Folklore of Virginia City, Nevada and Surrounding Area, 1974  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Folklore of Virginia City, Nevada and Surrounding Area
Dates
1974 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.07 linear feet
Collection Number
1974_061
Summary
Charlene Gates was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
Repository
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
97403
Telephone: 541-346-3925
flr@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Publication of this finding aid was supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.


Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Collection includes project release form signed by the collector.

Collection includes project release form with additional stipulations.

Restrictions on Use

Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy and additional stipulations by collectors or informants. See project release form in collection file for additional stipulations.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Master sheetReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

EssayReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Folklore textsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Container(s) Description Dates
Legends
"The Face on the Barroom Floor"
"Organ-Playin' Ghost"
"John Piper's Ghost"
"How Virginia City Got Its Name" (2 Versions)
"Ghost of St. Mary's of the Mountains Catholic Church"
"Paiutes Profit from Washoe Zephyr"
"Mad John Brown"
"Church Dynamited to Stop Fire"
"Mine Elevator Casualties"
"Gold and Silver Ball"
"Father Manogue"
"E Clampus Vitus"
"The White Nun"
"Truckee River Legend"
"Snowshoe Thompson"
"Suicide Table"
"Four-Day Jack"
"Sandy and Eiley Oram Bowers"
"The Curse of the Virginia City Gold"
Folk Speech
"Hot Water Plug"
"Crib Line"
"Johntown"
"Hangtown Fry"
"Stope door; Winze: Diggings; Hardrock"
Memorates
"Ghost in William Sharon House"
"Ghosts in Masonic Hall"
"Baby's Ghost Crying"
"Boarding House Ghost"
"Goats Grazing on Church Balcony"
"Ghost Lights Around Virginia City"
Popular Beliefs
"Tommyknockers"
"Women in Mines"
Oral History
"Chinese Joss Houses"
"Chinese Sell Wood"
"Virginia City Violence"
"Pyramid Lake Indian War" (2 versions)
"Julia Bulette" (2 versions)
"Statue of Justice"
"Virginia City Mining System"
"Virginia City Prostitutes"
"Social Stratification of Virginia City"
"The Mackays"
"Sandy and Eiley Oram Bowers"
"Knights of the Golden Circle"
"William Sharon"
"Chinese in Virginia City"
"The Six-Oh-One"
"Reno During Prohibition"
"Reno Violence"
"Julia Bulette's Grave
"Railroad Springs Under Opera House Door"
"Mines Around Virginia City"
"Mt. Davidson"
"Yellowjacket Fire"
"The Big Fire of 1876"
Tall Tale
"The Devil and Buster Jiggs"
Folk Architecture
"Nevada Indian House Type"
Custom
"Camel Races" (local festival)
Xeroxography
In-Class Composition #1
article: Cerveri, Doris. "Old documents tell part of Julia Bulette story; much left in dark." Reno Evening Gazette.
June 16, 1972
Supplemental materials
newspaper clipping: "Snarling camels gallop on the Comstock." Reno Evening Gazette.
September 10, 1973
booklet: Nevada Historical Society Quarterly. "The Back Number." Vol. 3, No. 1.
January-March 1960
booklet: "Nevada Historical Society Quarterly."
Spring 1972

Interview transcriptReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Sound recordingsReturn to Top

Description Dates
T02_1974_061_A: Jon Beaupré and Jim Higgins interviews on Virginia City lore
1.0 sound tape reel(s) (analog)
5 inches
5 inches
Jon Beaupré - Virginia City lore - both sides; Jim Higgins - Virginia City lore (Charlene Gates - tape 1)
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T02_1974_061_B: Jim Higgins, Virginia City lore and Pyramid L. monster; Barbara Manning, Pyramid L. monster, ghosts, Denver
1.0 sound tape reel(s) (analog)
5 inches
5 inches
Jim Higgins - Virginia City lore and Pyramid L. monster; Barbara Manning - Pyramid L. monster, ghosts, Denver (Tape 2)
June 1974

