Easy Payment Plan
Montgomery Ward & Company was late into the market when they published their first tombstone catalog in 1920. Sears had pioneered the mail order headstone business with the release of their Tombstone & Monument catalog in 1905. Montgomery Ward sought to capture market share with this sales pitch: You need not leave the grave of your loved one unmarked just because you haven't the money to pay the full price of a memorial stone. The 1929 twenty-eight page Monuments, Tombstones and and Markers catalog seen above, offers Gray Granite from the granite region of Barre (pronounced Barry), Vermont - for fifty years the source of the gray granite from which the most beautiful and costly monuments are made. The shipping calculator on page 27 is interesting; a one ton stone shipped to the railroad station in Bismark, North Dakota from Vermont would cost you $1.19 per 100 lbs., so that's 2000 divided by 100 = 20 times a buck nineteen equals $23.80. You gotta get it from there to your ranch.
Some Molded Metallic Material
During our survey of the known cemeteries in Grand Isle County last summer, we kept seeing these powdery bluish monuments made of metal. You would knock on them with your knuckles and know it was metal by the hollow sound. One that sticks in the mind is that of Thomas Babcock (1818-1864), and his wife Saphronia Darrow (1819-1897), located on the back side of the Alburg Center Cemetery. A closer look at the inscription indicates that Babcock is actually only memorialized here with his wife’s remains, and is in fact buried in Andersonville, Georgia. Tom Ledoux’ Vermont in the Civil War web site confirms that... Read on...