Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Taphophile Tragics #2

I found myself with a few hours to wander around the pioneer cemetery portion of Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City (USA).

I was curious as to the old fashioned headstones ... like the kind I've seen in the movies!

There were several of these concrete "Woodmen of the World" tree-shaped headstones ... They each had a plaque with the Woodmen logo, as well as the usual burial information.
(I was using my old camera, and the shots were quite blurry, so this information is not readable.)
(Thank you Julie and Gene - for the link regarding the Woodmen of the World. I was happy to read through their history!)

As I was leaving the cemetery, I came across this information sheet posted near the entrance to the cemetery. I wish I had seen it when I first went in! I totally missed finding "Josephine's Rose".

I guess that means I'll have to go back!
When I do go back, Julie, you can be sure I will do my best to find out about those 3 Australians!!!

Join us over at Julie's "Taphophile Tragics" - "... A warm touch upon cold hard stone ..."


  1. Three Civil War veterans were fron Australia! Hey, did I read that right? How very wierd. Why did they go sticking their beaks into a family feud in foreign climes?

    Now what is it with that 'order of Woodsman' marker? I do like the look of it, but did it refer specifically to the deceased, or was it just a nice looking marker one chose from a catalogue?

    A rose planted in 1853 and still growing is reason to return to Mountain View, in my books. And whilst you are there, track down the three Aussies, if you would, please.

    Yet again, a wonderful contribution to Taphophile Tragics, Clytie. I thank you most sincerely for it.

  2. Gene from Oakland provided a link that tells much about this Woodman symbol, Clytie. Paste this into your search engine


  3. Wonderful post, Clytie. The photo may be old, but it's very atmospheric. I love that we're all preserving history via this meme. I think I saw some "Woodmen" graves in Grand Junction, Colorado where there are virtually no trees. I'll have to look for my photos. I have no idea what it is.

  4. This is really cool. I have seen those woodsmen of the world gravestones before--they're magnificent. I also really liked that fact sheet. Wow!

    I think I want to visit there with you sometimes, Sissy. It sounds fascinating.