A few weeks ago, blogger zzzlauna commented on Brett Erickson’s image of the Montrose, Neb., cemetery:
“Thanks for your pic Montrose Catholic Church, Sioux County, Nebraska. My ggg-grandmother is buried in the cemetery there. I’m a genealogist and handicapped. I will never make it there but I am soooo glad to see your picture–a hauntingly beautiful piece of an era just about gone.”
It so happened that the Images of the West project was about to make another trip to Montrose, and after making several images of the church and cemetery, Brett sought out the grave of Caroline Soske Brown, zzzlauna’s great-great-great grandmother. He found it in the northeast corner of the cemetery.
Brown was born August 15, 1849; she died one day short of her 44th birthday on August 14, 1893. She should have lived much longer, seen the new century, and enjoyed a fruitful–if hard–life on the Nebraska frontier.