About Century Memorials
We are proud of our over 150 year history at the forefront of the memorial industry. Perhaps we could share a bit of this history with you.
In 1854, two Scotsmen, J.R. Pitbladdo and Thomas Pitbladdo founded separate and competing monument companies. Over the next 80 years the companies flourished and furnished monuments for many notable persons of those times. A sample list would include the families of Peter Cooper, founder of Cooper Union University, Horace Greeley, publisher of the old New York Herald who popularized the phrase "Go West Young Man, Go West", Samuel F. B. Morse of Morse code fame, Nathaniel Currier of Currier and Ives, and so on.
A merger of the two firms followed, incorporating production facilities into one location. Brooklyn Monument Company was formed in 1929 by a Finnish stonecutter, John Hakola, and his son Wayne. Eventually its growth enabled them in the mid-1950's to acquire the assets of the two original firms. Century Memorials was incorporated in 1981 to consolidate the operations of the three firms under one entity.
Many changes have occurred since the mid 1950's. With the increase in popularity of cremation, we have furnished columbarium niches in a number of churches, including St. John's Church, "The Church of the Generals" at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, as well as private cremation memorials for families, both in cemeteries and at their homes. A memorial to Washington Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge engineer, was erected on the Supreme Court grounds at Cadman Plaza, and we have duplicated and installed headstones on Long Island in the historical graveyard of William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The Xaverian Brothers teaching order near Baltimore chose us to furnish the feature monument and individual grave markers for their plot in Resurrection Cemetery, Staten Island, NY. A dedication plaque to DeWitt Wallace, founder of the Readers Digest, was installed in the auditorium named in his honor at the Digest's headquarters in Pleasantville, NY. We carved a large Menorah on the interior stone wall of the Community Synagogue in Port Washington, Long Island. We have also furnished our services for the families of actors Dick Van Patten and Montgomery Clift of California.
As we approach the century and a half mark, we are determined to continue our dedication to providing only the finest memorials and workmanship coupled with efficient service to our customers. The generations of family experience and professional service assure you of the personal care upon which our reputation is based.