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"Woodmen of the World, Welty", photography by Jim Davenport [jimjanie@fone.net].

From the Evergreen Cemetery, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, summer of 1997.

About the monument:

"This tombstone is in the Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of my hobbies is photographing the Woodmen of the World (and associated fraternal societies) tombstones, mostly in Colorado by where ever I can locate them. Some information on this one: The husband, Alonzo WELTY (on the left) was a member of Woodmen of the World, and his wife Luella J. WELTY (on the right) belonged to the auxiliary Women of Woodcraft. They were both seriously injured in a horse and buggy accident in Cripple Creek about Oct 17, 1900 and both eventually died as a result of their severe injuries. They were both buried at Colorado Springs on 12-1-1900.

Some info on the monument: It is made of brown limestone and is 8 feet tall, 4 feet across the front and 2 feet thick. It was carved from a single piece of stone and as you can see there is great detail. You can see the seal of the Women of Woodcraft on the right hand tree trunk and the indicia for Woodmen of the World, an Axe, a Maul, and a Wedge in front of the left tree trunk. There is a dove just below the T in Welty."

- Jim Davenport

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