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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Gravestone Discovered 'Absent from the body'

From The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record:

A tale, but no dead man, unearthed in Englewood

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

By CAROLYN FEIBEL and EVONNE COUTROS
STAFF WRITERS

Workers have accidentally uncovered a solitary gravestone behind the Englewood police station, the toppled monument to a 19th century timber dealer who lived and died before the city was founded.

No human remains or other graves were found near the 4-foot headstone, which lay on its side in a ditch by the railroad tracks, covered in brush and trash.

[snip]

Local historians say the land originally housed a building supply business, the Prentice Co. The gravestone belongs to James H. Prentice, born June 28, 1817, died April 24, 1891. "Absent from the body/Present with the Lord," it reads.

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"For that time, he lived a long life," said [acting Police Chief John] Banta, standing by the yellow tape that marked off the discovery.

"If we can't locate anybody from the family, we may have to fence off some small area, do something. I'd prefer that to just having it end up in the Dumpster."

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