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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.


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!

Memorializing Those Interred November 28, 2008

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If Tears Could Build A
Stairway, And Memories
A Lane, I’d Walk Right Up
To Heaven And Bring
You Home Again.

Memorial Stone in front of the burial location of R.E. Randy Miertschin, b. Mar. 22, 1930 d. Sept. 19, 1991.  This is a dual stone with his wife – who is still living. 


Memorial Bench next to the burial location of Ruma Mata b. 3-14-1963 d. 2-2-2008. 


There are also bricks placed around the head area with the name on each brick.  A lovely crucifix stands above the gravestone.


“If Love Could Have Saved You,
You Would Have Lived Forever.”

Stone next to the grave of Micah Beth Vaughn b. June 10, 1988 d. March 8, 2007 (age 16). The gravestone also has the inscription:


There is also a picture of the deceased on the gravestone.


All burials at Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Denton County, Texas.

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)

Head Stones and Foot Stones November 13, 2008

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roundgrove6The photo above was taken on November 1, 2008 while I was visiting and exploring Round Grove Cemetery in Lewisville, Texas.  This plot is owned by the Wolters family.  The head stone reads:

Herbert A.                                              Arnold R.
Sohn von                                               Sohn von
F.W. & T.W.                                            F.W. & T.W.
WOLTERS                                              WOLTERS
geb Jan. 18, 1907                                geb Sep. 23, 1905
gest Mai. 29,                                         gest Nov. 19,
1907                                                        1905


Der herr hat euch gegeben
Der han nahm euch dahin.

The head stone rests in the center of the plot and on either side are two stones for each boy.  One is the stone lying at the head and the other at the foot.


Head stone (above) and Foot stone (below) for Herbert.



Head stone (above) and Foot stone (below) for Arnold.


Notice that the Foot stones only have the initials instead of full names.


Close up of the marker.

All digital photos taken and owned by Wendy Littrell (Address for private use).

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.


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