Month: October 2015

Vampires in Griswold, Connecticut

There are two documented accounts of suspected vampirism in the community of Griswold, Connecticut. I heard the stories during one of my visits to the Jewett City Cemetery, in Jewett City, Connecticut, where my relatives are buried. The information in the stories came from Griswold Municipal Historian Mary R. Deveau’s unpublished written account as described in her write-up, “Vampires—In Griswold?!?”, for the Town of Griswold. The following information is included […]

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Special Graveyard Call: Who Knows Where?

Rarely has the uncertainty of death been so succinctly and well-expressed, both in words and image, as in the gravestone of Phineas C. Wright. The large gray granite monument can be found near the northwest corner of Grove Street Cemetery in Putnam, Connecticut. The large graveyard is relatively flat, crowded with monuments in all styles, orderly and neat, and bisected by narrow roads. So much is said by the face […]

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Special Graveyard Call: Pulling Weeds

In July 2008, my 88-year-old mother, two sisters and I took a pilgrimage to Lithuania to discover our family roots. Both sets of my grandparents immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s and settled in New England. My mom and dad were born in this country, and when they met and married the Lithuanian family lineage carried on for another generation. We arrived in Panevezys, knowing no one and […]

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Off-Shore Story

To feel the wind, sea-scented, on my cheek, To catch the sound of dusky flapping sail And dip of oars, and voices on the gale Afar off, calling low, — my name they speak! —Celia Thaxter, “Land-Locked” The Isles of Shoals, though located only nine miles off the New Hampshire and Maine coast, feels like a faraway land. Colonized in the 1600s, Shoals has a rich history of prosperity and […]

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Interview with John Cherek, Director of The Catholic Cemeteries

– John Cherek is the Director of The Catholic Cemeteries which maintains five locations in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota: Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul, Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope, St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Minneapolis, and St. Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis. In April, I visited Resurrection Cemetery as part of my quest to learn from and pay respect to poet John […]

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