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The Typo it was deeply buried in the wrack. As he is a professional mower and bushwhacker, I accepted that the stone was beyond reach. A few weeks later, however, I was surprised and very pleased to see the boxwood hedge cut back and the area cleared. Fritz stopped by to let me know. He said with a grin that he’d found the stone I remembered. We pause now for a brief bit of local history. Joseph Edward and Francis Harrison Fairbank had four children, born between the years 1870 and 1884. Joseph spelled his surname Fairbank, without an “s,” well, most of the time. Their son Edward put the “s” on, it seems, but no one else did so ~ as far as I know. To avoid confusion with that town in Alaska, the village now is officially “Fairbank.” Their firstborn child was Elizabeth, who married Robert Sadler; the second was Edward, who married Mary Daffin. Their third child, Joseph Francis “Frank” Fairbank, married Miss Anna White, and they had a large family. Frank Fairbank was the farmer who owned much of what is now Fairbank Village at the south end of Tilghman’s Island. One of their sons, Harry, founded the Fairbank Bait and Tackle, near the Knapps Narrows Bridge, a business then carried on by his son Gary Fairbank. Mr. Frank’s other children

were Roland (Tobe), William, Ethel, and Hedge. The fourth and last child in the Joseph Fairbank family was a second daughter, Lola. She married Wade Scott. Upon his death in 1950, he was buried in the small Fairbank plot across the road from the Little Chapel. Oddly, the stone car ver made a mistake, for his stone reads: Wade Hampton Scott Husband of Lola Fairbank Scott Jluy 5, 1875 – Dec. 29, 1950 That’s right, the month of his birth is misspelled. Now, that does set one to pondering, doesn’t it? Let us consider. Some monument maker was contacted, probably early in 1951, to cut a gravestone for the late Mr. Wade Scott. Whoever got the job, we must assume he followed the general procedures for finishing and engraving a headstone. In case you’re unfamiliar with the process, it works something like this: The stone, marble or granite, is quarried somewhere. Quarr y ing involves dr illing holes into t he exposed rock, inserting explosive charges into the holes, and setting them off so that the rock breaks along natural lines into large sheets. These are then sawn into slabs about 3’x3’x10’, each weighing 20,000 pounds or so, which are lifted onto f latbed trailer trucks and delivered to the monument maker. He then


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