The O'Toole Brothers Monument Works


| September/October 1999

  • Steam engine

    Steven T. O'Toole
  • Bridge
    Photo 3. The bridge on the road to the cemetery was shored up in order to hold the weight of the steam engine and stones.
    Steven T. O'Toole
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    Photo 2. A crowd developed to see the large pieces of the monument start their way to the cemetery.
    Steven T. O'Toole
  • Steam engine
    Photo 4. Erection site for the three Patterson monuments. Note the steam engine in the background.
    Steven T. O'Toole

  • Steam engine
  • Bridge
  • # Picture 01
  • Steam engine

29 W. High Street, St. Marys, Ohio 45885

Photo 1. James P. O'Toole shown in front of steam engine at the O'Toole Brothers Monument Works, Liberty, Indiana. Frank Perkins at the controls of the steam engine.

In the early 1920s the O'Toole Brothers Monument Works, located in Liberty, Indiana, erected three large monuments at a cemetery near Liberty. The Patterson family employed the O'Toole Brothers to place the three stones in the cemetery.

The series of photos shows the work involved in hauling the pieces of stone and erecting the monument. A steam engine, owned and operated by Frank Perkins, was used to pull the many pieces of stone to the site.



The photos and information were provided by Steven T. O'Toole, grandson of James P. O'Toole, one of the original owners. Steven is the current owner and operator of the O'Toole Brothers Monument Works. The showroom remains much the same as when it was constructed in 1914 and continues to serve as a monument showroom.



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