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My photo today comes from Oakwood Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.
Wm Northcott-Oakwood Cemetery

William Allen Northcott was Head Consul of the Modern Woodmen of America from 1890-1903.  Find-a-Grave lists this information: “Greenville Advocate. William A. Northcott, son of Robert S. Northcott was born Jan. 28, 1854 at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His first wife was Julia Agnes Dressor, who died in 1881, to this union was born one son Nathaniel Dressor Northcott of Huntington, West Virgina and he survives. He then married Ada R. Stoutzenburg and they had a daughter Mrs. Amy Alpaugh who survives with one grandaughter of Springfield. William died Jan. 25 1917 at Excelsior Springs. His burial was at Oak Ridge, Springfield, Illinois. The memorial was erected by the Modern Woodmen of America of which Northcott was Head Consul from 1890 to 1903. It is aptly inscribed “Statesman, Patriot, and Fraternalist.” The inscription “He Was as Friendly as a Wayside Well” appears on the back of the bench.”

Carol Robertson White also has added this photo to the Find-a-Grave listing: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Political Graveyard site also lists this information about him: William Allen Northcott (1854-1917) — also known as William A. Northcott — of Greenville, Bond County, Ill.; Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill. Born in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tenn., January 28, 1854. Republican. Lawyer; Bond County State’s Attorney, 1882-92; Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 1897-1905; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1904; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Illinois, 1905-14; president, Inter-Ocean Casualty Co. Episcopalian. Member, Modern Woodmen of America; Odd Fellows; Elks; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons. Died January 25, 1917 (age 62 years, 363 days). Interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.