Tombstone Art in Elkhart County, Indiana
hoosierbeth | October 10, 2010 at 12:48 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p15r5r-R
I have decided to write about the stone cutters and stone artists that created the tombstones in Elkhart County. I have several pictures of the artwork from several cemeteries around Elkhart County that I will be posting. I haven’t been able to find any names of the artists. I decided to use Google search engine to try to find my answer. Using many phrases, nothing came up for an answer. I then decided that the names of the stone artists’ were in the city directories that are at the public library. I was partly correct. Using the earliest directories, I found three marble dealers who specialized in monuments and heads stones, and many men listed as stone cutters and stone masons.
Here are the results of my research for headstone dealers and stone cutters:
“1874 Directory of Elkhart And Goshen Compiled And Published by Silas W. Treesh of Fort Wayne & Cyrus Seiler of Elkhart, Indiana, J.F. Funk & Bro., 157 Main Street Elkhart”
Name Occupation Address
John B. Slaughter Marble Works Market St.
John W. Gilmore (agent) Marble Works 8th St. between Market and Washington
James Grant stone cutter brick mason no address
George Liephart stone mason 6th St. between Purl and Madison
Patrick Malouney stone mason 9th between Jefferson and Market
James McGruffin stone mason Main St. between Madison and Jefferson
Victor Myers stone mason 6th St. and Monroe
Jacob Niederauer stone mason 7th St. and Washington
E.J. Orme stone cutter 3rd St and Pike
David Reese stone mason 7th St between Washington and Jefferson
William Smith stone mason 5th St between Monroe and Purl
Charley Tauger stone cutter 7th St between Washington and Jefferson
E.L. Billings stone cutter 7th and Market
Avery Brown stone cutter South 3rd Street
John Carr stone mason Lincoln St
C.M. Driver stone cutter no address
D.M. Doty marble and stone cutter 21 Jackson Blvd
N.P. Doty ` marble and stone cutter 21 Jackson Blvd.
Published in the 1860 Loomis And Tallbott’s Directory, Moses Pettingrill was a dealer in Vermont and Italian marble along with monuments, headstones, tablets, and mantel pieces. Moses was living and doing business in Niles, Michigan. The town is not that far from Elkhart and Goshen.
The monument dealer in Elkhart listed in the 1874 directory was N.A. Tibbetts who owned the Granite Works; 124-126 West Jackson Blvd. The Doty family also owned a marble and stone business. Goshen’s marble dealers were John Gilmore and John Slaughter. With this information, I hope to track down who cut the art in the stones in the county.
I found other interesting entries for funeral homes, a florist, and other occupations that kept the towns prospering. The undertakers in Elkhart during the early years were B.F. &A. Stephens on 119 Main Street. Charles Walley had a funeral home on 152 Main Street. The undertakers in Goshen were the Hattle Bros. on Main Street. Jacob Levi’s job description in the directory listed him as “worker in graveyard”. Mrs. E.M. Bullock 812 Marion St, Elkhart was a florist that specialized in “first class funeral work on shortest possible notice”.
The two occupations that caught my fancy included M.A. Bierce listing his occupation as being a “citizen”. The telegraph operator was George B. Hayes who worked for the M.S. &N.I.R.R. Mr. Hayes has open space around his entry in the directory. The authors wanted to make sure he stood out since telegrams were very important during that time.