Bascom L. Ferguson - Veal Station Cemetery - Weatherford, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 54.632 W 097° 40.887
14S E 623301 N 3642138
Quick Description: A Dove of Peace holding an olive branch can be found on the Woodmen of the World monument for Bascom L. Ferguson, in Veal Station Cemetery, northeast of Weatherford, TX, where the Veal Station community once thrived.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/15/2018 8:43:07 AM
Waymark Code: WMY3TP
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 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 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. Sometimes, the tools and/or the dove would be part of the monument, in relief, as is the case here. This monument has been vandalized and repaired, but it is separate from the base, which stands behind it. The inscription is:

Bascom L.

Oct. 8, 1875

Aug. 15, 1906


The best, the dearest
favored of the sky.
Must taste that cup; for
man is born to die.
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

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

2900 block of Veal Station Rd
Veal Station Cemetery
Weatherford, TX USA

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