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J. C. Hamiter - Yantis Cemetery - Yantis, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 56.173 W 095° 34.087
15S E 259891 N 3647142
Quick Description: A Dove of Peace bearing an olive branch appears on the Woodmen of the World monument for John C. Hamiter, in Yantis Cemetery, Yantis, TX. Thanks to Findagrave for information about his name.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/19/2019 7:52:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM103PB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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 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, and "Dum Tacet Clamat" -- "Though silent, he speaks" -- is at the bottom of the emblem. Later ones would show a simple tree stump instead, and the dove and the tools would be displayed somewhere on the monument.

This marble monument is in very good condition, with a log at the top and branches as detail, and the dove and olive branch inside of the Woodmen of the World emblem is easy to make out. For whatever reason, though, someone has inked the text, even around the family name, "Hamiter", on the plinth. While this may be helpful to those viewing the monument, it remains to be seen whether this harms the marble in days to come. The Woodmen of the World organized themselves into local camps, and we have a reference to that below this inscription:

J.C. Hamiter

Born
Dec. 27, 1871,
Died
Oct. 29, 1902.

Life's labor done.

Erected by Woodmen
of the World
Reily Springs Camp
No. 1209.

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Reily Springs, also spelled "Reilly", is today a rural community near Sulphur Springs, about eight miles from here.
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

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

Address:
Yantis Cemetery
Wood County Rd 1800
Yantis, TX USA
75497


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