Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wednesday’s child: Fredric Harold Walker

Last Saturday, while walking through Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus with my daughter and her boyfriend (she hopes I soon will be able to say fiancé), she pointed to a child’s grave and said, “Look! There is a gravestone with a statue of a dog.”

It was a lamb. Weathered with no ears, but a lamb.

A few minutes later I was distracted by a gravestone carved to look like an open gate, and the not-yet-a-fiancé said, “Look! There is a gravestone with a statue of a dog.”

I turned around, fully prepared to correct him, and saw … a gravestone with a statue of a dog.

One can only imagine that the statue on the grave marker for Fredric Harold Walker (b. 1886, d. 1890) represents the young boy’s special friend.

The inscription is weathered and difficult to read, but with help from, we can fill in the iffy parts with data from Fredric’s record in the collection “Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854–1997.”

BORN JAN’Y 15, 1886
DIED MAY 22, 1890

Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin County, Ohio

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