Save Historic Gravestones with a Good Cleaning

Cemeteries should be timeless venues where descendants can visit the resting places of their ancestors. Lichens, black mold and airborne pollutants wage a silent assault on the grave monuments that pay tribute to the dead. But with a good, careful cleaning, these stone remembrances can be saved from eventual destruction. Today’s cemetery headstones are better … More Save Historic Gravestones with a Good Cleaning

Germs From Lipstick Sample Kill Young Woman

Othelia Winger was only doing what young women her age have done for generations: trying out different shades of lipstick. Through a combination of unfortunate circumstances, her cosmetic choice on one November day in 1930 would prove deadly. Tillie was planning to attend a party near her family’s farm in the Town of Bern, just … More Germs From Lipstick Sample Kill Young Woman

1927 Lillian Graef Killing Still Haunts Milwaukee

By Joe Hanneman MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin —Lillian G. Graef’s infectious smile and carefree demeanor belied the troubles she’d seen in her 19 years. Her 47-year-old mother, Mary, died of tuberculosis in January 1922 when Lillian was just 14. Her sister, Adeline, died in July 1921 of the same disease. The family’s oldest girl, Marie, became a … More 1927 Lillian Graef Killing Still Haunts Milwaukee