The most interesting lesson in looking at my grandfather's tombstone is what's not there now. When his wife Madeleine died in 1976, my then 64 year old grandfather (and thrifty Mainer) had this tombstone made and his name and dates put on it as: 1912-19__. He figured he would never see the next century. Wrong. We had to have the 19 dug out of the stone to properly put in 2007.