The Suitcase Tombstone in Lincoln, Kansas, was featured in a 1933 "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" cartoon, and in a 1984 issue of the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican. The latter article offered the findings of local attorney Walter Urban, who had concluded that the stone—dedicated to J. S. Jacobs and depicting a satchel with the inscription "Here is where he stoped [sic] last"—was erected by local businessmen for a "salesman" whose "parents simply did not believe in putting up headstones."
But I've run across an article from the Naugatuck (Conn.) Daily News of Mar. 28, 1898, which tells a very different story:
A tombstone has just been erected in the cemetery in Lincoln, Kan., which, for unique design and applicable inscription, probably has no equal in this country. James Jacobs, a Lincoln butcher, died in 1891. His father, Henry Jacobs, is a very eccentric fellow. The old gentleman several months ago concluded to erect a suitable tombstone over the grave of his son James. He wanted something out of the ordinary. He remembered that James was of a roving disposition, so he had a stone cut in the shape of an old-fashioned traveling satchel. On the plate in the center of each side is the name "J. S. Jacobs." Just above the name is the inscription: "Here is Where He Stopped Last." Underneath the name is the date of death and his age. The stone is white marble and the base is a big boulder which the father hauled from his farm and rolled on the grave.
When questioned as to why he chose such a unique design the old gentleman said: "Wall, Jim, he were a sort of a rovin' feller, and I allowed that this design would 'bout suit him. He never stopped very long before in any one place. But the last time I see him he were at the graveyard, and I jes' concluded that he might stay thar a long while. So I had a sign printed on ther stone sayin' whar he was last seen and whar he ought to be now."