The purchase of a tombstone from an antiques store led a California artist on a journey to find its rightful place. Alexandra Grant bought the marker in Buffalo, Wyoming, in 2000. Etched on the tombstone was the name Lena Davis, a girl who died on July 19, 1880. The stone, she was told, was from a ranch in eastern Wyoming. The story turned out to be wrong but Alexandra Grant solved the mystery anyway. Even better, she returned the tombstone to its rightful place.
Alexandra Grant thought of herself as the tombstone’s caretaker until she decided it needed to be back in the public realm. That decision resulted in her discovering, through a connection of people she normally wouldn’t have ever met, that the tombstone was stolen from the rural Pleasant Home Cemetery in Polk County in the 1940s.
You can read this heartwarming story in an article by Julie Blum in the Columbus (Nebraska) Telegram at https://goo.gl/xixtWR.