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April 3, 2014

Woodland Cemetery
Ironton, Ohio

Here is shot of the Means Monument from a walking trip recently.  This seems to be one of my more favorite monuments, I hate to see the degradation of the stone and wonder how many more years it will stand up to the weather.  Here are a couple other shots of the same monument:  A nice color version made with the Nikon D40 (which to my eyes, always produced excellent colors) and another toned b&w shot from the opposite side than today's photo.  I know there must be several interesting stories behind this monument, both from the family who spent so much money as well as to the individuals who made the monument themselves.

Update:  I found a genealogy site that stated this about the monument:  

 I.R. October 8, 1885 - BEAUTIFUL MONUMENT - The finest monument in Woodland Cemetery was placed over the grave of John W. Means last week. It is the work of the Mitchell Granite Works, of Quincy, Mass., and Mr. Geo. H. Mitchel, the senior member of the firm was here to attend to its erection. It was begun two years ago, and just finished this Fall. The material is the Quincy or Crystal granite, a sort of grayish purple when polished or grayish white when only chiseled. There is a graduated base, with a square pedestal, and a short shaft upon which stands the statue of Immortality, a robed image holding in her hand a wreath of immortelles. the statue is a magnificent piece of work. A deeply impressive look is given to the serious, thoughtful face; the drapery hangs in ample, graceful folds; the altitude is easy and imposing. There is exquisite owrk too, on the pedestal, which is highly polished and has columned corners. The bottom of the base is 8 1/4 feet square and the height of the monument from the ground to the top of the statue is 23 feet. It is a splendid addition to the cemetery, and marks the grave of a noble hearted man.


 “The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you
suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things
begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of
being hurt. The one who does most to avoid suffering is,
in the end, the one who suffers most.”

Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain