Date Original



Collection contains two letters regarding contributions and past due accounts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Woodmen of the World (WOW), a fraternal organization with open membership in the United States, was founded in Omaha, Neb., by Joseph Cullen Root on June 6, 1890. Its primary objectives were to provide life insurance protection and a decent burial for all members. Early Woodmen certificates provided for a death and a monument benefit. Gravestones were originally furnished to members free of charge and later were offered only to those who purchased a $100 rider to their certificates. This benefit stopped in the 1920s. Mrs. Martha E. Martin of Warren, was a beneficiary of the local lodge's benevolence. Married to Benjamin Wilson Martin on May 12, 1847, she was born on February 15, 1829 and died on December 12, 1913. They had 10 children and were prominent citizens of Warren. William Stuart Finch, lived in Union and Bradley counties during his lifetime. He was born about 1831 in New York, and married his first wife Rebecca R. Terrell, in 1862. He ran a Confederate supply steamer during the Civil War with his brother-in-law. After Rebecca's death in 1882, he married Sarah (Sallie) Jane Everett in 1884. Finch died July 19, 1907.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area






Resource Type



Locust Grove Camp No. 76 WOW correspondence, SMC.036.020


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Locust Grove Camp No. 76 WOW correspondence, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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