Walking Tour Interesting Monuments
Location: Block 17, Lot 40
This monument is for William and Virginia Asher. The rough cut granite base is the perfect foundation for the same rough cut biblical cross that stands firmly for all to witness. The base of the cross gradually widens like that of a strong tree. William and Virginia each have their own small stone with their first names on them and their favorite bible verses. William's stone has Romans 10:8-13 and Song S. 2:4. Virginia's stone has John 3:16 and Jude 24.
Location: Block. 16, Lot 18
The Rodeheaver monument is very modest for the famous musical evangelist, Homer Rodeheaver and his family. The square monument with an oval medallion in the center with the Rodeheaver name centered in it has ivy leaves on either side with flower-like designs at the top and bottom.
Location: Block. 7, Lot 5
This monument is for John and Rebecca Grabner. It is most interesting and one of a kind in this cemetery. The eye catching giant sphere on top the gray monument is something to see. Mr. Grabner was a successful businessman in the community. He was on the Board of Directors for Lake City Bank when it began in 1872 and was later President of the bank. He owned a 600 acre farm south of town and he was also a fireman, and was owner of one of the first hardware stores in downtown Warsaw. He was a member of several men's service organizations and became one of the wealthiest businessman in the area. In his later years he became feeble and was crossing the street in downtown Warsaw and stepped out in front of a car and died very quickly that day. Mr. Grabner was Warsaw's first auto fatality at the age of 89. His accident and death was a sad day for the many people that knew Mr. Grabner.
Location: Block 13, Lot 1
This monument belongs to Thomas J. and Jennie W. Quick. The size is quite large and the granite is beautiful. The statue at the top is of a women in a sitting position as if quietly resting and enjoying the beauty of nature. Sometimes in the summer there is an actual birds nest in her lap. Information regarding the Quick family is not available at this time.
Location: Block 3, Lot 13
This monument looks just like a tree with a branch broken off on opposite sides. The bark has been stripped to reveal the name and death date of the deceased. This monument belongs to Mary A. Milice, wife of Andrew Milice. There are several monuments in the cemetery that look similar to this one.
Location: Block 3, Lot 6
This is a Woodsmen of the World Monument. The monument belongs to Clarence Douglas who must have been a wood cutter and belonged to the Woodsmen organization. The Woodsmen of the World provided the monument to members of their group at the time of their death.
Location: Block 2, Lot 24
A small monument but highly significant for the brave soldier it represents. Tommy Hubler was a nine year old drummer boy for the Civil War troops. He told the army he was fourteen at the time and for four years he drummed and then bugled for 26 battles. In 1865 he returned to Warsaw and worked for his Uncle Reub Williams at the local newspaper. In 1869 he married Sarah Aspinall and had three children. In 1885 they moved to Milwaukee where he worked for a large printery. In 1890 they moved to Chicago and he was employed by Donnelley & Company and Rand, McNally for twenty plus years. In 1913 he died of tuberculosis in Chicago and was brought to Warsaw for burial on the Pennsylvania Railroad and laid to rest on Easter Sunday.
Location: Block 2, Lot 42
This monument is quite large and lends itself to looking like a very ornate casket setting on an altar/large pedestal. This monument belongs to Frank J. and Mary Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman was originally from Germany and came to the United States in 1847 with his parents and a brother and sister and settled in Fort Wayne, IN. In 1860 he went to his brother in Columbia City who was the editor for the News, a newspaper, and apprenticed there for three years. He started a paper in Warsaw, then went to work for a paper in Fort Wayne only to return to Warsaw and take up the job he had left and stayed in Warsaw to run "The Union". In 1869 he married Louisa Wiggins, a woman from Ohio that had traveled here with family to settle in Warsaw. She had been previously married and had a daughter from her first marriage. They remained in Warsaw for the rest of their lives.
Location: Block 1, Lot 1
This monument is one of the most viewed and photographed in the cemetery. It is the monument of song writers, Virgil Brock and Blanch Kerr Brock. The monument has the song "Beyond the Sunset" with it's entire musical score and lyrics engraved on the monument. It is quite an original monument. It was thoughtfully photographed by a local photographer at just the right hour for the sunset to be in the background of the photo of the monument. That particular photo was a gift to the remaining spouse of a couple for whom that song was special.