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O'Toole Brothers Monument Works

| July/August 1999

  • John V. O'Toole'

    Steven O'Toole
  • Stationery Engine

    Steven O'Toole

  • John V. O'Toole'
  • Stationery Engine

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

The O'Toole Brothers Monument Works was established in the town of Liberty, Indiana, in 1878 by four brothers: James P., Thomas P., John V., and Albert. In 1914 the O'Toole Brothers constructed a new monument works and showroom, which still stands and continues to serve.

Grandson of James P. O'Toole, Steven T. O'Toole, now owns and operates the monument business. The O'Toole family has been known for their interest in preserving history and maintaining equipment and buildings handed down through generations. The showroom remains much today as it did in the early 1900s.

The above photo shows John V. O'Toole 'cutting in' a final date on a monument using a portable gasoline engine and compressor. The below photo shows James P. O'Toole proudly standing by a stationery engine which ran an air compressor at the Liberty, Indiana, business.

The photos are courtesy of Steven O'Toole. Mr. O'Toole continues to utilize a 1930s model combustion engine and compressor to perform various monument work and drives a 1955 Ford truck to his cemetery locations.

A visit to the brothers' monument works is truly a visit back into the past. Mr. O'Toole is a most gracious host and proud of his rich heritage.


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