Category Archives: Metal Markers

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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Improved Order of Redmen

The metal marker above marks the grave of a member of the Improved Order of Redmen, which claims its beginnings with the patriots who were in the Sons of Liberty during the American Revolution.  The society models itself after the … Continue reading

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Military Order of the Cootie

The Military Order of the Cootie (MOC) is the Honor Degree from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The origin of the order dates back to the Spanish American War and the Imperial Order of the Dragon.  Founded in 1920 … Continue reading

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War Mothers

During World War I also called the Great War and the War to End All Wars two American organizations were founded by mothers of soldiers–The American War Mothers and The Gold Star Mothers.  The American War Mothers was founded September 29, … Continue reading

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P.O.S. of A.

  The Patriotic Sons of America (P.O.S. Of A.) In 1847, Dr. Reynell Coates founded the Patriotic Sons of America as an organization to promote the ideals upon which America was created and to pay honor and duty to the … Continue reading

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United Daughters of the Confederacy

Just as the women of the North had founded an organization to honor the service of their soldiers, so did the women of the South.  Any female 16 years of age or older who can document direct lineal or collateral … Continue reading

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The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War

 The National organization of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865 (DUV) was founded May 30, 1885 by Olive Howard, Harriet Knapp, Eva Merwin, Frank Merwin, and Bertha Martin.  On June 3, 1885, the first … Continue reading

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