Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Alrutz Children

This family lot on the North Ridge is one of the Rural Cemetery's most poignant, marking the graves of the Alrutz children.

A single marble stone is carved to resemble nine little headstones. Each section is carved with a name - almost all are illegible - and a flower. Beside them is a tiny, but wonderfully detailed chair with a closed book on its seat. Another headstone next to the little chair is, unfortunately, broken away at the base.

I've found little information on the parents. A 1920 census list Lewis F. Alrutz and his wife, Annie (who was born in Ireland) as residents of Schenectady with one child (a five-year old daughter named Elizabeth).

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