By GUY FLETCHER
The backyard tombstone has found a new home, but the 140-year-old mystery it is shrouded in remains mostly unscathed.
On Wednesday officials with Rose Hill Cemetery agreed to have the tombstone of Julia Anna Schindel placed at the Schindel family plot, said Peggy Schindel Hunt, who spent much of the day trying to find a dignified location for the slab of marble that until recently was being used as second base for neighborhood sandlot ball games.
"Isn't that great?" said Hunt, the great-great-granddaughter of Julia Schindel.
But whether Julia Schindel and her husband, Samuel Schindel, are even buried at the cemetery plot is still not known, Hunt said. Nor is it known how the tombstone ended up behind a home at 105 W. Washington St.
It was unanswered questions like those that prompted Hunt, armed with various family records and heirlooms, to travel from her home near Winchester, Va., to Hagerstown Wednesday.