Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Chalmers Monument

  WILLIAM J. CHALMERS    JULY 10, 1852—DEC. 10, 1938 JOAN P. CHALMERS    JULY 22, 1855—JAN. 25, 1940 THOMAS STUART CHALMERS    SEPT. 21, 1881—MAR. 26, 1923 The Chicago-based Graham, Anderson, Probst, & White Architectural Firm, at one time the largest in … Continue reading

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Name out of view

The light rose-colored unpolished granite monument, built to honor William Peirce Anderson, is a bit of an enigma. The large neo-classic monument, with its Corinthian columns very nearly hides who is buried beneath.  The only clue is the bronze medallion … Continue reading

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A Somber Mourning Figure

The monument marking the graves of Adolf (1865-1941) and Frieda (1869-1936) Schmidt is a stele (a stone or wooden slab generally taller than it is wide and designed as a funeral commemorative).  The limestone monument in the Graceland Cemetery at … Continue reading

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Art Deco John S. Holmes Mausoleum

Maud G. Kennedy Holmes 1876-1955 John S. Homes 1863-1931 The John Homes Mausoleum, erected in 1934, was designed by the Charles B. Blake Company in the Art Deco style.  The mausoleum was built for Holmes, a successful real estate broker … Continue reading

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Archangel Michael

This gray granite monument in the Green-Wood Cemetery at Brooklyn, New York, features an angel wearing armor and carrying a sword, clues enough to indicate which angel is represented here.  Only the Archangel Michael, one of three angels mentioned by … Continue reading

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Green-Wood Cemetery

The Green-Wood Cemetery, one the truly great cemeteries in the United States, was founded in 1838, inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery at Cambridge, Massachusetts, the first cemetery in the United States designed in the rural cemetery style as a park-like setting … Continue reading

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The Best Woman Ever

CLARA RUPPERTZ WIFE OF FREDERICK A. KOCH BORN OCT. 31, 1861 DIED JAN. 11, 1918 FREDERICK A. KOCH BORN DEC. 21, 1845 DIED APRIL 26, 1929 DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD THEY DO UNTO YOU This monument is dedicated … Continue reading

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