Mystery Of 123-Year-Old Wis. Tombstone Solved

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A tombstone dating back to 1888 that mysteriously appeared in a Racine driveway last year will soon be returned to its rightful spot.

Descendants of Henry Fenske say the marker had been missing from his Kenosha County grave for over 50 years.

The 200-pound gravestone turned up last year when someone spotted it in a driveway 20 miles away.

Police couldn’t figure out where it came from or locate Fenske’s descendants, so they finally asked the community for help. A weekend story in The Journal Times of Racine prompted a flood of responses, and word finally reached 73-year-old Russell Fenske Jr. of Somers. Henry Fenske was his great-grandfather.

Russell Fenske and his wife picked up the tombstone Monday. They say it was a shock to hear it was found, but now it’s heading home where it belongs.

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  • markH

    At 73 year of age, I doubt Russell Fenske Jr. “picked it up” as the story contends. More likely, they took possession of the marker. Peace.

  • Terry

    OH thank you for clarifying that for us readers who might not figure that out Mark, everyone is an idiot except you…………Helloooooo……………………

    • Heidi

      Wow taking that phrase a little literal Mark “picking it up?” Seriously — doubt you could pick it up either, not too many people that could lift a 200 pound stone anything by themselves.

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