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From: "Caroline" <>
Subject: [AL-CEM] Whiskey Bottle Tombstone
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 08:43:19 -0500
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In Clayton, AL, very close to Eufaula on the GA line, in the Clayton
Baptist Church Cemetery is the WHISKEY BOTTLE TOMBSTONE.
"The bottle-shaped headstone and footstone, which mark the final resting
place of William T. Mullen (1834 -1863), still contains their original
removable stone stoppers. Such a memorial obviously tells a story and the
story behind the stone goes something like this: Mr. Mullen, a local
accountant, acquired a reputation as a heavy drinker. His wife, Mary, a
devout teetotaler, threatened that if he drank himself to death, she would
let the world know by erecting an appropriate memorial. The Whiskey Bottle
Tombstone testifies that she kept her promise."
Alabama, Off the Beaten Path by Gay Martin
And I'll "testify" that the tombstone is there -
Caroline, Prattville, AL



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