This could be classified either under Tombstone Tuesday, Tragedy Tuesday or Wednesday’s child. This is the tombstone of Joseph Winarski, and no that’s not a crooked photo.
Joseph was one of the children of my maternal great-great grandparents, Frank and Julia (Lichnerewicz) Winarski and he was very young when he died. He was born in 1897 and died in 1908, and is buried in St. Mary Cemetery in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. I was told by a Winarski fourth cousin that he died in a farming accident. Farming was very hard work, but for children, especially dangerous. For people back then, children were a necessary part of helping their parents on the farm, but I cannot imagine ever being able to deal with the tremendous guilt from a fatal accident to my child helping out on the farm.