Ussery - West Hill Cemetery - Sherman, TX, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 33° 37.889 W 096° 37.148
14S E 720837 N 3723839
Quick Description: A Dove of Peace with an olive branch can be seen in the Woodmen of the World emblem on the monument that marks the final resting place of W.O. Ussery, and his wife, Lenora, in West Hill Cemetery, Sherman, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 8/3/2018 6:58:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMYWT0
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, 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.

This red granite monument is in excellent condition, having survived all kinds of weather, and the detail is still very legible. Two sides of it are completely blank. As there is a Woodmen of the World emblem, Mr. Ussery was the member of the organization; else, the emblem would have been for the Woodmen Circle (or a variant thereof) if Mrs. Ussery had been the member. The dove of peace is easy to make out, as is the branch that it carries. The family name, "Ussery", is on the plinth up front, and the inscription is:

W.O. Ussery

Sept. 4, 1867

Sept. 26, 1896


Mrs. Ussery joined her husband in death just a few years later, and her side of the monument reads:


Wife of
W.O. Ussery

March 8, 1868

April 18, 1899.

Kind of dove: Dove with olive branch

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

1304 W Lamar St
Sherman, TX USA

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