Saturday, August 13, 2011

A tent in the graveyard

The carvings on the marker at the grave of Lewis Oppenheimer (d. 1871) identify Mr. Oppenheimer as a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Feb. 5, 1871
Aged 42 y’s
6 Mo 25 d’s

The three-link chain, often with the letters F L T (as on this gravestone), is represents the organization’s core values and interconnectivity: Friendship, Love, Truth.

The tent and shephard’s hooks (normally crossed) are symbols for the Odd Fellows Encampment, a higher branch within the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

The Sovereign Grand Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows,

Glendale Cemetery, Morrow County, Ohio


  1. I never knew about such symbolism. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Judge Isaac Parker (of Ft. Smith, AR / "True Grit" fame) was an Oddfellow, but outside of one book on gravestone symbols, this is the only other reference to them that I've seen. Thanks for posting!


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