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Variations

The Adolph Zang monument is a variation of the previous monuments found in Muncie, Brooklyn, and Colma, with the design being featured in the Dodds Granite Company catalog.  For one thing, the exedra is gone from this monument–only the monolith … Continue reading

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The New England Granite Works

EDWIN LISTER BORN SEPTEMBER 10, 1829 DIED MAY 18, 1898 LISTER The 12-foot high Edwin Lister monument stands on a slope in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York.  The monument was created by New England Granite Works Company … Continue reading

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EXCEPIT ILLUM MAGNA ET AETERNA PAX

THOMAS TRUEMAN GAFF 1854-1923 “EXCEPIT ILLUM MAGNA ET AETERNA PAX” The memorial statue on the Thomas Trueman Gaff grave in St. Paul’s Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C., as described by the Smithsonian Art Inventory Catalog: “The memorial features a … Continue reading

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Eroded Epitaph, Missing Words Deciphered by Two Alert Readers!

CHARLES N. SHEPARD DIED Nov. 19. 1874. AE. 55 yrs. 11 mos. Passing strangers call this not A place of fear and gloom We love to linger round this spot It is our father’s tomb. The Charles Shepard’s epitaph on … Continue reading

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A Father’s Monument for His Son

  JOHN W. SHAW Co. I. 40 VOL. IN. SEPT. 26, 1876 KILLED IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLAND MAY 14, 1900. LOW WHERE THE SILENT MARBLE WEEPS A SOLDIER AND A STUDENT SLEEPS. SHAW In the Wesley Cemetery, just outside Westport, … Continue reading

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Burst the Chains of the Grave

GEORGE P. HIGGINS DIED Apr. 7, 1849, AE. 22 ys. And 8 ms My flesh shall slumber in the ground, Till the last trumpet’s joyful sound; Then burst its chains with sweet surprise, And in my Savior’s image rise. The … Continue reading

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Calla Lily

In loving remembrance of MARY E. Wife of John P. Eimer, Born Aug. 12, 1855, Died Sept. 28, 1888 Tis hard to break the tender cord When love has bound the heart Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words … Continue reading

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