I have previously posted the picture of my paternal grandmother's fathers stone when I posted about Curtice cemetery. I came across it here at the library, when a cemetery buff brought in files of pictures he had taken of many county cemeteries. That is how we obtained the bulk of the pictures we have in our files.
I love the stones that have been hand crafted. Maybe its the knitter/spinner/weaver in me. More modern monuments are often made of wood and iron. But there is nothing like cement or stone for a memorial with staying power. Maybe not as long as "store bought" granite, but they still have a nice permanence. As I commented later on Curtice and another north county cemetery, many in the are had stones that appeared to be made of silver painted cement. GGrandpa Jesse's was the only one with hand carved engraving. I wonder if it was because, after divorcing my GGrandma Carrie, many of his children had little to do with him, and funds for a stone may have been tight.
It really makes me grind my teeth to think that township officials for a local cemetery want to do away with such homemade monuments. Looking at these and thinking of the current ones made from wrought iron, or marine-finished lumber, I feel sad to think that these more unique memorials may become a thing of the past.