Gilmore-Donaldson Stump, Melrose Cemetery

A typical rustic stump, and not the most artistic one Father Pitt has seen. The “Gilmore” inscription appears to be the original one, with “Donaldson” added later. The idea of bark peeled away to reveal the family name is clever, but some effort should have been put into making the peeled-away bark match the shape of the section from which it is supposed to have been peeled away.

This stump stands in the middle of the Donaldson family plot, which is marked by four small rustic stumps at the corners—something old Pa Pitt has never seen before.

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