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Crown Hill
April 2022
Crown Hill
It’s April! Spring is finally springing, the cemetery is getting greener, and trees are budding and blooming. Nature is doing its work of beauty. In our Crown Series Newsletter this month, we will look into the lives of two men who appreciated both the beauty found in nature and man’s reflection of it through all kinds of art.
Harrison Eiteljorg
(10/1/1903 – 4/29/1997)
Photo Credit: Eiteljorg Museum
Harrison Eiteljorg’s family had settled in Indianapolis from Germany so that his father could pursue his dental practice.  Harrison started law school at Indiana University but decided after a year that the law was not for him, and he returned to Indianapolis to work in advertising and as a reporter for a newspaper. Eiteljorg married Edith Morgan in 1933 and joined her father’s coal business, Morgan Mines. Under his leadership it became Morgan Coal in 1947, with strip mining interests in Indiana, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
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Earl Townsend, Jr.
(11/9/1914 – 8/5/2007)
Photo Credit: Hoopshall
Earl Townsend, Jr. is buried just up Crown Hill from Harrison Eiteljorg, with both family lots sharing a commanding view of the Indianapolis skyline. Both men also shared the same deep passion for Native American Art. During his 92 years, Townsend acquired one of the largest and best collections of prehistoric stone Native American artifacts in the world. He wrote a 740-page book about his collection entitled Birdstones of the North American Indian.
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