W.A. Hickman - Cleburne Memorial Cemetery - Cleburne, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 20.732 W 097° 22.191
14S E 653404 N 3579903
Quick Description: A Dove of Peace bearing an olive branch appears on the Woodmen of the World monument for W.A. Hickman, in Cleburne Memorial Cemetery, Cleburne, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/26/2019 7:16:49 PM
Waymark Code: WM10F33
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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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 marble 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 non-tree trunk monument, featured an emblem with 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. Around the perimeter of the emblem is "Woodmen of the World", and inside is "Dum tacet clamat", "Thou silent, he speaks", with a pair of laurels. The Woodmen of the World organized themselves into local "camps", and this is a fairly common example of a monument that references the camp to which the person belonged, noting Mr. Hickman's membership in Cross Timbers Camp No. 4.

This is a fairly good example of a Woodmen of the World monument from the 19th century. It is made of gray marble, with an impressive cap with an urn, and although it's quite weathered, the family name, "Hickman", is still legible on the front plinth. The Woodmen of the World emblem is on the monument's shaft, and below is this inscription:

W.A. Hickman

April 30, 1853,

May 1, 1895.

Resting in hope of a glorious
He died as he lived, a Christian.
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

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

405 Waters St
Cleburne, TX USA

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