How is this iconic memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC connected with our town? The Italian stone carver kneeling in the left front corner of this 1921 photograph is Umberto Mutti (1979-1936). He’s the great-grandfather of John Kaufhold, whose father, Hans, took over Peterborough Marble & Granite Works, one of the oldest businesses in town.
“Hubert Brennan, a marble worker by trade, came to Peterborough in 1851 and soon became the owner of the Peterborough Marble & Granite Works [originally located at the Centertown Building, 3-15 Main Street]. The primary product was memorial stones. The company was operated by the family until 1958, and the last owner, Charles J. Warren (Hubert Brennan’s grandson), sold the company to Hans Kaufhold, a stone cutter from Germany. The company moved a number of times within the town, to 6 Depot Street in 1959, to 38 Summer Street, and to 72 Concord Street, in 1965… Hans Kaufhold’s son John bought the business in 1989.”1
1 EXCERPT FROM: Our Changing Town: Peterborough 1939-1989, Vol I, pages 222-223.