Davis Memorial – Strange Grave

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Cemetery, Unusual Findings
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Hiawatha, Kansas is somewhere I never heard of before but I stumbled across an article on roadside America about John M Davis.

Okay I have never heard of him, well not until now anyway, Mt Hope Cemetery in Hiawatha has a grave that would be worth the trip if you are ever in the area.

The giant memorial is for Davis and the wife he adored so much he commissioned Italian marble statues of him and his wife  at various stages in their lives. He had exhausted his savings on the project and so the eleventh statue was made from granite instead of the marble.

“The vacant chair” is where is wife should have been seated, sadly  it did not happen as she died 17 years before he did. Davis died in 1947 aged 92 and his last lonely years were spent around the work in progress and talking to visitors.

Here is a great site about it 



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