Bloom City Cemetery
Bloom Township, Richland County, Wisconsin USA
Tales the Tombstones Tell - Republican Observer November 10, 1955
About Cemeteries Here and There
A well kept cemetery is the one at Bloom City and it
contains the remains of many of the old timers who made this county
what it is today. It took rugged work to hew the fine farms from
heavily timbered tracts and the town of Bloom furnished many of these
sturdy citizens. We noted many familiar names upon the stones, one of
these whom we heard about was Isaac McMahan, who became noted far and
wide through an apple tree developed upon his farm which later on was
one of the standard varieties. It was developed as a seedling,
excellent for eating or cooking. It was an early variety and was known
throughout the land as the McMahan apple. The older portion of the
Bloom City cemetery contains many stones which have become so weather
beaten that only the deeper cut letters can be made out.
A marker for Almira Peckman, who died January 14,
1872, at the age of five years reads: Though so still her dimpled
hands, Dimpled cheeks so pale, Though our bud of promise proved For the
earth too frail; Near her grave no chilling breath Whispers to
our hearts of death.
On another stone is this line: "Our days on this
earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding."
And there you have a brief visit to a number of
cemeteries. When the shadows begin to lengthen for you be of good cheer
and keep in mind that simple but true inscription on a stone in the
"Dying in but going home."
Tales The Tombstones Tell - Republican Observer - February 7, 1957
Epitaphs upon tombstones appear to be things of the
past. They are infrequent now-a-day on the newer monuments but the old
time markers are engraved with verses. Some of these epitaphs on older
stones have so faded away, worn by rains and winds that they can no
longer be read. These appear upon the marble stones and no doubt that
in another ten years most of the remaining stones will be so weather
worn that they will be more difficult to make out.
Here are some epitaphs taken at random here and
there from tombstones in various burying grounds about the county.
In the Bloom City cemetery a marker for Alice Hall,
who died on April 1, 1873, at the age of 34, read:
"Why lament the Christian dying,
Why indulge in tears or
Calmly on the Lord relying
She can greet the open tomb.
What if death with icy
all the font
of life congeals,
'Tis not there thy life
'Tis not death her spirit
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