Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Where Gravestones Go to Die

Numerous headstones have been found dumped in a field in Porterville, California, but a cemetery district official says there's no need to fret.

“We get people who come in every month, sometimes even police, and they ask about the headstones,” District Assistant Manager Fred Ruiz said. “We tell them that there isn't a controversy, and there isn't an old graveyard.”

What it is, cemetery officials said, is the result of years of discarded headstones from Monument Works, the city's oldest monument business, and other monument companies.

Louis R. Stephen Jr., the owner of the company established in 1899, said the headstones were ones that had mistakes or did not meet the individual family's preference. [Link]
The best part of this story is the full name of the business to blame: Porterville Monument Works and Swimming Pool Supplies.

Craig Manson

In the early 20th century, one of the leading funeral homes in Milam County, Texas, was the Henne & Meyer Hardware store. Furniture stores in the area also handled funerals!


Our local funeral home was started by Rev. Ziba Andrews in the early 1800s. He also operated a saw mill near his home. He would build the coffin, prepare the body, and deliver the eulogy all for about 75 cents to $1.50.

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