One of my favorite monuments at Spring Grove is the Dannenfelser Monument in Section 73, Lot 307. Charles “Carl” Dannenfelser, born December 3, 1854, came to the United States in 1871. In 1877, he married Louisa Meyer who also came from Germany in 1871.
Carl was a noted wood carver and furniture maker and he is credited by Walter Langsam as the craftsman for the library woodwork in the Charles Phelps Taft home, now the Taft Museum, and the woodwork in the Marcus Fechheimer Residence on Garfield Place.
Carl and Louisa Dannenfelser had six children: Leo Philip, Selma, Louisa, Karl, Elsie, and J. Caesar. By the 1900 Census, Carl is listed as an “Art Cabinet Dealer” while oldest son Leo P. is listed as “Carver Wood”. By 1910 all the children except youngest Caesar have moved out of the family home on E. Ridgeway Ave. in Norwood. Philip continues in the ‘wood’ business as noted in the 1910 Census and even Caesar is listed as a “designer” in the furniture industry in the 1930 Census. Patriarch Carl died October 2, 1916. Matriarch Louisa died on April 11, 1936. (Spring Grove records are great because you can learn things like Carl died of Cancer of the Rectum – not so great for him – and Louisa was living at the St. Leger Apartments in Evanston at the time of her death. How different those apartments must have been in 1936!)
I would assume the monument of the kneeling woman at a chair is significant given the family’s connection to the furniture making industry. Just an educated guess though.