It was the Summer of 1895 when Louis Schmidt sold his first monument from
what was then Marshfield Marble and Granite. In his first year, he sold
monuments to 20 families. The burial related business began on the same
downtown location as today’s version on South Central Avenue. The original shop
and retail store is where the display lot is now. The current building at 435 South
Central Avenue was opened in 1949.
Schmidt employed two men, Ed Beck and John Rhodes. Rhodes eventually bought
the business from its founder in 1938. It remained in the Rhodes family until
1977 when Cliff Craft and John Hopperdietzel purchased it.
John and Joyce Hopperdietzel bought out Craft’s shares of the business in 1984.
Their son, Brian, is now a business partner in the company. Marshfield Monument
currently services 800 to 1,000 families.
The tools of the monument trade have been altered by over 100 years
of technology. Years ago, everything was done by hand. All the
were drawn by
hand and engraved
into the marker
with a hammer and
chisel. Now most
of the markers are
designed with a
technology doesn’t substitute for everything. Some markers are still
designed and engraved on the stone by hand. Jet Black Granite offers the
ability to hand etch complex designs and portraits.
Contact us today.
Established Monument Company
Locally owned & operated