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www.newspaperabstracts.com/index.php Vern D ///////////////////////////////// Transcribed by Dee Sardoc //////////////////////////////// Stockton Daily Independent Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA ***************************************** >>Wednesday, 14 May 1862<<
FINE MARBLE WORK -- In the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery near this city is a monument from the marble works of Messrs. BENEDICT & ROBERTS, on Sutter street near Main, recently erected by Mr. Richard TUNIS in memory of deceased relatives. This monument is made entirely of marble quarried near Columbia, and stands upon a brick base 3 feet in height, the block and column rising to a high of 7 feet, making the total high 10 feet. On the south side is the following inscription:
‘Benjamin TUNIS, a soldier of the War of 1812-1815; born 1795, died1859’
And on the north side the following:
‘Thomas TUNIS BROWNE; born 1824; died 1850’
The principal beauty is in the fine quality of the marble, next to which is the design, surpassing in elegant proportions all other monuments in the city. The Columbia marble, for all purposes for which marble is used, is unequalled by any imported; and by those competent to judge, is pronounced susceptible to the highest degree of polish and capable of durability beyond the marble in general use for monument purposes in the Eastern States. All who are interested in native productions, will derive pleasure in visiting the marble works above referred to, and examining the specimens of various grades of marble in the rough and finished state. No other than that from the quarries at Columbia, is used in these works.