Sunday, August 8, 2010
Notice something missing on this headstone?
Yeah, I did too.
What happened to Eve?
Why isn't she here with her hubby?
Seriously, how sad is that?!
I was walking through the cemetery and when my eyes fell on this plain Jane stone for a husband and wife, I was stopped in my tracks. My heart lurched in pain for this very sad and empty space. The questions started rolling around in my head.
What could possible have happened that would lead to her name on a stone that she was not brought to it to be laid to rest with her hubby?
Sure there are so many possibilities of what could have happened. She could have moved away to live with family after her hubby's passing and not had the money to be brought back or she could have remarried and lain next to her new hubby. She was at least 52 when hubby passed and it was right at the time of depression, so really the possibilities are endless. Heck maybe she was glad to be rid off him, who knows.
This just happens to be a stone I will never forget and was haunting me all day afterwards. So the next day I decided I was going to see if I could find out what happened to her.
I tried calling the Chamber of Commerce, their number was no longer in service.
I call the police station for the newest number for the CC. The lady said she had just given the number yesterday and was aware there was a problem with it. She then referred me to the local newspaper. I didn't even know we had a newspaper!
Turns out the newspaper man is the CC! Kinda reminds of a man in a movie that stands there and changes hats for each position he does. Anyway, his receptionist tells me that the records I am looking for would most likely be in Jordanton City Hall. They have all the county records.
City Hall then informs me that the records I am after would be in the Methodist Churches records, they are the ones that deal with the cemetery.
I'm starting to get the feeling I'm getting the runaround. You know the types..I don't want to do it, so let me see who I can fluff you off on. Here, call this person instead. It was a passing feeling, but I was getting a little frustrated.
I call the church. The phone rang forever and I was about to give up, when finally it was answered. The lady informs me she is not the secretary and the actual secretary doesn't have any normal hours. She just comes in when ever she is needed.
She was kind enough to get all the information the headstone had to offer from me. She says "I have some bad news, The probability of us having any info or records have just diminished."
I was puzzled "Why is that?"
The church had a fire in 1935 and all records before that was lost. This was before there was a city hall to keep records at and even before Lytle was considered as part of the group of towns to be in the county lines.
How weird is that? I feel like I am talking about a town in the 1800's, but no we are talking about the 1930's. I just always assumed all the property lines had been figured out long before then.
So, apparently my hunting skills need fine tuning, cause I literally got nowhere. A dead end. A brick wall.
I figured maybe I could find something on the internet. All the possible leads I got lead to setting up an account and paying a monthly sum. Not going to happen! Not for ONE curiosity, maybe if I was going to do long term research. If you have membership with one of those sites and want to look it to it; let me know what ya find.
Eve where are ya?
Was he a mean man or a loving man.
Did ya have any kids? Family?
Did ya move away? Remarry?
If ghost could talk, now would be a good time!
Inquiring minds want to know (I'm sure L.T. would too).
"What happened to Eve?"
So there you have it folks, the mystery of Lytle's cemetery. Eve will forever be a part of me, from that one glance down at an empty space on a headstone.
Posted by Heather at 12:00 AM