I have been standing on the side of life that affords a view.
Today I walked up to the old and seemingly forgotten cemetery at Walker Road and Whittemore Hill Road in the Town of Owego, NY.
I have been there off and on since the 1990's, the last person was apparently buried in 1940.
The majority of the people here are of German descension;
I have often wondered if there was a terrible occurrence at the onset of World War II in 1941.
Several years ago, I asked a woman that I know of from my church about the cemetery.
She had and continues to live nearby as she is now in her 90's and was a young woman in the 1940's.
She indicated that she did not know of any occurrence;
I dropped the subject as I was not convinced of anything as I see her as a strong minded and determined woman that would never admit grief.
The cemetery consists of hard working Germans that settled here in the 19th and early 20th century.
Commanding officer Willard Thayer 1846-1916, served in the XIX Corps (Union Army) during the American Civil War (1861-1865).
Thayer was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Post 350, Capt. James Taggart, Northumberland, PA.
His grave is unkept and it is somewhat sad to see the lonely remains of a memory.
It is obvious that there is no one that attends his grave, the years at the top of the hill are harsh and so very unforgiving.
Willard Thayer 1846-1916, Grand Army of the Republic
Final encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, Indianapolis, Aug. 28 - Sept. 1, 1949
When I walk from home, this is the principal location that I walk by.
Nearby, there is a tall waterfall that I call Teeter Falls in reflection of the name of the road and, there is a pond in which the Day Hollow creek starts at as it flows year round less the most frigid days in which all water ceases to flow by sheer suspension of motion.
The cemetery is the square area in the center of the map.
I often walk to stay healthy and acquire media for my projects.