Thursday, April 7, 2011

Woodmen Circle



I have to say I am sad to see we our time this week to look at old Christoval, Texas pictures is quickly coming to an end. I have enjoyed these pictures the last few weeks, and hope that one day I can find more good pictures of the area. Today's picture shows a group shot, around a banner that reads, "Christoval Grove No. 806 Woodmen Circle." For a group called WoodMEN their sure appears to be a lot of women in the picture. I am not sure what type of organization this was, and not sure what a "grove" is.

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  1. Possibly some more info:

    West of .SHERMAN, m., the WOODMEN CIRCLE HOME (open},
    is at 2.1 m. .(R). It was founded by the women's auxiliary of the
    Woodmen of the World for aged women and the children of members
    of the organization.

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  2. A grove is just a small patch of trees. We use that term up here in ND all the time.
    Generally a grove of trees is planted next to a farmstead and a lot of times has fruit trees in it.

    Yes, all good things must come to and end.

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  3. I love seeing their fashion. Their hairstyles and long skirts. I can't imagine doing household chores while wearing long skirts.

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  4. Feom a google search:

    In 1883, a man by the name of Joseph Cullen Root organized a fraternal society in Omaha, Nebraska, called "Modern Woodmen of America". One of the benefits of being a member was that upon death, the other members would pass around a hat and donate money to the widow. Membership was limited to white males older than 18 years of age. Later when passing around the hat became more frequent and costly, Root decided to sell life insurance to members. Modern Woodmen of America became a fraternal benefit society

    The Name: In fact, it came from a church sermon founder Joseph Cullen Root heard as he was trying to choose a name for the fraternal benefit society he planned to organize. As he sat listening to the minister talk about "the work of the pioneer woodmen clearing away the forest," it occurred to him that this was a fitting analogy for the task of eliminating a man's financial burdens in the event of his death. Thus, Root chose Modern Woodmen for the name of his new benefit society. The phrase of America was added later to signify the group's patriotism

    Later, a women's auxiliary started up called "Royal Neighbors of America. Both the male and female organizations grew steadily and in five years, Modern Woodmen had a total membership of twenty-four thousand.

    In 1899, several members had a "falling out" with the leaders of the society, and separated to form a new society under the leadership of Fred A. Falkenburg, and named it "Woodmen of the World". Shortly after, tensions were high in the new organization, and Falkenburg moved to Denver to form, "Woodmen of the World, Pacific Jurisdiction". Today, the three societies remain as insurance companies. Woodmen of the World created women's auxiliaries called "Woodmen Circle" and "Supreme Forest Woodmen", while the Pacific Jurisdiction created an auxiliary called, "Neighbors of Woodcraft", which still exists as an insurance company in Portland, Oregon.

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  5. WHat a touching photograph. THe ladies look dignified and, dare I say, like ladies should look.
    NOwadays some of them look as if they either belong working on the docks or the alleyways--I dont get it!
    Since holy week is fast approaching us, how about featuring a week of famous Evangelical preachers?

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  6. Guys, I am starting to delete Anonymous comments when they are critical of other commenters. If you want to criticize, use your name of some sort of nickname.

    No anonymous drive by shootings.
    PJM

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  7. Well said, Mean Old Man. I'm really surprised at the way people dress on airplanes now. I watched a program the other day and this guy was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and was ON TV, no less. Very nice picture.

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  8. Thanks Jan for gathereing that information, thats what I love about this site, ya learn something new everyday. Great picture. I did notice all the ladies had the same hair style. It's like a poofy bun thing. I especially like the young lady in the front holding the baby. I vote for old time Baseball pics. for next weeks theme.

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  9. That guy has quite a few wives PJM.

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  10. I'm sure people smiled back then, right? Look at the back row 2nd lady from the left. I think she is making a conscience effort to scowl.

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  11. A very interesting picture. So serious!! And an apparently well behaved baby as well. :)

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  12. I was a member of Boys of Woodcraft. My father was a member of the Woodmen.I remember going on camp outs on the river for the weekend. We would hike and swim and play games and cook out.The boys would even do military style formation marching.
    My memory is a little hazy as that was about sixty something years ago.
    There is still a Woodman lodge here where I live today. It is a faternal organization that offers life insurance.

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  13. Is the second person in front the right, in the back row, a member of the clergy, or a lady with a high white collar?

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  14. Some of the more interesting tombstones I've seen belong to the Woodmen of the World. Some of them are shaped like stumps or logs with the branches cut off.

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  15. I visit old cemeteries every chance I get. The old markers and dates on them are interesting. Recently, I have seen some of "citizens of the Republic of Texas". A lot of history there. Many headstones are unique, even homemade. The iron fences around some graves are wonderful photo compositions. I see the Woodsmen markers often.

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  16. Rarely am I able to identify the photos (except for easy ones like Babe Ruth), but I did know who the Woodmen were. A couple of years ago I bought one of their magazines from the 1930s at an antique mall.

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  17. Top left Mr and Mrs Robert Wesley Rogers. Mrs Rogers is to the right of R. W. They are buried in the Christoval Grave Yard. Mrs Rogers is out of the N. P. Fulcher Family of Brady Texas

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