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Frank E. Darling
Born 11 March 1850 - Died 23 April 1878
Buried Live Oak Cemetery Division 2 Lot 155
Frank E. Darling was born on March 11, 1850, in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, to Sibel B Darling, age 21, and Calvin G Darling, age 24.
The following information was taken from The Times Argus and The Selma Times Friday April, 28, 1878
About 7:30pm on Tuesday evening last, a trestle on the Alabama and Chattanooga railroad; between Meridian, Mississippi and York, Alabama; gave way under the Alabama Central westward-bound mail train, the engine and tender going through, instantly killing engineer John Hewlett and fireman F.E. Darling. Mr Hewlett’s family, consisting of a wife and three children resided at Wilmington, NC. Mr Darling, who had a sister in New Hampshire, was unmarried.
The friends and acquaintances of Mr. F.E. Darling, are requested to attend his funeral from the Weaver House, this morning at 9 o’clock.
The members of Central Lodge, No 18, I.O.O.F., will assemble at their lodge room promptly at 8:30 this morning, to attend the funeral of Brother F.E. Darling.”
(IOOF = Independent Order of Odd Fellows)
Mr. Darling is buried in Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, AL.
Note the triple chain links on the top of the marker, a recurring symbol among Odd Fellows internationally, connoting the motto of "Friendship, Love and Truth".
IOOF – Who Are We?
AS AN ORGANIZATION, THE INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS AIMS TO PROVIDE A FRAMEWORK THAT PROMOTES PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT. FOR MEMBERS, THE DEGREES IN ODD FELLOWSHIP EMPHASIZE A LEAVING OF THE OLD LIFE AND THE START OF A BETTER ONE AND OF HELPING THOSE IN NEED. THE COMMAND OF THE IOOF IS TO“VISIT THE SICK, RELIEVE THE DISTRESSED, BURY THE DEAD AND EDUCATE THE ORPHAN.” SPECIFICALLY, IOOF MEMBERS TODAY ARE DEDICATED TO THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
To improve and elevate the character of mankind by promoting the principles of friendship, love, truth, faith, hope, charity and universal justice.
To help make the world a better place to live in, by aiding each other, the community, the less fortunate, the youth, the elderly, and the environment in every way possible.
To promote good will and harmony amongst peoples and nations through the principle of universal fraternity, holding the belief that all men and women regardless of race, nationality, religion, social status, gender, rank and station are brothers and sisters.