This well-tended graveyard, spread out on a gentle hillside north of the settlement, has poignant associations with the first settlers and the gradual Americanization of their descendants. “P. G. Smith, Buchannon,” carved the oldest tombstones, embellishing them with his signature, along with anchors, sheep, or folded hands with index fingers pointing heavenward, as well as German inscriptions. Most of his stones date from the 1880s and memorialize pioneers born in Switzerland in the 1820s and 1830s. By the 1890s, inscriptions began to be carved in English, and “Asleep in Jesus” came to replace “Hierruht in Gott.”
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