A Little Persistence Pays Off

“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!


About maryjlohr

Avid genealogist.
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