While waiting on Part 3 to show up, I decided to give my experiences with the symbols from all three (3) parts. This post was started before Part 3 showed up on September 30, 2019 although it posting after I re-blogged Part 3 last night.
To read Part 1 of this series on club, society and fraternity gravestone symbols, click
HERE. Try here: http://blog.billiongraves.com/2019/08/19/club-and-fraternity-symbols-at-the-cemetery/
Here’s Part 2 of 3 – Club, Society, and Fraternity Gravestone Symbols: Part 2 – BillionGraves: https://blog.billiongraves.com/2019/09/16/club-society-and-fraternity-gravestone-symbols-part-2/.
Here’s Part 3 of 3: Club, Society, & Fraternity Gravestone Symbols: Part 3 – http://blog.billiongraves.com/2019/09/30/5501/.
- American Legion (Start of Part 1)
- Benevolent Protective Order of Elks
- Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
- Order of the Eastern Star
- Fraternal Order of the Eagles (Start of Part 2)
- Independent Order of Odd Fellows
- Knights of Columbus
- Knights of Pythias
- Knights of the Maccabees
- Loyal Order of the Moose (Start of Part 3)
- Salvation Army
- Woodmen of the World
To learn about other gravestone symbols go to:
- Understanding Cemetery Symbols Part I
- Understanding Cemetery Symbols Part II
- Understanding Cemetery Crosses
- Irish Gravestone Symbols
We hope you enjoy finding new symbols at the cemetery!
Cathy Wallace and the BillionGraves Team
I have seen all of the above symbols either during BillionGraves transcriptions, and I believe I have come across all while photographing headstones in Wichita. For the ones I wasn’t familiar with, I looked them up. There are several Odd Fellows organizations in addition to International Order of the Odd Fellows (IOOF). The most common tends to be the IOOF on headstones, but saw a few that were other Odd Fellows organizations.
I guessed they would not add Modern Woodmen of America (MWA) which was founded by the same person who founded Woodmen of the World (WOW or WOTW) – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21777251/joseph-cullen-root. From my post last night, Club, Society, and Fraternity Gravestone Symbols: Part 3 – BillionGraves September 30, 2019:
Both groups used similar headstone styles, with MWA using either Modern Woodmen of America or MWA (sometimes it looks more like WMA although the M tends to be a bit higher than the W and A): https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/87369513/jacob-rihl and Woodmen of the World, WOW, or WOTW – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21777251/joseph-cullen-root (founder of both groups of Woodmen). It’s not always easy to tell which is which if you don’t get close enough to check for MWA/Modern Woodmen of America or Woodmen of the World/WOW or WOTW). You may find both MWA and WOW buried in the same cemetery.
I don’t remember which I came across first – MWA or WOW, probably WOW: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3093/sidney-toler. As I used to watch Charlie Chan movies, I immediately recognized Sidney as being one of the Charlie Chan actors. I wasn’t familiar with Woodmen of the World, nor did I know about Modern Woodmen of America at the time. It was only later after seeing a MWA headstone, most likely in either Highland Cemetery or Maple Grove Cemetery which is across the street from Highland. That’s when I learned about both organizations.
Here’s a headstone that doesn’t say MWA or WOW – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23818696/ebenezer-h_-vandoren. It has a definite cut log shape to the base. I won’t be able to visit my favorite society until next Tuesday to see if he was a member of either group as the society should be closed Saturday since the other local genealogy society is hosting their yearly conference which will have Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, – https://www.legalgenealogist.com/ as the guest speaker this year: https://wichitagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=67.