evident.
Seeking an answer to Betsy's question, I found the following information on the internet:
"Early native American Burial mound located in Warren Indiana in the Red Man cemetery. The encircling ditch can still be seen around the mound. The mound is proto Iroquois who had assimilated many of the Adena burial mound and material culture traits. A few years ago a university archaeologists was seen trying to steal artifacts and skeletal remains from the mound."
Here's the link to the blog post where I found the above photo and information: http://moundbuilder.blogspot.com/2011/10/mound-builders-in-huntington-county.html
I’ve never noticed that mound at the Red Men Cemetery. Now I’m curious and looking forward to another visit to the cemetery to see it. I’m curious about the old home place, too, whether it’s still standing or not.