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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Colfax Cemetery 2013

My Mom and I visited the Colfax Cemetery last month and took pictures.
View From Colfax Cemetery

Shafer Grave Marker
(Not quite sure why Frank would pay for such a big marker for a family plot when its only himself, his wife and stillborn baby Gerald.)

Gerald Shafer's Grave Marker

Frank A & Margaretha Shafer's Grave Marker

William Grimm's Grave Marker
Ida Grimm Ramsey Grave Marker

Ervin Minard Evans Gravestone Front
On the Front says "Here rests a woodman of the world." It also says Dum Tacet Clamat which I entered into Google and found this:
Treestones are basically grave markers in the shape of a tree. Often they will look like tree stumps or logs. Some will have branches. They are usually associated with the Woodmen of the World, and their various associated groups, although using tree-shaped grave markers pre-dates the organization. The treestones of Woodmen will usually include their symbols, and they might be inscribed with “Dum Tacet Clamet” (“though silent he speaks”), or “here rests a Woodman of the World.” Trees, branches and leaves are common symbols of nature in cemeteries.

According to Douglas Keister’s Stories in Stone, treestones were derived from the Victorian rusticity movement, and at one time could be ordered from the Sears and Roebuck catalog.

And this:
The metal medalion from a gravestone in the Beth Israel Cemetery at Portland, Oregon, marks the grave of a member of the Woodman of the World Organization.

The organization was founded by Joseph Cullen Root.  “During a Sunday sermon in Lyons, Iowa, Root heard the pastor tell a parable about the good that came from woodmen clearing away the forest to build homes, communities, and security for their families. He adopted the term Woodmen.”
The influence of that sermon can also been seen in the metal marker above that has the symbols of the organization – axe, beetle (a sledge hammer or maul) and wedge – symbolizing industry, power and progress.  The Latin phrase DUM TACET CLAMAT which means “though silent, he speaks” adorns the medalion.

Root wanted to make sure that after the death of the breadwinner that the family would be protected through a death benefit payout, which was one of the goals of providing insurance to the members of the society.

Ervin Minard Evans Gravestone Back

Ervin Minard & Ida Grimm's Grave Markers

Ervin Minard & Ida Grimm & William Grimm's Grave Marker
William, Ida's Father's flat marker is on the middle right of the picture. Ervin of course is the tall log and Ida's is in front (the side of) Ervins marker.

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