Gertude Derks Consort of the late Bartholomew Bless – Born March 5, 1824 – Died February 23, 1892 – Requested in peace
it’s cut onto the side of a stone for someone else. Bart Bless Sr. is nowhere to be found in the vicinity. However, the son and daughter-in-law, or perhaps grandson, is buried 20-30 feet away.
Hi readers. Thanks for coming by for a read.
Jeanne’s got spring break from her daytime job this week, and my electronic brain I use for a heart these days is defragmenting. So Jeanne’s taking this occasion to show me around some KS/MO sightseeing Mecca places. Likely as not there’ll be all manner of highbrow cultural stuff, but yesterday it was Weston, MO [all of it that didn't burn down in 1859, or has been built since the town burned down], and Leavenworth, KS.
That tombstone at the top was in the Weston graveyard and said so much about Weston, humanity, the history of the human race, ethics, morals, compassion, and other matters we could have stopped and I’d have used it as a launchpad for this blog entry, waxed poetic and philosophical until I was sated.
But we didn’t stop there. We went to the overlook in Weston State Park and looked, me breathlessly, at the mighty Missouri River flowing below. Read the initials carved inside various hearts carved on trees back when the world was young. Looked at old barns and whatnot.
Then drove across the river to Leavenworth. Visited the only old timey Army Surplus Store in Christiandom carrying on the tradition of old odors of mildew, ’98 Mauser bolt action rifles, coal scuttle helmets, and clever posters about huns and loose lips sinking ships.
Afterward we drove to the VA Hospital, discovered a 600 acre ghost town of memories of US military veteran aches, pains, and infirmities. Heck of an interesting place.
By which time I was worn down to a small frazzle. We didn’t visit the National Cemetery.
But today after she worked half-day on her usually night job she took me to see the Westport battleground. Biggest Civil War battlefield west of the Mississippi River. Covered with houses and large other sorts of buildings built between Appomattox doings and now.
Just driving around that 53 square mile battlefield looking at all the houses wore me down to a small frazzle.
Luckily, tomorrow I’m going in bright and early for another eccocardiogram, chest xrays, blood lab work and something else I can’t remember right now. At the OTHER VA Medical Center nearby somewhat. The one that didn’t lose the Spanish American War.