One-legged Milking StoolStanding in the Pittsfield Village Cemetery in early September, and gazing off to the south into the Green Mountains leading up to Killington, is to a cemetery-phile as good as it gets. This cemetery, across from the village green and town buildings, encircled by the mountain rim, dates from 1788, and is absolutely beautiful with interesting headstones and rich symbolism everywhere. Coolidge and Mansfield in their 1859 tome, History and Description of New England, describe Pittsfield and the folks buried here as: The surface is mountainous, and so rough that some malicious wag has attributed to the good people of this place the invention and first introduction of the one-legged milking stool as the means of conquering a stern difficulty.
for Winter Grave Digging
Rose Hill Cemetery, Chicago has developed under the exigencies of the recent severe and continuous winter, a type of simple and practical ground thawing furnace that has been the means of effecting a saving of about fifty per cent in the cost of winter grave digging and in lessening the hardships of winter interment work to such an extent as to make it not only economical but a valuable aid in conserving the strength and efficiency of the men. The device consists of a simple sheet iron box 48 inches long and about 18 inches high, open at both bottom and top, the sides sloping inward so that the top opening is about half of the width at the bottom... Read on...