Preserved in Whisky

For those of you seeking alternate arrangements, we offer this unusual strategy from the December 7, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

His Body Preserved in Whisky.

In the little country churchyard at Kentontown, Kentucky, the remains of an eccentric old gentleman lie preserved in pure old Burbon whisky in a casket hewed from a solid rock. Charles Bramlette was his name and he was eighty years old at the time of his death. Fourteen years prior to that date he had the coffin hewed out at a cost of $960, and put a barrel of pure Burbon whisky in his cellar which was to be poured over his remains when they had been placed in the sarcophagus. In his will he provided that his heirs should receive $10,000 each, if his wishes in regard to his interment were carried out; otherwise, they were to receive only one dollar each.


Ben Wood says he was personally acquainted with Mr. Bramlette and that he went to many shooting matches with the old gentleman in Kentucky and shot with him for turkeys.


It is said Mr. Bramlette’s motive in wishing this unique burial was to prove that the old idea of dust to dust and ashes to ashes was a back number.