“SPOON RIVER”

We stopped at an old fashioned soda fountain for a sweet treat and talked with the lady who served us. We asked her if there were any little-known sites we should see and she sent us up the street to the cemetery where Ann Rutledge (supposedly first love of Abe) was buried.

We hesitated, but it was only blocks away, so we went.

Edgar Lee Masters, author of the classic Spoon River Anthology, wrote the poem on the tomb. (Masters’ Anthology is a collection of poems about people in a fictional small town – probably Petersburg (where we were) or Lewistown, Illinois. Because of his anthology and that the “fictional” people could often be identified – he couldn’t live in either town. (One source said that if you looked at the area cemeteries, you would find tombs with most of the surnames used in the book.)

Take the time to read the poem on Ann’s grave – it is QUITE dramatic.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s