Tree-stump Tombstones They are in the shape of a lifelike tree which is carved out of limestone or marble. This one is for : T. J. Harrington, Jr. Birth: Mar. 4, 1888 - Death: Jun. 12, 1913 = age 25
This type of tombstone first appeared in the 1870's and was popular for about 60 years. The tree-stump design represents the person died young, maybe leaving no descendants. Branches are also seen to be cut-off close to the stump. The tree stump can also be trimmed with flowers or ivy.
Note: The Woodmen of the World also have tombstones similar to these, but they will have their club name on them. When I first learned about the tombstones, I saw one in NC. But, then, all I saw were the WofW ones. I believe the one above must represent the first version. Note, also, that the photo beside it is the family plot with 2 baby boy graves with little stumps. There is a girl baby on each side (I only got the shadow of one -- the sun was bright).