From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Eagle Project Begun

All In The Family... Life in Christian County, KY...



The breeze that is blowing tonight would be refreshing if it were summer, but it's a cold wind when it's 35 degrees outside.

I'm warm here in the house. I have a nice fire going in the wood stove and both cats are stretched out in front of it, asleep.

Dennis and Isaac are camping out tonight with the Scouts. I am not too worried about them. Isaac has two sleeping bags with him, and he'll be in a tent. Dennis has a sleeping bag and a couple of wool blankets. He said he was going to sleep in the truck in his insulated coveralls and if he got cold, he'd start the truck. He probably won't even need his sleeping bag.

I have camped a few times in similar temperatures. It's not too bad as long as you're warm enough to sleep. If you can't get warm in your bed, though, it's a long miserable night.

The campout follows a work day for Isaac's Eagle Scout project. They cleared about a third of the old cemetery he's restoring and cut several dead trees . It looks like there will be more broken tombstones than we had thought. They found several covered in the overgrowth.

Old tombstonesMr. H., the landowner, told us that slaves were buried in the cemetery along with the families who owned them. He said their graves are "marked with limestone". I think he was talking about some of the small rectangular stones with no writing or with initials only that the guys found today under the tangle of vegetation.

Mr. H. also said that he has buried two dogs in the cemetery. He thought of them as members of his family. He meant no disrespect to the people who are buried there.

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