As you can see there are many old stones and this is a very well mantained cemetery. It is beautiful on a fall day. I found some interesting tombstone style which I have never seen before.
In all of my years of investigating cemeteries, I had never seen a metal monument. So I got on the internet and did a bit of reserach. These metal stones are cast from zinc. Zinc forms a coating of zinc carbonate which when exposed to the weather, is rust resistent but turns to this light blue hue. Two men were creditied with the perfecting of casting these types of monuments in 1873, they were M.A. Richardson and C.J. Willard. They did not have the capital to start a factory so they contracted with W.W. Evans. Evans eventually gave up on the idea and sold the rights off to Wilson, Parsons & Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
These monuments were available from 1874-1914. The government took over the factory during WW1 for the manufacturing of munitions. After the war the demand for the metal monuments was never revived. The company was dissolved in 1939. Several subsidiaries operated the midwest, one opened in Detriot in 1881, called Detroit Bronze which operated for 4 years before closing. In 1886 in Chicago, American Bronze opened. It operated for 23 years before closing in 1908. In Des Moines, Western White Bronze Company operated for twenty two years, closing in 1908. Thanks to Mark Culver for his article on "Metal Monuments of Greenwood Cemetery" which helped me to learn about the origins of these beautiful monuments.
This is also a metal monument from the same Ragan family plot. The next Photo is of rounded top stones which I thought were unique too. I do not recall seeing stones that were this thick with rounded tops before.
This is the Traut Family Plot. The first stone is for Catherine Ann Traut who died at the age of 90 years old on January 13, 1904. The middle stone was for Michael Traut who died November 26, 1880. The last stone is for John H. Traut, son of Catherine and Michael Traut who died in 1871 at the age of 25 years and 10 months. These stones a very hard to read as compared to the metal ones which we looked at earlier. I hope you enjoyed your fall tour of the Ivanhoe cemetery as much as I did.
Many of the Genealogy Blogs do a article on Tuesdays called Tombstone Tuesday so I thought I would join them since I am so interested in cemeteries. Northern Illinois has some interesting old, unique cemeteries which I like to visit so I will take you along!