Something quirky caught William Pedersen’s eye as he pedaled past Greenhill Cemetery during a bike ride along Sunrise Drive in his hometown of St. Peter, Minn.

“I thought it was a strange sight, especially in a cemetery,” Pedersen said in an e-mail. “It was a replica of an elephant, apparently set in as a head stone of sorts.”

The 4-foot concrete sculpture of the elephant, trunk aloft, stands above side-by-side graves of George and Vates Engesser — a married couple of zany vaudeville and circus impresarios from St. Peter before the Depression wiped them out. More on them in a paragraph.

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