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John L. Brian - Willow Wild Cemetery - Bonham, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 33° 34.772 W 096° 11.690
14S E 760360 N 3719064
Quick Description: A Dove of Peace with an olive branch appears in relief on the Woodmen of the World monument for John L. Brian, in Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 7/15/2018 9:17:23 AM
Waymark Code: WMYR5X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11
Views: 2

Long Description:
The Woodmen of the World are known today as WoodmenLife, a fraternal society that provides insurance to its members. Visitors to older cemeteries can frequently spot the tree trunk monuments that they placed at the graves of their members, although not every tree trunk monument out there was placed by the Woodmen of the World: It was common in the late 19th century to use a log to note that a person had died young, and many infants have such grave markers. Eventually, those tree trunk monuments became too expensive to produce, and later headstones would be marked with a Woodmen of the World emblem of some kind. Very early ones, like this one, typically lack an emblem, and are identified by the tools of the woodmen's trade -- hatchet, mallet, and wedge -- along with a banner or ribbon that says "Erected by the Woodmen of the World", their motto, "Dum tacet clamat," and a dove with an olive branch. This is one of those early monuments, lacking a Woodmen emblem. The family name, "Brian", is on the logpile base, and a ribbon with "Erected by Woodmen of the World" wraps around the top of the monument, below the dove and tools. The inscription is below "Dum Tacet Clamat":

John L.

Jan. 30, 1866.

Apr. 17, 1902.


A loving husband, a father
A faithful friend lies buried


Someone not associated with the Woodmen of the World must have worked on that inscription, because the Woodmen of the World made efforts to note that their members don't lie. It would be more appropriate to have "is buried here" instead.
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

Used material for the dove: Other (explanation in the long description)

1220 W 7th St
Bonham, TX USA

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