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Rust-McCoy Monument Works, 1934
Michael Unger Monuments, on 4th Street, 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 "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.
Since the 1960's the company has produced marble, granite, and bronze headstones. At one time, "Rust-Unger Monuments" and its predecessors, also produced marble tabletops, fireplace surrounds, and even windowsills. 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 came to work for Don Unger. In 1982 Donald Anderson and his wife, Denise, purchased "Rust-Unger Monuments" from the retiring Don Unger. "Rust-Unger Monuments" continues to serve Bartholomew and surrounding counties, and is proud to be a historical part of Columbus, Indiana.
-Serving Indiana For 150 Years-
Rust-Unger Monuments office & 10th Street display, Today.
A Message From the Owner
As you look around our website you'll see fine stone sculpting and engraving, 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.
Experience, artistry, Old World craftsmanship and 21st Century technology come together as we create beautiful memorials.
Navigate our site and look at the many designs, different memorial shapes and granite colors. We add new gravestones to our stock 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 privilege 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.
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