Commemorative Plaques & Flagholders
Foresters of America
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|Foresters of America is a possible organization that this may represent and the woodland theme in the center would reinforce this. The Ancient Order of Foresters in America was formed in 1889 when it broke from the Ancient Order of Foresters. Knights of Sherwood Forest were a subset of this. In 1895 the name was changed to Foresters of America, but is now probably extinct. There are many other groups that were formed from the early Ancient Order of Foresters including the Independent Order of Foresters now headquartered in Canada and which functions as an insurance organization. If you have more specific information, please let me know. If you can confirm or refute this identification of the marker, please contact me. Preceding the Ancient Order of Foresters was the Royal Order of Foresters founded in 1813. A schism in 1843 gave rise to the Ancient Order of Foresters. (Axelrod, Pages 88-89)|
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In answering a reference request for a woman in California, about letters and a slogan found on an ancestor's gravestone, we consulted your site. I noted that you were somewhat sepculative on the identity of the cast metal markers with the eagle, crossed flags, and slogan.
As a result of the research for our reference request, we have determined that you are correct; the marker does represent the Foresters of America.
One item which help us decide was a series of applications for a now-defunct chapter in Illinois. A Jpg image of a smaple application depicts the same logo as the markers pictured at your site, on a form with the name of the organization. Here is the link to that image:
Thank you for posting the cemetery information. It was helpful to us, and I sure it will be to many researchers.
Gary R. Toms
|`||Subj: Re: Foresters of America Photos Attached
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 7:25:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time
I recently acquired a badge for the Foresters of America and ran
across your web site. I wonder if you have any information
on it. As the photos show, it is from California. "Sutro
Heights" was/is located in San Francisco, Calif. I'm guessing
that "No. 136" is the lodge number. The back has a presentation
date of Oct. 8, 1896.
Do you have any information about this badge or the Foresters of America's California branch? Would appreciate any help you might be able to give me.
..........I hope these email address are still good.
These are some copied newspaper articles about my Great Grandfather Edward Whitson...
Healdsburg Tribune April 4, 1918 P.2-2
FORESTERS ELECT DELEGATES
Ed Whitson and Albert Bloch have been chosen as delegates to the Grand Court, by Sotoyome Court of Healds-burg, Foresters of America. D. A. Bane and Leu Richardson were chosen as alternates. The Grand Court will meet in Santa Cruz ear y in May.
Healdsburg Tribune May 10, 1917 P.3-2
CHOSEN DELEGATE TO MAINE
At the session of the
Grand Court of Foresters in Sacramento last week,
Ed Whitson of healdsburg was elect-ed
as delegate from California to at-
tend the session of the Supreme Court of the order, which will be held in Portland, Maine, in August. This is a distinct honor to Mr. Whitson, and is in recognition of the service he has been to the order during a membership of a great many years. Four years ago Mr. Whitson was sent as a delegate to the session of the Supreme Court in Maryland. Rus-sell Wright of Santa Rosa is alternate for Mr. Whitson.
The delegates from Healdsburg to the Grand Court in Sacramento, John Paul and Ed Whitson, made report of their visit at a meeting of the local
court of Foresters last night.
Healdsburg Enterprise July 10, 1915 P.1-5
APPOINTED DEPUTY GRAND CHIEF RANGER OF FORESTERS
Ed Whitson, of this
city and J. P.Andreassen, of
Santa Rosa, have been appointed
Deputy Grand Chief Rangers of Foresters of
the Chief Ranger of the order. Mr. Whitson is very active and energetic in the order and his appointment is peculiarly fitting as well as merited
The Sotoyome Scimitar April 27, 1909 P.1-3
E. Whitson and C. H.
Wilson will leave next Monday to
attend the grand Court Session of the Foresters of
America. There will
hundred delegates in attendance representing twenty thousand members in California. The grand Court offers two hundred dollars for first prize on degree team work, and Court Star of Woodland offers a silver loving cup. Second prize one hundred and twenty five dollars. The session will last about one week.
I was hoping that this organization was still in operation somewhere. I am on the net now for this reason. I thought since my GGrandfa. was so big, there might be pictures of him somewhere...... He died before I was born in 1933, the Foresters participated in his funeral. Edward Whitson 1862-1933 Thanks, Ed. email@example.com
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