Jon Kay on August 2, 2011

In the Clear Creek Cemetery, just south of Bloomington, Indiana there are three distinctive gravestones, each of which are shaped like a blacksmith anvil with a hammers resting atop the limestone marker.  I believe these stones, were locally crafted, probably for blacksmiths who worked for the quarries producing and repairing tools.  Two of the stones […]

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Jon Kay on July 19, 2011

Listed in the 1850 Census as a thirty-year-old Stone Cutter from New York, Henry A. Dean worked in the river city of Madison, Indiana. He was living with his wife, Amy and their infant daughter Mary. The carver wouldn’t have come to my attention, had it not bean for a beautifully carved marker in the […]

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Jon Kay on June 25, 2011

I was surprised to find two very large sandstone makers, when I drove up to the Bond Cemetery today;. Probably made in the 1890s, the stones show signs of wear and the layers of the stone are flaking pealing off layers of stone and aesthetic details. One of the stones appears to have been shot […]

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