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Renate Powdermaker – Tombstone Tuesday January 20, 2009

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Renate Daine Powdermaker
December 13, 1940
May 24, 2006
Loving mother, grandmother
and friend
Forever in our hearts

Renate Powdermaker, who along with her husband, Alan Powdermaker (an executive with Canada Dry), relocated to Flower Mound, Texas from the eastern seabord and started up the Circle “R” Ranch – located along FM 1171 in Flower Mound.  The “R” in the Ranch name is for Renate.  The couple divorced in 1997.

Having been born in Germany, she came to the United States in 1951 and graduated from FIT Fashion Institute of New York.   Renate spent the last few years of her life in Santa Fe, New Mexico and attended Cathedral Catholic Church.  She was survived by three children – David, Jill and Karin; and three grandchildren. 

Renate is buried at Round Grove Cemetery in Lewisville, Denton County, Texas.

Tombstone Tuesday – Silk January 6, 2009

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Minnie S. Silk                                               Wm Otho Silk
1905 – 1942                                                  1902 – 1974

Buried in Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Denton County, Texas.

After Minnie died, William married Jimmie Lee Miller in Denton County, Texas on March 18, 1967.  When William died in Dallas County, Texas, on Nov. 21, 1974 he was single.

The 1920 Census for Justice Precinct #3 in Tarrant County, Texas shows Otho (born Texas) living in the household of his parents, Frank L. (born Georgia) and Annie (born Alabama), at age 17.  Others in the household include his siblings: Floyd (21), Olga (8), and Charles (2 years and 8 months).

Digital Photo taken on November 1, 2008 by Wendy Littrell.  Digital Photo owned by Wendy Littrell (address for private use).

Here Lies Leslie C. Bingel December 17, 2008

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In this post I posted a photo of this grave stone.

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Leslie C. Bingel was born in New Jersey on December 31, 1897 to August Bingel (spelled Bengel on Leslie’s death certificate) and Hattie Cozzens.  He was a Bus Driver with the San Antonio Transit Company.  According to the coroner, Mr. Bingel died of acute myelogenous leukemia at 6:30 p.m. on January 20, 1944 at M&S Hospital, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.  His place of burial is listed as Roselawn Burial Park in San Antonio.  His wife, Malinda, was the informant of record.

So how did his gravestone (with the assumption that he is as well) end up at Round Grove Cemetery in Denton County, Texas?  Did his wife or children move to this area and decide that Leslie should be moved as well? 

Malinda Bingel (nee Nieman) apparently moved to the Denton County area sometime prior to her death on March 31, 1975.  She lived in Lewisville and had a connection with the Round Grove community.  Her sister, Hannah Uecker, had married into one of the founding families of Round Grove United Church.  Malinda died of acute heart failure at Brookhaven Nursing Home in Farmers Branch, Dallas County, Texas after being a patient for three months.  She was buried also at Round Grove Cemetery.

Mystery solved!

Tombstone Tuesday – Thiede December 9, 2008

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THIEDE
MOTHER                           FATHER
M.M. Thiede                   W.M. Thiede
Apr. 22, 1874                  Dec. 7, 1866
July 16, 1963                  Mar. 17, 1929
               Rest in Peace      He has gone from his dear
                    ones
                                     His children, His wife
                                             Whom he willingly toiled
                  for,
                                     And loved as his life.

Buried in Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Denton County, Texas.

Photographed by Wendy Littrell, Nov. 2, 2008
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Tombstone Tuesday – Phelps December 2, 2008

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pb010353Charles “Chuck” Phelps
Jan. 14, 1947                   Oct. 4, 2006
Loving Husband and Father
“Bad Moon Rising”

Interred at Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Denton County, Texas
Photographed by Wendy Littrell, Nov. 2, 2008
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Tombstone Tuesday – Gonzalez November 25, 2008

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Jacinto Gonzalez S.
Aug. 17, 1923
Aug. 12, 2006
Querido Esposo, Padre, Lito

Buried at Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Texas (Denton County)

Digital photo taken and owned by Wendy Littrell, (Address for private use)

Tombstone Tuesday – Dollgener November 11, 2008

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dollgenerstone1Gravestone for J. Dollgener and Auguste J. Dollgener at Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Texas.

Stone reads:

VATER
Hier Ruhet in Gott
J. DOLLGENER
1863 – 1929

Wir hoffen dasz dein Seelenfreund
Der ewig treue Hirt
Ders hier so wohl mit dir gemeint
Dich schoen empfangen wird.

