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W.H. Bird - Granbury Cemetery - Granbury, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 27.223 W 097° 47.126
14S E 614157 N 3591377
Quick Description: A Dove of Peace can be seen in the Woodmen of the World emblem on the monument that marks the final resting place of William Henry Bird in historic Granbury Cemetery, Granbury, TX. Thanks to Findagrave for information about his name.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 5/27/2018 7:58:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMYC3B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member kaschper69
Views: 3

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 and monuments would be marked with a Woodmen of the World emblem of some kind. Earlier ones, like this one, 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 would show a simple tree stump instead.

The Woodmen of the World emblem is at the top of this marble headstone, with the family name, "Bird", on the plinth, and a cross and palm fronds above the plinth. There is floral detail throughout, and the three other sides are blank. The inscription is:

W.H. Bird

May 28, 1899,

49 Yrs 7 Mos.
& 1 Day.

On the side of the plinth is an epitaph:

No pain no grief no anxious
Can reach the peaceful
sleeper here.
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

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

Granbury Cemetery
Woodmen Street
Granbury, TX USA

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