Calvary Cemetery, the oldest diocesan cemetery, in 1859. Calvary Cemetery is situated about two miles north of Rose Hill and within about a mile of Evanston on the Milwaukee Road. It comprises about one hundred and twenty acres beautifully situated on the Lake Shore". In those days, a single train ran on Sunday from Chicago to Calvary and made the journey in one hour.
Died Oct 31, 1886
Aged 29 years 2 months
There is something peaceful about the natural rustic look of a tree stone. Tree stones were popular from the 1880’s to 1920’s. Symbols found on the tree stones include axes, mauls, wedges, any type of tool used in woodworking, flowers, vines, animals, chairs, buckets – anything that helped tell the story of the person buried there. This man was a firefighter.
Corinthian column on a crypt...
Old limestone portrait stone
Sacred to the memory of our daughter
Nelly May Bryne (May 12, 1863-August 30, 1880)
Patrick Carroll...A Fallen Firefighter
The graves of John A. Lynch and family occupy an "island" in a crossroads. The entire island is enclosed with low stone curbing, in the shape of a diamond. The graves are indicated with horizontal coffin-shaped slabs surrounding a central monument. An entrance in one side is flanked by two angels.
Arthur J. Branigan (May 13, 1901-September 6, 1916)
Erected by Aunt Kate
Monubench...carved chairs were probably not intended for use as anything but monuments. Once the original purpose of these chairs fell out of fashion, superstitions developed in association with the act of sitting in them. In a typical example, local young people dare one another to visit the site, most often after dark, at midnight, or on some specified night such as Halloween or New Year's Eve. Variously, the stories suggest the person brave enough to sit in the chair at such a time may be punished for impudence or rewarded for courage.
Angel with broken wings
The monument of Thomas Gahan.
Calvary's most remarkable monument is that of Joseph "Josie" Lyon, who died in 1891 at the age of nine.
The boy stares out through the glass door of this domed granite booth, leaning on a stump, a prayer book in his hand.
The Eugene monument features a hat and gun belt.
In memory of Anna C. Spahn...died November 19, 1922
Winged Angel...the spirit winging it's way to heaven.
Many symbols on this headstone...Hands pointing down represents God reaching down for the soul. Dove-innocence, gentleness, affection, purity, Holy Spirit. Cross-Emblem of Faith. Drapes- mourning or mortality. Torch Inverted-life extinct or the end of a family line
Unusual treestone with a cross tied to the trunk.
Patined copper doors.