His Last Trip

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Killed at New Albany

North Y. while on duty for the

Monon R. W. Co.

EMORY L.

SON OF J. N. & E. A.

TITZEL

BORN

SEP. 15. 1880

DIED

DEC. 20. 1902

HIS LAST TRIP

C. R. Salyards of Orleans, Indiana, carved the train on top of the gravestone for Emory Titzel in the Mount Carmel Cemetery at Stinesville, Bean Blossom Township, Monroe County, Indiana.

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Emory Titzel was a brakeman on the Monon Rail Way Company when he was killed in a accident.

In addition to the intricate carving of the train engine, there is a glassed compartment in the center of the gravestone that housed the flowers from the funerals. The flowers have long since decomposed.

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Even though the train marked the untimely death of Emory Titzel and his “last trip” on the Monon, other children of Joseph Newcomer and Edwina Ann (Williams) Titzel are memorialized on the stone:

MARY

FAY

MATTHEW

BORN APR. 22

1898

DIED AUG. 23

1909

IN

DENVER

COLO.

 

SALLIE E.

DAU OFN. & E. A.

TITZEL

BORN

FEB. 1. 1875.

DIED

SEP. 5. 1875

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2 Responses to His Last Trip

  1. Lou Malcomb says:

    This stone was reset/restored last year by the Graveyard Groomer (John Walters) for the Mono Railroad Association. It’s always been one of my favorite stones.

    • I have seen many stones where a train or streetcar was the instrument of death and carved into the gravestone and have written about several of them but have never seen the glass enclosed compartment for the funeral flowers. That is unique. John Walters has done a fantastic job of restoration of the gravestone. I have seen older pictures and it was covered with lichens.

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