PhotographsReturn to Top

Description Dates
P01_1974_061_1_01: (Item C, Memorate, Nos. 3 and 4, "Baby's Ghost Crying" and "Boarding House Ghosts") Boarding house in which informant Jon Beaupre's family lived in Virginia City. Boarded-up alley behind house is location of the crying sound said to be that of the ghost o
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_1_02: (Item C. Memorate No. 1 "Ghost in William Sharon House"). Front view of house said to be that of William Sharon in Virginia City.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_1_03: (Item D, Popular Belief, No. 1, "Tommyknockers"). All that remains of the former Glory Hole Mine, where Tommyknockers were said to have lived.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_1_04: (Item G, Folk Architecture, No. 1, "Nevada Indian House Type"). Ruins of a Paiute Wickiup in Virginia City.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_01: "In memory of George Washington John James Christopher Benjamin." Originally one tombstone, no date. One person or serveral?
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_02: "In memory of George Washington John James Christopher Benjamin." Originally one tombstone, no date. One person or serveral?
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_03: "In memory of George Washington John James Christopher Benjamin." Originally one tombstone, no date. One person or serveral?
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_04: August Bouhaben. His relatives state clearly, even defiantly, that he was MURDERED.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_05: Carroll. Motif of the knelling lamb-meekness, the Lamb of God, reseurrection.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_06: One of the Stations of the Cross erected in Virginia City Cemetery by Father Meinecke in the Catholic section.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_07: Augustus E. Bass. "Not lost, but one before." Mystic rose motif.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_08: McCabe. Mystic rose (?) and thistle motif in art-nouvea style. Thistle = earthly sorrow and sin.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_09: Leon A Hughes. "O cruel death within the scope, Why bring our darling little boy, Why sntch away a mothers hope, A mothers pride a mothers joy."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_10: Iron railing around individual grave showing 5-pointed star motif - Christian symbol of hope.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_11: Old wooden tombstone painted white with black lettering, commemorating several members of the Ward family.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_12: John R. Williams, a young Englishman. Wooden tombstone painted white with black lettering, showing what looks like a half wagon wheel design.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_13: Charles Brown. Bas-relief of willow tree (sorrow and weeping) with funereal urn and mourning woman in flowing Classical drapery.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_14: John P. Chester. Motif of kneeling lamb with plain Latin cross.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_15: Fragment of unknown memorial: "Upon thy grave I erect this stone, A token of m love, While thinking of thy blest spirit dear, At rest with those above."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_16: Joncy Morgan. A typical soldier's memorial with Napoleonic hat over a draped and tasseled mantle. Motif of crown and two swords (?) with the three linked rings of the Order of Oddfellos.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_17: Harriet Ann James. Memorial wreath motif. "Yes, she is gone and we are going all; Like flowers we wither and like leaves we fall"
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_18: James McIlwain: "Since thou canst no longer stay, To cheer me with thy love, I hope to meet with thee again, In yon bright world above." Also on this memorial: "In loving remembrance of Joseph Daniel Schwartz, Dear son, though thou art gone, Fond memory c
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_19: Unidentified memorial with Masonic emblem and arch (possibly Royal Arch Mason?) with open gates.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_20: Marble sculpture of woman or angel.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_21: Hornick. Plain cross draped with rose chain over marble scroll.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_22: Column topped with draped marble funereal urn with ivy motif.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_23: Rita Ford, 1848-1929. Unusual memorial in pioneer cemetery -- possibly made from license plates?
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_24: Abner Bassett. Mystic rose with clasped hands motif of Knights of Pythias.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_25: Ornamented iron railing surrounding individual or family graves.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_26: John Clay Hampton. Napoleonic hat, draped mantle, cross and crown. Oddfellow?
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_27: Helen, wife of the above.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_28: A.M. Edgington. Had, mantle, cross and crown. Marble imitation Grecian funereal urn at side.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_29: "LILLIE'S tribute to her FATHER". Gruesome motif of severed hand holding a lily on a cushion.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_30: "LILLIE'S tribute to her FATHER". Gruesome motif of severed hand holding a lily on a cushion.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_31: Hampton. Knelling lamb at top of memorial, horse or pony courant at bottom, an unusual motif.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_32: Original wooden entrance gates to the cemetery.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_33: Wm. Drysdale, a Mason and a Scot. Funereal urn at top?
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_34: Unidentified fragment. "Beloved in life, Lamented in death."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_35: W.H. Trevillion. Oddfellow. "Farewell my wife and children all, From you a father Christ doth call."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_36: Louisa Smith. Wooden tombstone with white lettering.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_37: Nicholas Bennett. Oddfellow motif.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_38: Minnie L. Lean. "Dear mother do not weep, Though chastening be his rod, Thy childs but gone to sleep, To wake in heaven with God."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_39: John Retallack, a mining accident victim. Knights of Pythias.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_40: Nellie C. Knapp. Motif of willow tree and mourning angel bearing wreath.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_41: Amadore? Motif of hand with finger pointing upward. "Good Bye Mama"
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_42: Pearson. Masonic emblem.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_43: Pfeifer: Mantle draped with roses.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_44: Tally. Draped mantle with both Masonic and Oddfellow emblems. Ivy twining over mantle.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_45: Peter G. King, Mason. "In God I trust in Christ I believe"
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_46: Charles Rawson. Unusual incised or engraved pictures of broken columns. "Peaceful be thy silent slumber"
