images of america chippiannock cemetery by minda powers douglas

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Title: Images of America, Chippiannock Cemetery

Author: Minda Powers-Douglas


Built on a ridge named for the great Native American spirit Manitou, Chippiannock Cemetery has honored the dead of Rock Island County for over 150 years. Chippiannock, which means "village of the dead" in the Sauk and Fox languages, is truly a village. People from all walks of life are buried in the majestic rolling grounds. From railroad and lumber barons to blacksmiths and riverboat captains, here one will find the people who made this land along the Mississippi River thrive. Upon stepping through the gates of Chippiannock, one finds memorials to the dead, ranging from artistic and stately to simple or humble. Each stone tells a story - whether it is a cenotaph in honor of Civil War Major General John Buford or the two Dimick children who passed away on the same day in 1878 of diphtheria. Today Chippiannock remains an active, "living" cemetery, beloved by locals and considered a jewel of the Quad Cities.

Minda Powers-Douglas is a writer and cemetery advocate from Moline. She is the editor and founder of Epitaphs Magazine and the Web site TheCemeteryClub. She also leads workshops on cemetery art and symbolism, gravestone rubbing, and memoir writing.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.


 passages collection of personal histories of chippiannock cemetery

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Title: Passages: A Collection of Personal Histories of Chippiannock Cemetery

Edited by: Terri Wiebenga


Thank you to Greg Vogele and Tracey McVay at the Chippiannock Cemetery office for their efficiency and diligence; Jill Doak for her grant-writing and her historical knowledge; Bj Elsner for agreeing to serve as Grant Evaluator and for her proof-reading skills; and the people all over the country who agreed to share the stories of their ancestors with us. Use of the book, Rock Island: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, edited by Bj Elsner, was invaluable.

Special thanks to Bruce Walters for offering the use of his beautiful drawings.