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Larry (#47255152)
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I think a cruel joke is being played upon me. After a long Minnesota winter of loneliness and isolation, spring arrived with warmer weather, sunny skies, and requests from Findagravers for a volunteer to help them out.

I anxiously waited for the ice and snow to melt so that I could be Mr. Helpful, the Cemetery Guy. Away I went in my partly restored 1956 hearse to the local burying ground. I took pictures like crazy and sent my pictures of achievement to anxious awaiting Findagravers. Then, a strange thing happened on the way to the forum, no one bothered to say "THANK YOU" very much. Just silence. (Like when you ask the wife what is wrong!)

Part of being a volunteer is the good warm fuzzies I get when I do a good deed. I imagine the joy and satisfaction of making someone else's day. I imagine the emotional rush and hormone surge of seeing old uncle John's burial spot. Some have reported they get a tingle down their leg when viewing my grave photo's. I have been told repeatedly that some of my pictures are better than _ex. (I feel sorry for them.)

Silence, silence, silence. It's like going to the mailbox each day hoping to get a letter from you know who. Bitter,bitter, and patooey disappointment as I see my email account indicating a ZERO arrival from appreciative adoring FAG fans.

Da wife reminds me that there are two types of people on this crusty world called Earth. Those that give and those who take. With FAG, you experience the joy and sorrow of meeting both. It is too bad that too many who request volunteers to do their bidding are takers. Saying PLEASE or THANK YOU are words foreign to their gibberish.

Imagine feeling so entitled that the world revolves only around yourself. Dweebs like myself are supposed to jump at a moments notice, buy the gas, drive the miles, search the cemeteries, provide the camera, download the pictures, enhance the pictures, and satisfy their lust for grave stone marker photos of their family without a word of thanks or encouragement!

Insanity is continuing to repeat a behavior expecting a different result. This fellow is finally realizing the takers are outnumbering the givers on this site. Thus, in order to avoid being classified as insane, I am no longer a volunteer. Yes, I have retired from being Captain Good Guy!

For all those in my area that want a picture, book a flight and take your own pictures. It's a way for you to see that Minnesota is a beautiful place to live, proving you don't mind 7 months of winter.

Spring has sprung and it is time for all Findagravers to ready themselves for the spring/summer cemetery festival. Get out your pith helmet, safari clothes, binoculars, digging tools, and flask for hip pocket. (Like my uncles always said, "Everything goes better with bourbon.")

It seems that everyone has a favorite means of transportation when taking the Cemetery Safari. I prefer my 1956 restored Pontiac hearse. The coffin in the back holds my cemetery tools and extra bourbon bottles. Elroy, my next-door neighbor, installed two Boze speakers behind the front grill. Neighbors love it when I back my hearse out of the garage to the tune of the "Grateful Dead." They refer to me as the crazy cemetery guy. My wife agrees!

I am looking into getting a hitch attachment installed on my hearse. I have decided that I need to upgrade my digging equipment from small spade to Bobcat Loader. I think the old 56 Pontiac can pull it. Now, I can find those elusive stone markers that have been reclaimed by Mother Nature. In the past, I liked to sneak in and out of the cemeteries unnoticed. My upgrade may make this impossible.

Elroy, my next door neighbor, suggested I look into buying one of those new contraptions called a Drone. He said I could simply stay home and fly this drone to the cemetery. My question to Elroy was "Can a drone dig and clean a headstone?" I think not! Thus, I have ruled drone strikes out....

I recently wrote my congressman and congress woman about the need for Porta Potty's at cemeteries. With so many Findagravers out there, it has become a necessity. Not all cemeteries have corn fields which provide real relief when nature calls. Biffies or Porta-Potty's would be welcomed. If your local cemetery does not have these services, you can always wear Depends. You know what? Ghost Busters always wear Depends. Honest, they do.

As for my bio you ask! Well, just let me say that I am one handsome fellow, mature beyond my years, humble, humorous, witty, pleasant, and a joy to be around. (My wife disagrees.)

I am a retired road bump supervisor for the county. Daily I checked for over 30 years that the road bumps were in good order, working properly, and clearly identified. I was an entry in the World Road Bump Contest that was held in Bulgaria in 2003. I came in second to a woman from Serbia. (Boy, did she have road bumps.)

The next time you drive over a road bump, think of me. If they are produced just right, you hit your head on the roof of the car. Anything less is a design problem caused by a drowsy engineer.

