Category Archives: Metal Markers

Improved Order of the Red Men

The metal marker found in the Ancient Cemetery at Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, marks the grave of a member of the Improved Order of Red Men (I.O.R.M.), which claims its beginnings with the patriots who were in the Sons of Liberty … Continue reading

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From Monumental to Simplicity

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I. O. O. F.) is a fraternal organization that formed in England in the 1700s as a service organization. The American association was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819. According to the I.O.O.F. … Continue reading

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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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