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Michael Unger Monuments, on 4th St. in the year 1903
James A. Cavanaugh, a native of Columbus, Indiana, returned from the Civil War and opened a monument company. For more than twenty years, he created marble tombstones. After his death, Michael Unger, a French immigrant and longtime employee of Cavanaugh, purchased the assets of the firm and continued the business under the name, "The Michael Unger Monument Company".
George W. Unger, Michael's son, bought the "Columbus Monument Works" in 1920 and sometime later merged it with the "Unger Monument Company" creating the "Unger Granite Works".
The "Rust Monument Company" was founded in 1928 when three employees left George W. Unger to form the "Rust-McCoy Monument Works." George continued in the business until 1938 when he passed it on to his son, Donald Unger. In 1963 Donald bought the "Rust Monument Company".
Later, A. Dale and James N. Rust became the sole owners of the headstone company. After Donald Unger bought the "Rust Monument Company" from A. Dale Rust, he merged it with the "Unger Granite Works" and moved the gravestone company from 421 Fourth Street to its current location at 2421 East Tenth Street, renaming it "Rust-Unger Monuments".
Since the 1960's the company has produced marble, granite and bronze headstones. At one time, "Rust-Unger Monuments" and its predecesssors, also produced marble tabletops, fireplace surrounds and even window sills. The company provided commercial and custom sandblasting services into the mid 1940's.
In the mid 1970's, after serving four years in the United States Navy, another Columbus native, Donald Anderson and his wife, Denise, purchased "Rust-Unger Monuments" from the retiring Don Unger. "Rust-Unger Monuments" now serves the entire state and is very proud to be a historical part of Columbus, Indiana.
As you look around our website you will see fine stone sculpting, laser etching artistry and other work all completed by our extremely talented craftsmen. We take great care to select quality granite for our headstones, ensuring that the monument you secure from us will mark your loved one's place of rest with unfading and everlasting beauty. Old World Craftsmanship, Artistry, many years of experience and 21st Century technology come together as we create beautiful memorials.
Navigate our website and look at the many designs, different memorial shapes and granite colors. We add new gravestones to our inventory frequently and have only showcased some of them here. Unique shapes can be custom crafted. We have made numerous "One of a Kind" monuments over the many years that we have been in business.
We consider it a priviledge to serve our customers and would welcome the opportunity to help you select and design a monument. Contact us with your questions and visit one of our large displays anytime.
MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 to 5:00
SATURDAY 9:00 to Noon
Prices, sizes, granite colors and other information may be obtained by contacting us with the ID Code that appears below the photo of each monument.
Utilizing computer software, our in-house designer will use your ideas to build a "to scale" layout of your memorial on a large computer screen. We have thousands of images from which to choose in creating the concept that you wish to convey. If a specific, unique design is required, our graphic artist can create any image that is desired. In this way, you will be able see what the finished memorial will look like before we begin to create it.
Contact us to have death dates, text and designs added to existing headstones, monuments and markers.
I am beyond grateful for the entire staff at Rust-Unger Monuments for their expertise, their service, their artistry, and their products. Denise helped me every step of the way and she is exceptional! She took a sketched drawing of mine (and I'm not an artist) to concept and then full production. She spent extra time with her team and with me to make certain it was perfect. She made recommendations and gave me options. Denise took the time to listen and understand exactly what I wanted and why. The hardest thing to do is bury a child and then try to memorialize who your child was and Denise and the staff at Rust-Unger Monuments helped me accomplish that. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! I highly recommend them for your memorial needs. Well done Rust-Unger team.
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