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Modern Woodmen of America

These Flagholders of the Modern Woodmen of America were found in Maine and Vermont. These are the only two examples I found as they are not common. Both include the tools of the Woodsman, the axe, mall and wedge. They also each include the five stars. The example on the left is in a shield and placed on a background that probably represents the globe as it does in other examples. See the Maccabees.
Note from a site guest: FYI, the MWA is actually the Modern Woodmen of America, founded by Joseph Cullen Root in 1883 in Lyons, Iowa. Root was a Mason, a Knight of Pythias, an Odd Fellow and a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He had a fight with the order's head physician and broke off to form the Woodmen of the World in 1890.

Both orders are still around today.

Denis McGowan
Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus
Historian- Ancient Order of Hibernians

Dear Joyce,
     What a wonderful site!  Thank you for your work and also for sharing.
     I suspect that the Modern Woodmen of America shield placed on a plaque "probably representing the globe" is in fact placed on a "slice" of a tree as it is what the end of a log would look like.  If it were the globe the sections would all be even and regular.  If you look at the circumference you will see it is formed to look like wood bark.  Rings are even placed to count the years of growth.
Subj:  Cemetery markers
Date:  11/17/2002 8:11:05 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: (Frank Passic)

Dear Joyce: His, this is Frank Passic, Albion, Michigan historian. I was able to spend more time on your site and will be submitting more stuff for you in the months to come as I have time to photograph graves in the cold this late fall as I prepare for my cemetery tour in October 2003. It takes me several months to put together a cemetery tour. The theme will be the various markers and emblems and fraternal organizations on gravesites.
  Anyway, the Modern Woodmen of America historian is Gail Levis, 1701 1stAvenue, P. O. Box 2005, Rock Island, Illinois 61204-2005. She has LOTS of historical information about the group, and some brief information about its sister organization, the Royal Neighbors of America, which used to be part of the MWA but became independent in 1929.  The Royal Neighbors address is 230 16th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201, and their historian's name is Joann Walker.
  Gail has a booklet prepared which is called "A guide Genealogical Research," which has a several pages "Name and Status changes of Fraternal Benefit Societies," which has the names of all these organizations, their headquarters city, their dates of existence or when they were merged with omething else, etc. You really should get a copy of this; it will help your site and help you sort out letters and markers, etc. I suggest you e-mail her and request a copy. Also, have her look at the MWA page you have and ask if she has any suggestions, etc.
  The MWA marker you have photographed apparently is from the 1930s. The ones in our cemetery are from the 1910s with a similar but different metal
content and look, etc. I'll send you a photo when my film is developed (I always carry a running roll in my camera).
  I write a weekly column in our local newspaper, and these articles are published on the website. Another "unusual" topic I have research is our local cement sidewalk contractors who have their names and dates put in the sidewalks, dating back to 1901.
  Best wishes, Frank Passic, Albion Historian.


I hope you are still at the same e-mail address.  We were in Kewanee 
Illinois city cemetery and Catholic cemetery yesterday and ran across 
this plaque on a stone.  Since I had no idea what it stood for, I 
Googled MWA plaque and ran across your website.  I am attaching a 
picture - of course it needs to be cleaned up and re-photographed to be 
of any quality, but it does represent a new location and a different 
variety of plaque.  I am hard-pressed at the present time to know when 
it was placed there, but will be able to find out the burial date for 
Mr. Davis with a bit of research.

Hoping to hear from you.
We live in Iowa
Marilynn Kirkpatrick - May 2008

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