“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” — Sir Winston Churchill, Speech, 1941, Harrow School
I recently spent a day with my friend (and 7th cousin!) doing research in Ackley, Iowa. We were researching members of the Hayunga family and had already obtained quite a bit of information. But we wanted to check their graves at Oakwood Cemetery in Ackley, Iowa.
[It took me awhile to realize the while most of Ackley is in Hardin County, the city cemetery is in Franklin County. But that’s a story for another time.]
Armed with a cemetery map and the lot and row numbers of the graves, Dee and I set out. We located two set of graves fairly easily. It was the third set that was a complete mystery for us. Dee would walk one row of tombstone and I walked an adjoining one. Despite our best efforts, I had about decided we were not going to find what we had set out to locate.
But I think Winston Churchill’s famous words must have be echoing in Dee’s mind as she said, “Shall we walk this one last area on the way back to the car?” I (of little faith) thought it would be fruitless but agreed to her suggestion.
And … not very far from our car were the very stones we were seeking! They provided the corroborating evidence we had been wanting to verify. Success had almost alluded us because I was ready to give up all too easily.
Morale: The end of the trail might just be in the last place you expect … and a good and methodical friend like Dee is a godsend!