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Columbus, Ohio: Fisherman Grave

Emil Ambos loved to fish, so when he died in 1898 he commissioned a grave statue of himself fishing.

Green Lawn Cemetery

1000 Green Lawn Ave., Columbus, OH
Green Lawn Cemetery. I-71 exit 105, then drive west on Greenlawn Ave., which leads straight into the cemetery. When you come to a large traffic circle keep to the left, passing Sections 39, 47, and 77. Turn right when you get to section 85. The fisherman will be up ahead in Section 50, on the left side of the road, just past the big Wolfe family plot, near the fish pond.
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Emil Ambos was a liquor wholesaler and a tavern owner. Fishing was one of his major pleasures. When he died in 1898 with no immediate family, he established two endowments so that his friends could attend a large fish dinner in his memory, and commissioned a grave statue of himself fishing.

The statue was completed in 1901, but by the 1990s it was starting to show signs of deterioration. It was shot at, and some of the sculpted fish on his fishing pole and in the bucket were stolen. The cemetery hired Ohio artist Mike Major to restore the sculpture, which included fabricating fish to replace those that had been stolen.

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