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|This flower urn is made from BOMB parts manufactured during World War II!! This urn was fashioned out of bomb inner-casings that were pressed from sheet metal during the War at the Lonergan Manufacturing Company in Albion for the defense department. After the War, local fireman/mechanic and entrepreneur Phlauras Rausch (1911-1958) approached Mr. Simon Lonergan and purchased the surplus bomb ends (front and back) , and welded together this rather unique urn. The large round part which forms the portion holding the dirt and flowers, and the top of the bottom base (identical parts) were used as the rear end of the inner bomb casing. When the bottom piece is more cone-shaped, and was the front of the inner-bomb casing. The actual working parts/chemicals that made up the bomb would have been stuffed inside of these. Keep in mind that the parts we see here would have been encased in a thicker outer-shell of the bomb, and there would have been a long center piece. Notice the strips of metal that form the handles and decorative parts. On one side they have rounded grooves. These were strips of metal that were used during the War at Union Steel Products in Albion, which manufactured oven shelving. These strips are the bottom cross-braces under the wire portion of the shelves. The grooves are where wires sat. There are several such flower urns that Mr. Rausch fashioned here in Riverside Cemetery.|
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