Riverside Angel

Photo from Riverside Cemetery, Denver, 2009

Joyce B. Lohse



Joyce B. Lohse is an author and photojournalist with an

extensive collection of Western and historical photographs.

All photos and text are copyright protected by Joyce B. Lohse.

Written permission is required for use.


Headstone Symbol Art Boston

Tombstone Symbol Art


Butterfly – freeing of the spirit

Dog – loyalty

Frog – worldly pleasures

Horse – courage, generosity

Lamb – purity, innocence

Lion – the power of God

Fish – faith


Bird in flight – flight of the soul

Dove – Holy Spirit (for Christian)

Eagle – courage, military career

Owl – wisdom

Rooster – awakening


Arms outstretched – mercy

Broken column – early death

Broken sword – life cut short

Clasped hands – farewell

Hand points up – path to heaven

Hand points down – mortality

Hand holds heart – charity

Heart – love, mortality, courage


Cypress tree – morning

Daisy – innocence, youth, hope

Forget-me-not – remembrance

Ivy – eternal life, friendship

Lily – Easter, purity, innocence

Morning Glory – love, affection

Oak – strength

Olive tree – peace

Pine – fertility, fidelity

Poppy – peace, rest, consolation

Rose – love, wisdom, beauty

Sunflower – adoration

Thistle – earthly sorrow, Scotland

Violet – faithfulness, modesty

Weeping Willow – grief, mourning

Wheat – resurrection, fertility


Arch – victory of life in death

Anchor – hope, a disguised cross

Book – faith, scholar

Candle – eternal life

Columns – noble life

Cross – religion, suffering

Crossed swords – died in battle

Crown – reward, glory in afterlife

Cradle – childhood loss

Doors, Gates – passage into afterlife

Horseshoe – protection against evil

Lamp – knowledge, learning

Scales – judgment of dead

Scroll – symbol of life and time

Skull, skeleton – mortality, death

Winged skull – flight of soul from man

This list of tombstone symbols is compiled

from a variety of sources by Joyce B. Lohse.



From time to time, I will use this space to mention errors and oversights that have crept into my published work.

A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.

— George Bernard Shaw


First Governor First Lady: John and Eliza Routt of Colorado

I was inspired by the lively conversation on this blog with Jeff Smith regarding his pioneer ancestor, Soapy Smith, to revisit my research about the Creede Uprising for my biography of John and Eliza Routt. Jeff had, in fact, uncovered a source which I overlooked, and which contains more facts and information about the episode. I have since located Rocky Mountain News articles, February 26-28, 1892, which collaborate many of Jeff’s impressions of the story. I am grateful for the added insight. Please read April 2010 blog entries regarding this topic for more information.


General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer

True West magazine received a letter to the editor regarding my article, “General Palmer’s Baby Railroad”, in their March 2010 train issue. The reader was concerned that I mentioned General Palmer as recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor after the Civil War. In reality, Palmer received the Medal of Honor, a different award. The historic pedestal for Palmer’s award called it the Congressional Medal, as did its description at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, where they have wrestled with the proper title and description for year.

I gained more insight when a Medal of Honor appeared on public television’s Antiques Roadshow. According to their description, award lists were purged of non-combat recipients in 1917. This could explain Palmer’s status as well. Obviously, a fine but distinct line of differentiation exists between the two medals.

Wouldn’t you know, I was more concerned about correct railroad facts!

That’s it for now — Joyce

Joyce B. Lohse


Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 2074 – Centennial, CO  80161-2074

May 21, 2013

Notes from

“Tips for Trips for Program Presentations”

Panel including Joyce B. Lohse


NetBook or Laptop with PowerPoint presentation installed on desktop

Flash Drive with PowerPoint presentation installed for backup

Remote “clicker” to control slides – extra batteries

Power cord for computer

Extension cord – just in case!

Cell Phone, but turn it off!

Reading glasses




Books to sell – sign with pricing

Easels to display books, small bills and quarters for change

Cards or bookmarks to pass out to audience

Map to location (or GPS) and phone number of program director

Speech notes, bio, and visual aids

Tidy snacks and bottle of water

Comfort meds and power drink, just in case

Extra shirt and/or jacket for long trips

Notebook to collect addresses and information

Business cards

A good pen, and a spare pen

Gas up the car

Bring this list, a sense of humor, and be ready for anything!



3 responses to “Information

  1. Susan Powell Miller

    May 29, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Recently joined WWW and found your site. Since I’m relatively new at research, I found your site interesting.

    • joyce4books

      May 29, 2009 at 7:57 am

      Hello Susan — Thank you for visiting my blog! I am about to post an ongoing list of ways to connect with history for research. More to come! — Joyce

  2. Deena Coutant

    May 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Joyce, Nice job with your panel presentation at Columbine today!


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