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W.R. Adkins - Oakland Cemetery - Canton, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 34.061 W 095° 45.605
15S E 240871 N 3606722
Quick Description: A Dove of Peace can be found on the Woodmen of the World monument for W.R. Adkins, in historic Oakland Cemetery, northeast of Canton, TX in the Oakland community.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/19/2018 6:18:30 AM
Waymark Code: WMY4FH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member kaschper69
Views: 4

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, and on some occasions, like this, the Woodmen of the World emblem would be featured on a bronze plate. On this monument, the family name, Adkins, is on the plinth, with this inscription:

Husband of
Cora Adkins

Apr. 19, 1879

July 8, 1905

Gone so soon.

Gone from our home
But not from our hearts.
Kind of dove: Dove without olive branch, but with some clear connection to concepts of peace

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

Oakland Cemetery
12316 FM 1255
Canton, TX USA

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