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_47: Margaret Thomas. Willow tree, mourning woman with wreath leaning on broken column.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_48: Charlotte Antonia Kruttschnitt. Willow tree, mourning woman with wreath leaning on broken column, bush or evergreen tree (?) at side.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_49: Spencer. Engraved tablet with no writing, either unused or waiting…
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_50: Iron railing with motif of grape cluster, roses, willow tree, and kneeling lamb.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_51: Unidentified. "Sleep on dear Mother, and take thy rest. God called thee home, He thought it best. Suffer little children to come unto me. To abide in a home of rest. May their souls rest in Peace"
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_52: M.W. Son of M. E. Williams. Unusual sandstone monument.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_53: John Schollar: "In perfect health I left my home, Not thinking that my race was run, But as flowers grow, they decay, And sudden death's snatched me away."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_54: Old woden tombstone, originally white with black letters? "Gone but not forgotten"
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_55: Owen Evans. "Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was (I), As I am now, so must you (be), Therefore prepare to follow (me)"
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_56: Wooden tombstone; William E. Pearl. "When we gather a gardens blossom, That was tended with such care, Rudely tear it from it's bosom, How its heart aches in despair, We miss the fair, sweet blossom But tears and sorrow sincere, Cannot bring back our love
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_57: Emblem of Knights of Pythias. "My Husband and our little Willie."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_58: J.M. Stephens: Oddfellow? "Call not back the dear departed, Anchored safe where storms are o'er; On the border land we left him, Soon to meet and part no more."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_59: William E. Thokel (?). Wooden tombstone, white with black letters. "Wait the great teacher Death, and God adore, What future bliss he gives not thee to know, But gives that hope to be thy blessing now, Hope springs eternal in the human breast, Man never i
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_60: Lavinia W. Lannen. "Death is but a kindly frost that cracks the shell and leaves the kernel room to germinate."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_61: Hugh Doyle. "Farewell dear Hugh, our friend and Brother, may your Soul forever rest, with that God who watches over us, for 'twas he who tho't best."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_62: Daniel T. Harrington: "Dearest brother, thou has left us, Here, thy loss we deeply feel, But 'tis God that hath bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_63: Martha Christian Kelly. "Angels, sweet Angels bear our Darling Child to the home of Jesus ever meek and mild."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_64: Iron railing with Greek or Roman classical heads.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_65: Emma Walsh. Wooden tombstone, white with black letters.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_66: Pat Martin. "From where the Shannon flows"
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_67: Thomas Carrol. Highly stylized willow tree.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_68: Mary Emma Farrell. "Our Emma" "Suffer little Children to come unto me, To abide in a home of rest. Forbid them not to leave sad earth, To repose in love upon my Breast."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_69: James Heffron. Weeping willow, morning woman with plain Latin cross.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_70: "En memoire de Andre Hourgasson Natif de Benue, Hautes Pirenees France, Decede le 25 Decembre 1878, A l'age de 47 ans. Priez pour lui. Erected by his widdow" "In memory of Andre Hourgasson. Native of Benue. Hautes Pirennes France. Deceased December 25, 18
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_71: Dewitt A Stanton. "Gone but not forgotten."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_72: Unidentified. "Ere sin could harm or sorrow fade, Death came with friendly care, The opening but to heaven conveyed, And bade it blossom there."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_73: "Minna McLeod his Wife, Who was called from Earth, six weeks after her marriage, Lovily in their lives and in their deaths not long divided"
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_74: John Jos. Killoy. Stylized willow with Latin cross.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_75: Maggie David Counihan., and children."How lonely we feel, For our children we loved; If we miss them below, We will meet them above."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_76: Edward Spencer. Standstone monument.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_77: "Our Children" heart-shaped marble monument.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_78: Ornate draped monument with urn and chains of roses.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_79: Margaret M. Dunn: "Dearest Mother thou hast left us, None so kind thy place can fill; But tis god (sic) that hath bereft us, Tis only he can comfort still."
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_80: Lackey. Round marble monument with incised vine leaves.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_81: J.P. Flanninghan. Draped and tasselled mantle.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_82: Johannah. Plain Latin cross monument to Walsh mother and children.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_83: A. Bellaigneau. Draped and tasseled mantle.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_84: James McCreadie. Marble daisy.
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_85: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_86: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_87: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_88: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
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P01_1974_061_2_89: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
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P01_1974_061_2_90: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
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P01_1974_061_2_91: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_92: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
1.0 photographic print(s)
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P01_1974_061_2_93: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
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P01_1974_061_2_94: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
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P01_1974_061_2_95: Grave marker, Virginia City Cemetery
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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • 20's
  • Americans
  • Middle-class
  • Photographs
  • Sound recordings
  • University students and graduates in the liberal arts/social science fields
  • White
  • Personal Names :
  • Higgins, L. James
  • Mrs. L. James Higgins
  • Geographical Names :
  • Pyramid Lake
  • Reno (Nev.)
  • Virginia City (Nev.)
  • Washoe Valley (Nev.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project