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Neo-classic Angel

TNEPESA SIMMANG SCHMIDT 1876 1907 The gray granite rock-face monument for Tnepesa Schmidt in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, has a masterfully sculpted bas-relief bronze inset.  The bronze was created in Fonderia Nelli, one of the … Continue reading

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A Daughter’s Tribute to Her Artist Father

JAMES M. HART N. A. MAY 10, 1828 OCT. 24, 1901 James McDougal Hart was a 19th Century landscape artist born in Scotland who immigrated to America with his family as a small boy.  After a stint as an apprentice … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Death

CHARLES ADOLPH SCHIEREN BORN FEBRUARY 28, 1842  DIED MARCH 10, 1915 MARIE LOUISE SCHIEREN BORN AUGUST 5, 1840  DIED MARCH 11, 1915 IN THEIR LIVES THEY WERE LOVELY AND IN THEIR DEATH THEY WERE NOT DIVIDED   Most people are … Continue reading

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A Scottish Immigrant and the Declaration of Independence

Today it is right and proper to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the day Americans toast as our country’s birthday. James Wilson was one of the Pennsylvania delegation members and was a signer, though, he did not … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Babe

RITA SCALANTE Oct. 12, 1898 Nov. 28, 1910 This white-marble monument in the St. Francis Cemetery at Phoenix, Arizona, memorializes the life of an infant girl who died shortly after her second birthday.  A drapery on the top of the … Continue reading

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You Don’t See Those Much Any More!

William Hayes Fogg (1817 – 1884) and his brother, Hiram (1812 – 1860), share a gray granite obelisk in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.  After trade with Japan opened up, the Fogg brothers founded a trading company to … Continue reading

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The Stag

The white marble gravestone in the Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio, of Julius Wagner (born August 19, 1823 – died August 20, 1876) features a horn hanging from stag horns.  The stag horns symbolize piety and solitude and victory over … Continue reading

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