Saddle Mountain Cemetery

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Hank Waxman on January 28, 2008

I've seen cemeteries like this throughout the midwest. They're classic. Thanks.


Marilyn Whiteley on January 28, 2008

Hank, for me that's a cemetery of the plains. The truly classic midwestern cemetery has more trees--like this. Perhaps I'm drawn to cemeteries with trees because, just as I don't like lying out in the sun while I'm alive, I don't think I'd want to in death, either!


MaryAlice on February 4, 2008

This is so beautiful. The colors are ALIVE! You did a beautiful job with this. Is is standing out there all alone, or is anything around the area? It looks very windy. I would love to explore all the names, dates, and inscriptions. Beautiful job.

Marilyn Whiteley on February 4, 2008

MaryAlice, I told you about the woman on whom I'm doing the research. This is where she is buried so I explored quite a while ... looking for her grave which I found eventually. The frame church that was once nearby has been moved away, and there's now a small portable building used as a church. There's nothing else nearby.

MaryAlice on February 5, 2008

Marilyn: I kind of thought this might be the place, but I wasn't sure. Was there anything written on her stone? If so, what did it say? I bet you were so excited to see this. It is beautiful, and you did a wonderful job of capturing it so softly, but yet with such rich colors. I think it's beautifully done.

Marilyn Whiteley on February 5, 2008

Her stone has the inscription, "I dwell among my own people." That is extremely poignant because she died in 1961, in Canada, but she left Saddle Mountain in 1906. It's a long and complicated story, but she and the Kiowas of Saddle Mountain retained a strong respect and affection. I've given two papers on the subject at academic meetings, but I really need to write that book!

MaryAlice on February 5, 2008

That is beautiful. Oh Marilyn, you really DO need to write that book! Now I'm going to want to buy it! I want to know more. Get to work!

Giorgio Sari on July 18, 2008

a thought a prayer for all particularly for Ioleta Hunt McElhaneyciao Giorgio

Marilyn Whiteley on July 28, 2008

Thank you, Giorgio. It is a place that inspires prayers. Greetings, Marilyn

Dean Reeder on October 1, 2008

I live near the Saddle Mtn. Cemetery and the community building 2 miles west of the cemetery has over 500 photo's of early days at Saddle Mtn. Several pictures of Isabel Crawford and many of the early Kiowa converts. Also one of Isabel Crawfords sermons which was copied from the church scrapbook. Would be happy to share info with anyone interested. A great much of our history.

Marilyn Whiteley on October 22, 2008

I left you a reply which included my e-mail address, but I didn't want to leave it here too long so I'm removing it. If you see this, let me know, and I'll give it to you again because I'd very much like to make contact. Thank you for leaving your comment. I'm very interested in the pictures.

Xeper on October 12, 2009

Interesting picture. I think its creepy there at night! ;-)

Marilyn Whiteley on October 17, 2009

Thanks for your visit, Xeper. Maybe peaceful instead of creepy ...

A'hoDa'koy on March 7, 2010

I actually own the property on the west side of the cemetary, stretching from the cemetary to the large, kinda delapidated red house. My whole family's Kiowa and were really familiar with Isabel Crawford and her work. If you need any information still, I could probably help you with that. ~ A. Kaulaity

Marilyn Whiteley on March 13, 2010

I was very glad to hear from you, A. Kualaity, and I'd like to be in contact if you're willing. My address is my first initial followed immediately by my last name (all lower case) at gto dot net.

Marilyn Whiteley

Journey Kat on September 27, 2010

A'hoDa'koy - I would LOVE to find information out about the Saddle Mountain church if the offer would be open to anybody else. I recently read Ms. Crawfords book and was thrilled. my email is kitcat_1977 at hotmail dot com

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