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John C. Parris - Rock Church Cemetery - Tolar, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 17.969 W 097° 57.537
14S E 598014 N 3574107
Quick Description: A dove of peace bearing an olive branch can be seen in the emblem on the Woodmen of the World obelisk for John Calvin Parris, in historic Rock Church Cemetery, southwest of Tolar, TX. Thanks to Findagrave for information about his name.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 11/7/2018 9:29:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMZGAK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
Views: 1

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 many varieties of headstones would be marked with a Woodmen of the World emblem of some kind. Earlier ones, like this one, featured a dove of peace with an olive branch in its beak, flying over a fallen log where the tools of the woodmen's trade -- hatchet, mallet, and wedge -- can be seen. Later ones would show a simple tree stump instead.

This gray granite obelisk is in excellent condition. The Woodmen of the World emblem is on the plinth -- note "Erected by the" just above -- and the inscription on the obelisk shaft reads:

John C. Parris
Born Apr. 2, 1863
Died Oct. 24, 1904
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

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

6101 Rock Church Hwy
Tolar, TX USA

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