Cliff and I went to an Allis Chalmers tractor swap-meet at Boonville today. The sun was shining brightly and temperatures were rising gradually. We finished our business there before noon. As we got in the car to go home, I asked Cliff how far it was to Versailles from there. He thought it was pretty far, but the IPad told me that forty miles would get us there. We found Highway 5 south and headed to Versailles. Why not take a side trip?
I had packed a couple of sandwiches, two apples, and some cookies, as well as a thermos of coffee, and when we came to a park we recognized from our biker days, that's where we decided to eat. We pulled into a different spot than before, though, because I needed to pee, and there are no facilities there. So Cliff parked where I would be hidden from view from the road. Yes, I am THAT much a hillbilly.
It was still a little too breezy and cool to eat outside, so Cliff and I sat in the car to eat our lunch. When I was done I got out with my camera and, turning to look behind us, realized there was a very old cemetery there.
HERE to read about her. I didn't find out her entire story, of course, until I got home to the computer. Meanwhile, there was something at this memorial stone that I didn't understand:
Obviously people decided she qualified as a soldier due to her Indian-fighting, because according to my information, it's a custom to put pennies on a soldier's grave. You can read about that HERE, if you are ignorant of this custom as I was.
And NOW I know why this little park is called "The Hannah Cole Roadside Park".
People certainly had to be tough, back in the olden days, didn't they?