When I retired the county installed a road bump in my driveway in order to slow the wife down when she comes home from shopping. It works great and I have not had to repair the garage since installation. I placed an official sign half way down the street that says "Wife Road Bump Ahead."

You know, cemeteries kind of remind me of road bumps in a way. The Mrs. says FAG is Facebook for the Dead. I agree!

May your life be smooth and not too bumpy. God Bless!
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RE: A Nudder Bio Update!
Ohhhh you poor thing...if you was doing my picture requests here in S.D. I'd be giving both you & your bride a big ole hug along w/a huge THANK-YOU for fulfilling my picture requests...
FYI:The hug for your bride would be for putting up w/you & all your trips to the cemeterys etc...


Added by Beth.Bailey on May 25, 2015 11:59 AM
Hey brat...
It is raining & cloudy here...just yucky outside so I'm starting to pack for my upcoming move in the fall.
Just wanted to let cha know I was thinking 'bout you.... <(^_^)>

~ Beth ~
Added by Beth.Bailey on May 24, 2015 3:51 PM
Carol Kuehnel
Nels Stageberg
Nels has two listings in the find-a-grave site, and the other is more complete. Nels Olson Stageberg is the complete name. Would you consider deleting yours?

Carol Stageberg Kuehnel
Added by Carol Kuehnel on May 23, 2015 8:04 AM
Pioneer Museum
Union Cemetery
Looking at the names you have kindly transferred over, you have sent a lot of the original pioneers from our area & their descendants, along with past Museum Board members & volunteers. Thanks a million!
Added by Pioneer Museum on May 19, 2015 3:58 PM
Pioneer Museum
Union Cemetery
Thanks for the transfers. We will take excellent care of them. Missed you last Saturday. If you have time the Museum has an Open House Monday - Memorial Day - 10:30 to 2:30. You perform a great service to those who have passed Larry. See you soon. Nancy @ Western Hennepin Co Pioneer Museum.
Added by Pioneer Museum on May 19, 2015 3:56 PM
RE: Bio Update Alert
Hey Larry:
Your right full of it again now aren't cha ? Silly man :-)

Rally...Harley ? NOT !!! That rally is enough to drive an insane person over the edge....

More on the subject later...Grrrr

~ Beth ~
Added by Beth.Bailey on May 18, 2015 9:54 AM
E Lindberg
Petheram Memorial updates
Thank you for creating the memorials and processing my suggested links to family so promptly. Your bio made me laugh this morning and I do agree with the Mrs. Find A Grave is Facebook for the dead.
Kind Regards,
Eric Lindberg
Added by E Lindberg on May 13, 2015 5:02 AM
RE: Spring Hill Cemetery
The Lloyd Croft on the WPA records seems to be Loyd Groft...So maybe you can annotate that as an alternate name?

I have visited with a few of the neighbors on the unmarked graves. There is the thought that since Buffalo County has always been a bit of a "poor" county, perhaps the families could not afford markers. And many of the unmarked are children and infants. (The infant mortality rate in these parts was downright horrific.)

There are a few spots where I think originally there was a marker, as just the concrete foundation remains. The marble markers do not generally hold up well out here on the prairie. Also, in the case of the Keeler children, there is a marker that says Keeler. The children are buried in very close proximity, as in grave 1-A, 2-A but the same plot...So I think they were interred together, and the marker that was there deteriorated, and a newer one was put in place without the names.

We are trying to figure out how the WPA "mapped" the cemetery, and then discern who is where. (Laugh all you want, but I am pretty good at dousing to find graves.) My husband is willing to make metal markers with names and dates with his plasma cutter.

Sorry to be so long-winded, and sorry to bombard you with annotations! I would have liked to have given you a heads-up! Thanks for your help!
Added by happee_grrl on May 12, 2015 8:18 AM
RE: Closson Briley
Hi, Larry

I am not sure where Samuel Briley is buried. The Minnesota death index indicates he died in Sibley County. I had found Jane on FindAGrave and had hoped there might be a stone that could be photographed. She did die in Hennepin County. Thank you for trying to find a stone for her.

I did notice the spelling for Clauson. As we say in genealogy, spelling is optional!

Added by Brooke on May 10, 2015 5:23 PM
RE: Briley stones
Thank you Larry. It would be nice if you could find Jane's stone as well as further uncover the other. Great work!

Added by Brooke on May 09, 2015 4:15 PM
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