have a deep love for this business. I have watched monuments
go from a "punched" design to a uniquely personalized
memorial. I'm keeping in touch with these changes by
attending conventions, both state and national, and
by attending any shop seminars I can. I have also presented
some of the programs at the shop seminars. I am willing
to attend any meeting that will help us produce a better
keep abreast of quarrying and production techniques
by visiting all of the major quarrying areas on a periodic
basis. This helps me to know the industry better. I
am a "hands on" monument man who loves working
with stone and creating new ideas.
today are very different from time past. If you look
at the cemetery in some of the old areas, you will notice
that sometimes there is a large stone with only a family
name on it. This is usually in the center of the lot.
Around the lot are smaller stones. Sometimes all these
stone say is MOTHER or FATHER. It does make you wonder
what that persons name was!! Another tradition on a
stone used to be the husbands name and then the wives,
for example, James Bell and the dates and then, his
wife Ruth and the dates. Some old stones read the age
by the years, months and days. There are also monuments
with the year dates only. Today we are putting lots
of information on the monuments. You would be amazed
at the people that go to the cemeteries to find out
information of their genealogy. On some of the monuments
that we are producing now we are putting the wife's
maiden name, the marriage date and the children's names.
These are all a part of history and if it is on the
granite monument, it is there for all to see or find.
Monuments are put up, not because someone died, but
because someone lived. We are memorializing that person.
Our monuments today are very different from years ago.
They used to put up wooden crosses. These did not last
very long at all.
went on to marble monuments. Marble was used because
all of the work was done by hand. It is a softer material
than granite and was easier to use the hammer and chisel.
If you look at some of the older marble stones in the
cemetery, you may notice that some of them are hard
to read. This is because marble is a softer rock. It
will absorb moisture and as it freezes, flake off. This
is done at a very small amount at a time, but over the
years, it does become apparent. Marble is harder than
the limestone posts, but is not as hard as granite.
Monuments were originally done all by hand. The progress
that has been made in producing monuments is mind boggling.
I often wonder what my dad would say if he was here
to see how many monuments we do a year and how much
easier it is to do the design with the help of the computer
and an excellent art department.
belong to Monument Builders of North America, Mid America
Monument Builders Association, Beloit Area Chamber of
Commerce, Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Eagles,
Beloit Industrial Development and St. John's Cemetery
Board. I am a director on Beloit Industrial Development,
Past President of Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce, Past
Grand Knight, member of Chataqua Light Board, Past President
of Kan,-Ok.-Mo. Monument Builders, Director of Kan.-Ok.
-Mo.- Monument Builders many times. I was a National
Trustee on Monument Builders of North America board.
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