The Delos and Esther Diggins Monument

DELOS F. DIGGINS

May 16, 1852

Sept. 7, 1907

ESTHER C. DIGGINS

May 31, 1858

Oct. 19, 1915

“THAT BEST PORTION OF A GOOD MAN’S LIFE—HIS LITTLE, UNREMBERED ACTIONS OF KINDNESS AND LOVE.”

In an article from the “The Lumber World” journal, dated December 15, 1910, Volume 11, page 34, the magazine highlighted the Delos F. Diggins monument erected in the Maple Hill Cemetery.  The article read, “A SPLENDID WORK OF ART: Monument to the Late D. F. Diggins Erected at Cadillac, Michigan.”

It further stated, “Mrs. Esther C. Diggins, widow of the late Delos F. Diggins, of the Cummer-Diggins Company, Cadillac, Mich., has recently caused to be created a handsome memorial to her late husband in the cemetery at Cadillac.  The monument is made from a special design by Miss Nellie Walker, who was a student of Lorado Taft, and who is now associated with him in sculptural work.  The memorial is cut from a solid block of Westerly granite: is 9 feet high, 9 feet wide, and 4 feet thick.  The block weighs 42,000 pounds and was furnished by Charles G. Blake & Co., of Chicago, at whose establishment the work of the sculptress was done.  On the base of the column is chiseled this statement, “That Best Portion of a Good Man’s Life—His Little, Nameless Unremembered Acts of Kindness and Love.””

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1 Response to The Delos and Esther Diggins Monument

  1. gsb03632 says:

    Hi! This is Greg Bucher over at syngrammata dot com. I’m studying the surrogate mourner type in your IHS post (the Ryan monument in Atlanta’s Westview) and I’m writing to ask for your permission to use the images you published there. As for this really interesting post: I’ve got to keep my eyes peeled for Nellie Walker’s work–and I’m off to your post on her next . . . .

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