Jeff D. Johnston - Oak Ridge Cemetery - Ladonia, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 33° 28.868 W 095° 58.250
15S E 223943 N 3708577
Quick Description: A Dove of Peace bearing an olive branch appears on the Woodmen of the World monument for Jeff D. Johnston, in historic Oak Ridge Cemetery, northwest of Ladonia, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 5/2/2019 11:17:01 PM
Waymark Code: WM10G6E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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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 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 tree trunks, like this marble example, 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 emblems would show a simple tree stump instead, and the dove and the tools would be displayed somewhere on the monument.

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 that Mr. Johnston belonged to Red Cedar Camp No. 450.

The family name, "Johnston", is on the plinth, with "Erected by the Woodmen of the World" above it. The inscription scroll reads:

Jeff D.

July 23, 1861,

Aug. 14, 1899.


Red Cedar Camp No.
450 W O W
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

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

10368 E FM 1550
Ladonia, TX USA

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