Man standing at a grave

By: usermattw

May 27 2019

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Category: Men


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What it is:

Photo measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches.


What I know about it:

The photo printer’s stamp on the back is incomplete, but it is dated June 12, 1942, and appears to be in Colorado.



I can’t read the grave marker, so I don’t know who it is or when they died.  Posting it today, on Memorial Day, might be slightly inappropriate since I don’t know if this grave has any connection to a military death.  But as I was sorting through my photos, the image of this man standing respectfully, and maybe a bit forlornly, at a grave had a certain resonance anyway.

7 comments on “Man standing at a grave”

  1. Hellow Matthew,
    the grave marker is not readable but the photograph shows two other readable headstones and Google found them as Roy SOWLES (1889-1922) and Paul MICHAUD (1866-1935) in the Evergreen Cemetery, Superior, Nuckolls County, Nebraska. Since the Photo was printed June 12, 1942, I looked for Obituaries of earlier this year and found one that might fit: Edward J. DAVISON, * Nov 7, 1888, + March 19, 1942. He had two sons, the younger of which, Lannis D. DAVISON (see ), moved to Albany, Wyoming and died in Sun City, Arizona. The print at the backside reads “Denver Colorado”.

    • Hello, Günther! As usual, the information you provide is wonderful. I assume you enjoy doing all this research. It is certainly appreciated. Yes, I was assuming the stamp on the back read “Denver Colorado”, but I was only sure about Colorado”. As for the other information, it didn’t even occur to me to Google the other graves. I wonder if the grave marker in this picture was just temporary, since the one pictured on Find-A-Grave is different. Thanks again! I’ll have to post some more photos I have, particularly some German ones, that have puzzled me, in case you can help with some answers.

  2. [Edward J. DAVISON, * Nov 7, 1888]
    sorry for mistyping; of course it reads 1868.

  3. Lannis attended the Horological Department of the Bradley Technological Institute in Peoria, Illinois and became a Jeweller and watchmaker. He married after his graduation and still lived in his home town in 1930 as a watchmaker (note his glasses). His father was a railway conductor, his elder brother a mail carrier. Larry and his wife must have moved to Laramie, Albany county, Wyoming in or shortly before 1937 since the 1940 census shows them in Laramie, Lannis as owner of a jewelry shop and his younger son James as being born there in 1937.

    • Thanks, as always, for all this information! It’s interesting to try to piece it together. It sounds like Lannis traveled from his home in Laramie, Wyoming, to visit his father’s grave in Superior, Nebraska, either on the occasion of his death, or shortly thereafter. So why did he get the photos developed in Denver, which is 125 miles south of his home. and hundreds of miles west of this grave? Perhaps he stopped in Denver on his way home? It may have been a logical enough route before the Interstate Highway System was built. Or, of course, I remember, back in the days of actual film, waiting months to get a picture developed until the whole roll of film was used up.

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