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The soul effigy with a wig

In Memory of Mr JOHN CROWNINSHIELD Son of Mr. Clefford CROWNINSHIELD Obt. June 1 1777 AE t. 49 Years.   Gr-Gr-Grandfather: Johann Caspar Richter Gr-Grandfather: Johannes Caspar von Kronenschieldt  Gr-Grandmather: Elizabeth Allen Grandfather: John Crowninshield 1696 – 1761 Grandmother: Antiss … Continue reading

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The Crown Hill Cemetery Gates

The gates and the waiting station at the Crown Hill Cemetery at Indianapolis, Indiana, were designed by Adolph Scherrer in 1885—a busy year for him, as he was also supervising the construction of the Italian Renaissance-style Indiana Capitol building. The … Continue reading

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Public Enemy #1 betrayed by the Lady in Red or was it Orange?

John H. Dillinger Jr. 1903 – 1934 The most notorious Hoosier is undoubtedly John Dillinger, infamous for a year-long crime spree from 1933 to 1934.  Dillinger was born at Oak Hill, an Indianapolis neighborhood but mostly raised in neighboring and … Continue reading

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An oddly-shaped pearl

Jacob Burnett February 22, 1770 – May 10, 1853 Rebecca Wallace Burnet August 23, 1778 – January 3, 1867 Jacob Burnet was a prominent citizen and early leader in Ohio, serving in various elected and appointed posts including, serving on … Continue reading

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Lysicrates

Joseph Earnshaw September 16, 1831 – January 13, 1906 Neoclassical designed monuments can be found in many large urban cemeteries in the United States, including Spring Grove Cemetery at Cincinnati, Ohio. The Joseph Earnshaw Grecian Corinthian-style monument was based on … Continue reading

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Death’s dusky hand

Andrew Erkenbrecher July 4, 1821 January 3, 1885 Andrew Erkenbrecher was a German immigrant who came to America with his parents when he was a child.  He was quite industrious and worked in a series of jobs until he founded … Continue reading

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Light the Way

The door as a motif in funerary art symbolizes mystery.  The door is the pathway from the earthly realm to the next.  In this example, the mystery seems to be lifted—here the mourning figure appears to leading the way to … Continue reading

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