Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday--Woodmen of the World Bonanza

     This summer I photographed my first Woodmen of the World (WOW) tombstone in the Bellevue Cemetery, Bellevue, Ohio. I have always been fascinated with tombstones that are shaped like tree trunks and happened upon the WOW symbol by accident since it was on a tree trunk tombstone. The find has put me on, yet another, tombstone quest.

     While wandering about the Lafayette Cemetery # 1, in the Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana this weekend, I spied a tree trunk tombstone. Imagine my surprise when I saw the deceased was a member of the Woodmen of the World. It didn’t stop there…..I found several more.
John Crane Ermon Son of John Ermon And Susan Crane Born August 15?, 1802 maybe 1882 Died October 28, 1914 Member of Magnolia Camp Number ?
Paul Andrew St. Pierre Born May 18, 1868 Died November 12, 1916 Excelsior Camp Number 471
Harry T. Melling Died June 20, 1919 Aged 22 years and 10 months
John T. Holtzmann Born December 26, 1854 Died May 22, 1899 Erected by Palmento Camp No. 2
Nicholas W. Larkin August 18, 1902 Aged 50 Years
Charles L. Raymond Born March 21, 1872 Died July 19, 1919 Eureka Camp No. 27 WOW
William A. Lashley 1861-1918 Acorn Camp No. 51 W.O.W.
Henry Lee Haas 1865-1909 Member of Palmento Camp No. 2 W.O.W.
Emma D. Fallon Died October 20, 1900 Aged 26 Years Erected by Rose Grove No. 5 WC (Woodmen Circle—Women’s Auxiliary to Woodmen of the World)
© 2010, copyright Linda Hughes Hiser


  1. I love WOW markers. Each one is like a work of art. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  2. Interesting finds. I never new these existed. It makes me want to get back out there and do more graveyard hunting. it's been a while.

  3. While burying a family yesterday, i walked over to my great grandfathers rick.i knew he had an unusual tree stump like memorial& i had asked my mother who will soon be 90 many times why he had that.she does not know. A friend cleaned off some rock & it revealed " modern woodman of the world" now I'm really curious He was born in 1854 & died in 1914..my plans are to find something to really clean this up. It is beautiful