Posted by: Diane Langton/SourceMedia Group News | June 23, 2009

Tombstone in Bever Park, 1959

Fifty years ago, on June 23, 1959, The Gazette published a small item about vandals and a tombstone. bever tombstone

Why would anyone want to remove a tombstone from a grave and deposit it someplace else? 

But even more mysterious is where that tombstone was in the first place.

An obituary ran July 12, 1957, for Gertrude E. Duncan. She was buried at Cedar Memorial.

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  1. Hi Diane,
    Too bad that our Genealogical Society of Linn Co. wasn’t in business in 1959 when the “Found Tombstone in Bever Park” was printed in the Gazette. Our Library would have first looked in our Cemetery Records and also in our obituary books which begin in 1894. And the police went to a lot of work going to the Linn Co. courthouse. Since she died in Mason City, she would not be shown in their records. In the last few years, our library has helped a Marion Detective locate where 2 different tombstones belonged. He now calls himself the Tombstone Detective when he calls our library. Enjoy reading the articles of longer ago. Charlene

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