Category Archives: Saving Graces

Frederick Pabst, Beer Baron

Frederick Pabst March 28, 1836 – January 1, 1904 Frederick Pabst was born in the small Saxon village in what was then the Kingdom of Prussia.  When he was twelve, he immigrated to the United States with his father and … Continue reading

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Lovebirds

  Marriage is tough. So tough that in the United States one in three marriages end in divorce. That, though, is nothing compared to how mating works in the animal kingdom. The female black widow spider, which is about half … Continue reading

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Gender differences in Victorian funerary sculpture

June Hadden Hobbs, the editor of the Association for Gravestone Studies publication, Markers XXIX, , made an observation about nineteenth-century cemetery design (pages 4 and 5) writing that, “statues of men are historical while statues of women are usually allegorical.” … Continue reading

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Three Virtues

The Sanger Family monument in the Graceland Cemetery at Chicago was designed by Chicago architects George R. and Arthur R. Dean. The elegant and thin bronze mourning figure on the face of the truncated polished dark gray granite pyramid was … Continue reading

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The Flint Granite Company

IN MEMORY OF A FOND FATHER JOHN LUDIN DEVOTED HUSBAND OF AGNES DEMANGEAT LUDIN BORN SEPT. 24TH, 1827. DIED DEC 13TH, 1903 — IN MEMORY OF A LOVING MOTHER AGNES DEMANGEAT LUDIN WIFE OF JOHN LUDIN BORN DEC. 11TH 1821; … Continue reading

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The Scroll and the Palm Frond

LAURA PHIBBS WIFE OF DR. C. N. WYMAN DIED DEC. 22, 1922 Two nearly identical monuments (The Scott Family monument and the Laura Phibbs monument) in the Springdale Cemetery at Madison, Indiana, both depict a mourning figure holding a scroll. … Continue reading

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Italian Model or Angel, updated

There is a story about “the girl in the shadow box”. It is an ancient story told and re-told of unrequited love that is also told about this statue. According to local St. Louis lore, the Herman Luyties’ (1871-1921) Monument in … Continue reading

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