Cemeteries offer so much for photography. Art, sculpture & architecture, shadows and countless untold or forgotten stories.
The individual stories of each person interned, as well as that of the community. One can often see the economic and political eras of a community by the layout of the sections: fraternal orders, racial/ethnic, religious, pioneers, etc., as well as by the materials used: wood, iron, brick, stone. Everything within the cemetery tells the highs and lows a community has experienced.
This month I was photographing some of the pioneer graves at Benton Hot Springs. While processing the shots, I was trying to verify a name on a faded marker when I came across a story from another stone I had shot.
Fowler B. Remington died Feb. 25, 1914. The story reported that Mr. Remington was the postmaster at Benton and on this day his post office was undergoing and inspection by the Post Master General Inspector. While the inspector was going through the books and cash records, Mr. Remington asked to proceed sorting and delivering the mail into the boxes. After he had finished, he excused himself for a few minutes. He went across the street to his house, shaved and then went into the bathroom. Upon returning to the post office he fell dead in the street. He had apparently committed suicide. A broken bottle of cyanide was found in the bathroom with remnants of the bottle in his pocket.
No apparent reason was found for the suicide, as no note was found nor any discrepancies in the post office records discovered.
He left behind a wife and child.