Here is the funeral announcement for my great-grandfather, Thomas Doran.
Next is the obituary of my great-grandfather, Charles E. Miller, aka Carl Christian Müller. I previously had a transcript of the obituary but I never had a scan of the actual article.
Next is their son, my grandfather, Leo Henry Miller.
Having these sources of information all supporting each other really put the whole story together. I am still confused as to his address in the obituary. I drove by this house and that is not the house I remember him living in.
Moving on, here is the obituary for my grandmother, Julia Doran Miller:
|If you look at the porch posts and the roofline in these photos, you can be sure they are the same home.|
|The old Wabash depot in Carthage, Illinois|
|Top: 2012 Bottom: 2017|
I got a call from Harrison Monuments today. They were at Sacred Heart Cemetery and worked on Thomas Patrick's headstone. It ends up that the stone had slid off of the foundation and started sinking. The foundation was still in place and solid. This means that all that needed to be done is clean off the foundation and the stone and set the stone onto the foundation with a setting of concrete. This means the cost was only $50 instead of the $150 initially planned. I highly encourage any memorial work in the Fort Madison area be done by Harrison Monuments. This shows a high degree of integrity because I am a 5-6 hour drive from the area and they could have reset the stone for the quoted price and I'd be none the wiser. They were honest in charging only what was necessary. For this I am grateful. I encourage others to use their services.
Here is what the stone looked like when it was removed from the ground:
And then the finished product, cleaned and set on the foundation: