Frederick C. Merkle was one of the area’s foremost monument dealers 100 years ago. The firm, based out of Dayton, Ohio, completed many substantial monument projects in this area. Several stonecutters/monument dealers of the day signed their works of art… See more on this subject below.
Another local monument dealer was Lewis Abernathey
This advertisement is from 1865
John Hallowell operated his monument business, The Richmond Marble & Granite Works, on South 10th Street (behind the Murray Theater)
Dalbey Photo c: 1896
In Cambridge City, Ind., this 1865 advertisement lists the services of Carpenter & Vickrey
John P. Emslie, was a Master Marble & Granite Craftsman
Most likely, the great majority of the 100+ year old monuments present in Wayne County’s cemeteries, were designed and made by the craftsmen listed on these pages. After 100 years or more, it’s very obvious these monuments have created everlasting memorials to many individuals…
Paulson Monument at Elkhorn Cemetery, South Of Richmond, Ind. Made by Stace & Crocker, a Richmond Indiana firm.
This loose stone at the Abington/Pottershop Rd., Cemetery has its engraver’s stamp at the bottom left side of the monument. This memorial was created for Nancy A. Dye, daughter of J. & M. Dye. She was 8 years, 3 months & 20 days old at the time of her death, on March 10, 1854.
Haymond Dobbs, Stonecutter from Abington, Indiana
Haymond Dobbs made this gravestone for the Partington family. c: 1873
Brownsville, Indiana Cemetery- The Partington Monument; by H. Dobbs
Several examples of monument work by H. Getzendanner of Connersville, Ind., are present at the Brownsville, Ind. Cemetery
Here’s a monument located in the Pottershop Rd/Abington Cemetery by Candler & Hill.
Another Candler stone…
G. Balling, was an 1870′s era stone contractor in Richmond.
New entry 7-30-09 ~ Stonework from Ritter & Warder: Subject; The Lewis & Hunt Stones located Williamsburg, Ind., Cemetery
The Lewis Stone at Williamsburg, Indiana Cemetery ~ 1882 Granite work by Ritter & Warder, Richmond, Ind.
The Hunt Stone at Williamsburg, Indiana Cemetery ~ 1893 Granite Work by Ritter & Warder of Richmond, Ind.
Jacob & Christina Drischel c: 1880 stonework by J.W. Carpenter, of Cambridge City, Ind. (Photo taken at East Germantown Lutheran Cemetery, August, 2009 by Dan Tate)
JW Carpenter created this gravestone for the Retherford family. The monument is located at the Brownsville, Ind. Cemetery
J.W. Carpenter Cambridge City was engraved on this stone by Carpenter
The S.K. Greer Stone at the Lutheran Cemetery, East Germantown, Indiana. Work by D. Ludou, Dayton, Ohio.
The Benjamin, Alice Conklin Monument. A very unique memorial located in the Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City, Indiana.
Stonework was by Guiou & Robinson, Cincinnati, Ohio
**Notice the first letter of each sentence spells Elizabeth Finn (vertically).
Wayne County, Indiana Directory Of Marble, Granite and Monument Dealers; c: 1865
Robert Morrison- Marble Dealer, Res: Corner of Walnut & Franklin, Richmond
Chas. P. Pike & Chas. H. Haberkern- Marble Cutters, SW corner Spring & Franklin, Richmond
Lucious A. Morse- Marble Cutter, with Wm. B. Morse, boards with Mrs. Ruth A. Morse, Richmond
William B. Morse- Marble Dealer, SE corner 6th & Main, res, 48 S. 5th Street, Richmond
Cambridge (City), Ind.
Carpenter & Vickrey- James W. Carpenter & Thomas C. Vickrey, Stone Cutters and Marble Dealers, NS Main, bet Foot & Green, Cambridge
Ritter & Hammond- Marble, Cambridge
Hattaway & Bowen- E.B. Hattaway & J.A. Bowen, Marble Dealers, ES Perry bet Main & Walnut, Hagerstown
Haymond Dobbs, Marble Works, res, Abington
Directory Source: Directory & Soldier’s Register of Wayne County, Indiana, J.C. Power; 1865
This memorial to the U.S. Marine Corps is located at Glen Miller Park. I hear it was created utilizing a leftover stone from the old City Building…
A great use for an old stone!See more about this subject here Source for John P. Emslie sketch: œIndiana and Indianans by Jacob Piatt Dunn, published 1919. Source for G. Balling, & Stace & Crocker sketches: History of Wayne County, Indiana, Interstate Publishing; 1884, and The History Of Wayne County, Indiana, by Andrew W. Young; 1872 Photos by: Dan Tate, July, 2009