Upon visiting the site, Ruthven was dismayed that there was no burial marker, and no indication of the significant contribution a teenage Cincinnati artist had made to one of the great publishing efforts in recent history.
Bill Hopple, a trustee of Spring Grove Cemetery and Executive Director of Cincinnati Nature Center, and wildlife artist and Director Emeritus of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science, DeVere Burt, were recruited by Ruthven to assist with the creation of a suitable marker for the Mason grave site.
Financial assistance was provided by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. Ruthven designed the bronze relief tablet incorporating one of Mason`s backgrounds and a brief historical account of Mason's life written by Burt. The 1 1/2 ton memorial was installed in December 2012 and will be formally dedicated April 20, 2013.
This unique story of research, discovery, and recognition, span many miles and decades, and ends in Cincinnati. A final irony is that after all John Ruthven`s searching for Joseph Mason's final resting place, he found it located mere foot steps away from the Ruthven family plot in the quiet glades of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.
January 8, 2013
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