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According to some websites that analyze tombstone symbolism, a hammer can be a symbol of creation. However, based on the realistic carving of a modern hammer on Homer Woodburn’s grave marker, I’m going to guess that’s it’s more likely a representation of his profession. I am still trying to confirm that this passage in History of the Western Reserve refers to this Homer Woodburn. The passage refers to a contractor of that name who lived in Dayton, Ohio, in the early 20th century.


Tombstone for Homer M. Woodburn, with a hammer engraved between birth year 1869 and death year 1948

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