Category Archives: Metal Markers

B.P.O.E.

The Benevolent Protective Order of Elks metal markers come in many sizes and shapes.  The metal markers above include the two most significant symbols for the Elks Club members–the Elk, of course, and the clock with the hands frozen at the 11:00 … Continue reading

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Eagles

The Fraternal Order of Eagles metal grave markers come in many shapes and forms, including the one above found at the Fairview Cemetery at Galion, Ohio.  The marker contains the letters F O E representing the words Fraternal Order of Eagles … Continue reading

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The Masonic Emblem

The metal marker from the Trinity Church graveyard at New York marks the grave of a Mason.  It is the metal reproduction of what is perhaps the most recognizable emblem of the Freemasons, the square and two compasses.  In this … Continue reading

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The Square and the Compasses

The metal marker from the Forest Home Cemetery at Forest Park, Illinois, marks the grave of a Mason.  It is the metal reproduction of what is perhaps the most recognizable emblem of the Freemasons, the square and two compasses.  In … Continue reading

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Royal Neighbors of America

“For better is a neighbor that is near than a brother that is far.” Proverbs 27:10 Marie Kirkland of Council Bluffs, Iowa, placed an add in her local paper, the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, to bring together a meeting of the … Continue reading

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The Loyal Order of Moose

The Loyal Order of Moose was founded in a doctor’s living room in Louisville, Kentucky, in the spring of 1888.  Dr. John Henry Wilson organized the order as a place for men to get together to socialize.  By the early … Continue reading

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Veteran of the Cross

Some of the lowest paid professionals of the Twentieth Century were men and women of the cloth who served congregations across the country.  Pastors work long hours, stay up with families in joyous times and some of the most trying … Continue reading

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Knights of Pythias

In 1864, the Knights of Pythias was founded by Justus H. Rathbone, making it the very first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an Act of the United States Congress.  The society is based on the Greek story of friendship from 400 … Continue reading

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Dum Tacet Clamat

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 … Continue reading

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Horseback Evangelism

The metal marker affixed to the gravestone shows a minister riding a horse.  The image is an appropriate one, especially for the Methodist clergy.  While many denominations had circuit riding ministers during the settlement of the Frontier, no single church … Continue reading

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