jnpbuck at aol.com (JNPBUCK) writes:
> Has anyone out there heard of a fraternal organization called the Woodsmen of
>the World? As far as I know, its like some sort of Elks club or the
>Freemasons...but for foresters or loggers. I've seen several cemetary
>headstones in the shape of tree trunks with some inscription about Woodsmen of
>the World or IOOF (I think this stands for International Order of Foresters).
>I've searched the Web to no avail. Any information or anecdotal stories would
I think IOOF is "International Order of Odd Fellows", a fraternal
order. There is an IOOF retirement home here in Portland Oregon,
as well as a couple of lodges. I've also seen IOOF initials on
old buildings, with a symbol of three links in a chain.
I've also heard something to the effect that the headstone in the
form of a tree trunk is meant to symbolize a life 'cut down'
before it's time. These were sort of popular around the last turn
of the century.
Another popular tree symbol from that time was a willow tree, meant
to symbolize a new life rising from the old, ie, rebirth.
William Hunt, Portland Oregon USA wjh at teleport.com