A Useful Citizen and Honest Man

J. T. Weybrecht

January 27 1829 – January 31, 1895

The elaborate Victorian unpolished granite monument for John Theobold Weybrecht in the Alliance City Cemetery, in Alliance, Ohio, is one of the tallest in the cemetery and speaks to the success of the businessman.  An immigrant from Alsace-Lorraine, France, Weybrecht opened and operated the first lumberyard in Alliance with his sons, Benjamin and Charles. 

The monument, topped with a draped urn, features a bronze medallion with a likeness of Weybrecht as its centerpiece, commissioned in 1896.  The bas-relief or low-relief of Weybrecht was sculpted by Ohio artist Ora Coltman (December 3, 1858 – July 2, 1940).  The difficulty in creating a flattened sculpture of a face is giving it a three-dimensional look and feel and capturing the visual qualities of the man.  Coltman’s talent is clear.

Coltman was a painter, as well as a sculptor.  His painting, “The Dominance of the City”, is his most famous work, which is a sweeping triptych of Cleveland was commissioned by the Public Works Art Program in 1933.  The painting was the first New Deal mural in the city and can be seen on the third floor of the Cleveland Public Library. 

Written on the medallion is the following inscription, “Born in Alsace, France, January 27th, 1829.  Died at Alliance, Ohio, January 31, 1895, known to this community for forty years as a useful citizen and honest man.”

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