The Durlauf family: three generations of stonecarvers in southern Indiana.

S. J. Bronner

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The Durlauf families were, for three generations, stonecarvers in Jasper, Indiana, a predominantly German-Catholic area in the SW section of the state. Michael F. Durlauf (1856-1931), the son of Michael Sr, who moved to Jasper in 1858 from Bavaria, as a master carver is best known for his double-arch tombstones, tombstones with inscriptions in German, and tree-stump tombstones. He also created a variety of stone objects in Dubois County including gateposts for churches and a monument on the courthouse square in Jasper. Michael influenced other stonecarvers in the area, plus his sons, Harry, Leo, and Otto. Leo, the most accomplished of the three, along with Otto maintained the business until World War II. This study illuminates the human element in artifactual research-the significance that individuals' creations have for them and for their community.-C.R.Gunter Jr

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalPioneer America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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