Finding a Memorial Day Story

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Every Memorial Day weekend, my aunts return to their roots (translate: my grandparents'-now-my-parents'-home) and  spend the good part of a day placing flowers at graves of our family members who have passed.

Every year, I discover more stories - histories, really - from my mom and her sisters. Most are about our family and others who lived in this rural Nebraska community. Today, I found out my great grandfather's brother was a county judge, quite harsh, too, according to these family historians.

I look forward to this annual history field trip.

For years, as we've walked to our family plot, we've passed a towering pine tree and a worn, faded grave stone, the resting place of a Civil War soldier.

No flowers adorn his grave.

Not this year. Not ever, if my memory is still sharp.

This year, I lingered and took note: Jacob Stege, OO.A., 9 N.Y. Cav.

Who was Jacob and how did he end up in Northeast Nebraska? Did he have family in the region? When did he pass away?

I sense a story. In fact, I'm making this one of my summer projects. With my genealogy expert (a.k.a. my mother) helping, I'm hoping we can discover Jacob's past, and maybe even a link to the present.

It's always said you can find a story anywhere. While I didn't expect to find a story in the cemetery, the intrigue and mystery caught my attention.

And this year, a bouquet of pink daisies and tiger lilies honor Jacob.

by LuAnn Schindler


Sioux Roslawski said...

And LuAnn, what you can't find out (fact-wise), make it up (historical fiction-wise)...

Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M.Ed. said...

I love this post, LuAnn! I am also doing my genealogy and have found people I have had no knowledge of...what a great idea to dig to find a story - and then, share it!!

Thanks for sharing this!

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