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J.A. McElhany - Bullard Cemetery - Bullard, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 08.233 W 095° 19.909
15S E 280050 N 3558027
Quick Description: A Dove of Peace bearing an olive branch appears on the Woodmen of the World monument for J.A. McElhany in historic Bullard Cemetery, Bullard, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 9/24/2019 8:02:19 PM
Waymark Code: WM11C35
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. 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 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 like this one would show a simple tree stump instead, and the dove and tools are worked into the fabric of the monument.

The Dove of Peace perches atop the inscription scroll that hangs from a sawed-off branch on this marble monument, and below the Woodmen of the World emblem is this inscription:

J.A. McElhany.

Born
Feb. 10, 1859,

Died
Aug. 4, 1906.

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Kind father of love, thou
art gone to thy rest,
Forever to bask mid the
joys of the blest.
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

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

Address:
Bullard Cemetery
FM 344
Bullard, TX USA
75757


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