Thursday, November 13, 2008

What's in a name?

If ye rabbits ever hop down the Orange Blossom Trail to Home Road in Kissimmee, you will see a neat little cemetery with an even neater angel-topped marker waiting to greet you.

But, yours truly was a little perplexed on a recent visit to discover what I had always known as "The Howard Cemetery" is now apparently known as "Pine Ridge Cemetery."

I guess the latter name is more appropriate since the place is no longer exclusively used by the Howard family.

The Howards established this as their final resting place back in 1903, but the oldest marker I could find was a few years later. Here's the inscription if you can't read it in the picture posted here:

wife of
Henry Howard
Aug. 25, 1907
Age 52 Yrs.
"Gone but not

Back in the late 1920s, when the Orange Blossom Trail was widened in this neck of the woods, the roadway cut straight thru the cemetery grounds.

By the 1980s, it was overgrown with palmettos and weeds, in truly deplorable condition.
Then, local civic activist Buster Lesesne stepped up to the plate to set things straight. He is evidently the fellow responsible for placing the aforementioned angel marker.
But, I wonder if he is also responsible for the name change?
A bit disconcerted now, so will sign off until tomorrow. Til then, happy hopping!

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