Tombstone Tuesday: Modern Woodmen of America

This tombstone in Forest Cemetery, Circleville, Ohio is a great example of the Modern Woodmen of America. Many genealogists and taphophiles are familiar with the Woodmen of the World organization, which placed countless tree-stump tombstones on the graves of its deceased members. The Modern Woodmen of America is older than WOW, though it was founded by the same man, Joseph Cullen Root. He formed MWA in Lyons, Iowa in 1883. He left the organization and formed WOW in Omaha, Nebraska in 1890.

Modern Woodmen of America is still an active fraternal/insurance organization. Today it offers a variety of insurance and financial services. Its website features a timeline of its history.

Rihl tombstone with Modern Woodmen of America logo, Forest Cemetery, Circleville, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 10 May 2009; all rights reserved.

Rihl tombstone with Modern Woodmen of America logo, Forest Cemetery, Circleville, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 10 May 2009; all rights reserved.


Close-up of Modern Woodmen of America logo, Rihl tombstone, Forest Cemetery, Circleville, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 10 May 2009; all rights reserved.

Close-up of Modern Woodmen of America logo, Rihl tombstone, Forest Cemetery, Circleville, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 10 May 2009; all rights reserved.

Tombstone Tuesday: John Coble, “a lovely bud so young and fair”

John C. Coble tombstone, Asbury Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. Photo taken by Amy Crow 9 June 2009; all rights reserved.

John C. Coble tombstone, Asbury Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. Photo taken by Amy Crow 9 June 2009; all rights reserved.

This tombstone is in Asbury Cemetery in Madison Township, Franklin County, Ohio, near the intersection of Noe-Bixby Road and Winchester Pike. It is in excellent condition. I love the epitaph.

“In
memory of
John C.
Son of John and
Jane Coble.
born Augt 3th 1838.
died Septr. 17th 1840.
aged 2 years,
1 month and 14 days.
This lovely bud so young
and fair,
Called hence by early doom
Just came to show how
sweet a flower
In paradise would bloom.”

Tombstone Tuesday: Springtime in the Cemetery

With all of the snow we’ve had this winter — including 6 inches of snow and a half inch of ice we got yesterday and today — I’m in need of some springtime. I took this photo a couple of years ago at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus. I hope it brings a bit of springtime to you, too!

Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 2 April 2007; all rights reserved.

Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 2 April 2007; all rights reserved.

Tombstone Tuesday: Need a mirror

When I went to Georgetown, Kentucky back in September 2007, I did what I usually do when I go to a new location: scout out the local cemeteries :) Maplegrove Cemetery in Georgetown is a small, modest, somewhat overgrown cemetery tucked behind a Pizza Hut and a gas station.

This tombstone for Eliza Washington is made from concrete. My best guess is that the person who made it poured the concrete into a box form, then set in stencils for the letters (like kids used to do with potatoes). The tombstone maker forgot (or didn’t realize) that the stencils had to be set backwards so they would appear correctly on the marker. (Again, this is just my best guess.)

I did find a 20-year-old Eliza Washington in the 1910 census for Scott County, Kentucky, but I’m not certain it is the same person.

Text:
Eliza
Washi-
ngton
born
July. 7
184 [9?] 5[?]
died
May. 8
1912

Need a mirror...

Tombstone Tuesday: Indianapolis Typographical Union

Julie Cahill Tarr, the Chicagoland Graveyard Rabbit, posted a photo of  the Chicago Typographical Union Memorial in Elmwood Park Cemetery, River Grove Illinois. It reminded that I found a similar monument a few years ago in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana (one of my favorite cemeteries).

Indianapolis Typographical Union monument, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Amy Crow, taken 27 September 2004, all rights reserved.

Indianapolis Typographical Union monument, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Amy Crow, taken 27 September 2004, all rights reserved.

 According to The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, the National Typographical Union was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1852. Journeymen printers from fourteen cities were represented; the group from Indianapolis was selected as Union No. 1 “through a random drawing.” The Union later became the International Typographical Union following the admission of Canadian unions in 1869.(1)

J. . E. Puhl marker, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana; photo taken by Amy Crow, 27 Sept 2004, all rights reserved.

J. E. Puhl marker, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana; photo taken by Amy Crow, 27 Sept 2004, all rights reserved.

Surrounding the monument are 13 smaller markers: (2)

  • S. H. Hill, 1874
  • W. Spooner, 1875
  • Unknown, 1876
  • ___ Lee, 1876
  • C. Gildricht, 1881
  • J. B. Smith, 1880
  • J. Sexton, 1905
  • J. E. Puhl, 1881
  • W. B. Montgomery, 1890
  • J. Wilson, 1885
  • B. E. Dolbear, 1887
  • Mrs. B. E. Dolbear, 1887
  • D. Mitten, 1887

Sources:

(1) Cunningham, Joan. “International Typographical Union.” In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Robert Graham Barrows, 823-824. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994. 

(2) Crow, Amy. Photographs taken at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana, 27 September 2004.