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Wm. D. Simmons - Coffman-Layne Cemetery - Denison, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 33° 46.029 W 096° 34.750
14S E 724193 N 3738971
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 William D. Simmons, in historic Coffman-Layne Cemetery, Denison, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 8/3/2018 6:30:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMYWRV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11
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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, 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, a bit weathered, with quite a bit of lichen, but the detail on the inside of the Woodmen of the World emblem is still pretty much with us. The dove and the olive branch are easy to make out. The family name, "Simmons", stands out in relief at an angle across the bottom of the trunk. The inscription scroll hangs from two sawn-off branches, and reads:

Wm. D.
Simmons

Born
Jan. 26, 1874,
Died
Sept. 14, 1900.

Not lost, blest thought,
But gone before.
Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

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

Address:
Coffman-Layne Cemetery
1112 Layne Dr
Denison, TX USA
75020


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