† 291 Commercial Street

Nickerson’s Monumental Studio

Well into the ’30s stood a remnant of Reuben Nickerson’s Monumental Studio, a stoneworking shop continued by his son, Theodore S. Nickerson. It had been in business at least since the 1870s, when this lot was denominated 272 Commercial. On the 50th wedding anniversary of Theodore and his wife, Lillian P. (Rich) Nickerson, The Advocate recapitulated his career, beginning when marble was in vogue: “A hand chisel and wooden mallet were used in the laborious process of fashioning the ornate bunches of flowers, figures and the frequently length epitaphs. In those days, more lofty memorials were the vogue, many of them seven and eight feet high, and some even higher. The tendency was to cover a stone as completely as possible with inscriptions and poetry, so that often the lettering cost considerably more than the stone.” (“Nickersons Look Back on 50 Years,” The Advocate, 2 June 1938.) When more durable granite was widely sought, Nickerson told the newspaper, it demanded such different skills and tools that it was “necessary for the stone cutter to practically learn his trade anew.”



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