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Welcome to Week #14 of Taphophile Tragics on this blog!   I’m sorry again about missing last week, but now, I’m back on track, so I’m hoping people will visit and share their links.

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This week I’m sharing a photo from Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

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This says: William A. Northcott.  Head consul of Modern Woodsmen of America 1890-1903.  Statesman, patriot, fraternalist.  He was as friendly as a wayside well. Born January 18, 1854;  Died January 25, 1917.  Erected by that society in grateful appreciation of his illustrious services for society.

So what’s the Modern Woodsmen of America and who was William Northcott?   According to the Oak Ridge Cemetery, “Born in Tennessee in 1854, William Northcott attended the United States Naval Academy and then studied law.  He was Lieutenant-Governor of Illinois and U.S. District Attorney for Southern Illinois.  His memorial was erected by the Modern Woodmen of America and is inscribed, “Statesman, Patriot, and Fraternalist.” ”     The Modern Woodmen of America still exist, although, interestingly, as I found in a Wikipedia article, “Though having had the same founder, it is not affiliated with the society, Woodmen of the World.”

William Northcott is listed in a book, “Progressive Americans of the Twentieth Century” – which shows that he, among other accomplishments, was twice elected head consul of the Modern Woodmen, and was also elected lieutenant governor of Illinois in 1896.