I Love Your Local Photos - Would You Please Photograph the Cemetary?

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I Love Your Local Photos - Would You Please Photograph the Cemetary?

Because we do a lot of blog posts about our local area and include a lot of photos and information, we get quite a few phone calls and email inquiries - both real estate and non-real estate related about the area. We welcome those requests and love to talk about Montana.

The most interesting inquiry we've received was an email inquiry from someone in Florida asking us to photograph the local cemetary:

"I loved the pictures that you posted on your web page. Superior looks beautiful. I just found out today tht my Great grandfather (name) is burried in Superior Cemetery. The family lost all contact with him in 1911. We have no record of him after he left his family until now.

I would love it if you could take a picture of the cemetery and email it to me. I live in Florida so I'm unable to do it myself. If you can't I understand. Again Superior is beautiful I wish I could've grown up in a place like Superior."

I had never been to the Superior Cemetary but wanted to help this person, so we took a few minutes one afternoon and traveled up the hill to the cemetary and took some photos and were even able to find her Great Grandfather's headstone.

           Superior Cemetary Superior, MT   Superior Cemetary Superior, MT

We also provided her with the contact information for one of our local history-buffs at the museum. She was able to provide this person with some great information about her Great Grandfather's life. We sent her the photos and got the following response:

"Thank you so much for sending the pictures. I have been searching the last two days. I had some information sent to me thanks to you about <name>. He had remarried and they had two children - A son and daughter. I Have relatives now that I am searching for to make a connection.

I am so greatful for the information that you gave me. Now hopefully I can closed alot of gaps."

Blogging is great for our business but it can also be rewarding when you are able to help somone. I never thought it would lead to photographing a cemetary, but then again, Life is full of surprises!


Sal Antsipenka
Naples, FL

I shoot a lot of videos of Naples for my website. If I do small locations I just turn around 360 degrees and that's it. So when I was shooting Naples Pier beach area several college girls saw me doind that and merrily pulled their beach suits down much lower than usual. I was busy commenting on the video and quite frankly missed that moment because I was turning rather quickly. I have uploaded my short video without watching it.

Imagine my surprise when my shortest video had 10 times more visitors than usual. Then I saw it!

Sep 08, 2009 03:32 AM
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Authentic Marketing for Heart-Led Agents

Independent Brokers - Too funny! Guess we really have to look at things before we post them, you never know.

Sep 08, 2009 03:34 AM
Kate Wheeler
Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor - Murphy, NC
CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale

What a great story.  I'm sure your efforts will be appreciated more than you could ever imagine.

Sep 08, 2009 07:25 AM
Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe

Kevin and Monica, you guys rock! The request sounded really odd, at first. Once I read the whole thing, it made sense. :-)

That really is a beautiful cemetary. As I have said in the past, I really do hope to visit your beautiful part of the country one day.

Sep 09, 2009 01:37 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

That is great... what a lovely way to give back to our consumers.  It is a lovely cemetary.. and hopefully these folks can find their "lost" family.

Sep 13, 2009 02:36 AM
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Authentic Marketing for Heart-Led Agents

Thanks Kate and Joan :).

Hi Nick - thank you! I thought it was a really odd request too at first but realized it would only take me a few minutes to do it and that it might mean a lot. We'd love to have you visit when you get a chance! :)

Sep 13, 2009 05:50 AM
David Jirasek
Jirasek Realty, LLC - Temple, TX

What you did, was.....priceless. I'm sure you this affected your new friends in more ways than you may ever know. What a great way for you to give, to someone living so far away in need of some help.

Jan 11, 2010 09:35 PM