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Walter W. Cobb - Smyrna Cemetery - Lannius, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 33° 36.669 W 096° 02.128
14S E 775057 N 3722983
Quick Description: A dove of peace with an olive branch can be seen in the Woodmen of the World emblem on the Woodmen monument for Walter W. Cobb, in Smyrna Cemetery, Lannius, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 7/29/2018 9:08:52 AM
Waymark Code: WMYVQA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11
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, 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, 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, and the dove and the tools would be displayed somewhere on the monument.

This granite tree trunk monument is in fairly good condition, quite weathered, but the detail on the inside of the Woodmen of the World emblem is still pretty much with us, and the dove and the olive branch are easy to make out. The family name, "Cobb", is on the base in relief, with this inscription, above:

Walter W.

Mar. 15, 1877,

Nov. 3, 1902.
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

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

2391 Fannin County Rd 2917
Lannius, TX USA

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