NEAT THINGS I'VE READ LATELY: The Spinster
& the Cemetery
A friend in research was perusing the FAMILY, CHURCH & COMMUNITY CEMETERIES
OF TROUP COUNTY GEORGIA, compiled by Dorothy McClendon, Lillie Lambert &
Danny night. 1990. LaGrange GA: Family Tree. ISBN 89-85640. I ran across this
interesting tidbit from the unnumbered page following page 446:
"When I was a child our village cemetery was
a place young courting couples walked on a Sunday afternoon. After you got
there you could sit out under the trees in the churchyard or wander around
reading the different tombstones. I know of two of my friends who received
their proposals of marriage while comfortably seated on some distant
relative's final resting place. Real nice, I think.
I shall never forget one time when our village
spinster set her cap for one of our widowers. He worked down near the railroad
and at least twice a week the maiden lady felt the need to sweep off her
mother's burial plot. (She had to pass the widower's office to get to the
As she'd pass my father's store gaily swinging
her broom, he'd stand in the door and loudly proclaim to everybody, including
the sweeper, "I'll tell you if he doesn't pop the question soon she's
gonna sweep that poor old lady right out of the ground." My mother nearly
had a heart attack every time he said it."
The author is listed as Sara Sopano, and the article
titled: Cemeteries were Cherished Places, was reprinted from the Columbus Ledger
Enquirer, no date of publication indicated.
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