MUTTER
Hier Ruhet in Gott
AUGUSTE J.
1863 – 1926
So left nun wohl ihr meine Lieben
Der Tod hat mich von euch vertrieben
Nach kurzen Trennungs schinerz
und Weinen Wird Christus
Wieder uns veremen

J. Dollgener’s inscription roughly translated:

FATHER
Here Rest in God
We hope that your soul friend
The forever loyal shepherd
That here so probably with you meant
You will nicely receive.

Auguste’s stone roughly translates:

MOTHER
Here Rest in God
So left now probably
you my love death have me of you driven out
after short separation
ski mink and wines
becomes Christ Unite again us.

The Dollgener’s were a founding family of the Round Grove United Church and the Round Grove German community.  The stone with the German inscriptions is in keeping with the German background of this family.

Round Grove Cemetery – Symbols November 6, 2008

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This gravestone at Round Grove Cemetery is for Arlene Irene Dorn who died just shy of two years old.  The lamb lying down on the stone symbolizes purity and innocence as well as denotes that this the deceased was a Christian.

Leslie C. Bingel was a member of the Amalgamated Associaton of Street, Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employees of America, Division No. 694.  According to Google Books this union was formed in 1892 in Indianapolis. In July 1964 it became the Amalgamated Transit Union.  The graphic on the stone symbolizes this union.

roundgrove3The Dove carved into this head stone for the Infant Daughter of Otto P. and Martha Duwe symbolizes purity and innocence of a child who died very young.  This infant was probably stillborn as no name is given on her stone.

roundgrove4Cruz Gonzales’ stone shows the Praying Hands in Sunlight.  The sunlight seems Heaven sent bathing the clasped hands.

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This stone has two distinct symbols – the Book which represents the Bible or the Book of Life – and the Gates of Heaven.  This woman’s husband’s stone has the same symbols.

Round Grove Cemetery – Old and New November 2, 2008

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Yesterday it was such a nice day so I went back to Round Grove Cemetery to see the acreage with new eyes and a new perspective.  My other visits there have either been to a graveside service or to photograph the cemetery for our church’s website.  This was my first time as a Charter member of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits.

I arrived after 2 p.m. (probably not a good time for photographing as there was quite a bit of shade and bright sunlight) and the weather was warm.  I started at the front of the cemetery just inside the gate and walked the path laid out in the center – usually reserved for the hearse to pass through.  I stopped at almost every grave to study the headstone or clear away some of the pine needles or leaves that had accumulated on the stones.  As I came to each family plot, I read the names of those buried there and looked for symbols on the headstone.  There were several infants, several men who had given service to their country, and many headstones with German inscriptions.

I took photos of large parts of the cemetery to show just how diverse it is.  The picture above has a nice sampling of the stones.  In the foreground, the cement ridge is actually a family plot.  There are many of these in Round Grove Cemetery.  Sometimes there is one headstone for one burial, one headstone for a married couple, or several headstones.  In the foreground and a little toward the center are the older stones.  Looking in the background top left, there are newer stones.  For me this symbolizes that Round Grove Cemetery is still in use as a burying ground today.  Not only is there diverse history and cultures – German, Hispanic, Central European and American names – but each gravestone is a tribute to someone’s loved one. 

I spent almost an hour wandering through the cemetery and as the sun beat down, discovered that even on November 1st in North Texas, mid-afternoon sun is still not forgiving!  There was some people who arrived while I was there to lay fresh flowers on the graves of their departed family members.  The next time I visit, I will try to do so mid-morning when photographing stones or the cemetery at large won’t be cast in shadows too much.

Part III – Symbols

Tombstone Tuesday – Round Grove Cemetery – Lunow October 28, 2008

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Gravestone for Minnie Evelyn (Smith) Lunow born in Lewisville, Texas on January 1, 1915 and died November 15, 2003.  Buried in Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Texas.  Wife of Herbert Lunow (still living).  Funeral held at Round Grove United Church.

Minnie Smith was the daughter of Jim and Ollie (McDaniel) Smith who came to Texas from Alabama.  She had her own hairdressing salon in Grapevine, Texas that she opened in 1946.  Minnie and Herbert were married in November 1934.  They bought a 105 acre farm in Flower Mound, Denton County, Texas.  The couple had two sons and five grandchildren. 

Minnie was very active in the life of Round Grove United Church.  She was a well respected member and was always dressed beautifully.  Minnie and Herbert were living with one of their sons in Houston when she passed away.

Source of Biographical Information: “Sweet Flower Mound Land”; Flower Mound Historical Commission; 2121 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound, Texas 75028.  Copyright 1996 Flower Mound Historical Commission.  Henington Publishing Company; Wolfe City, Texas.  Book from Lewisville Library, Call No. 976.4555 SWE.

Photograph by Wendy Littrell.  Original owned by Wendy Littrell (address for private use).