Saturday, February 28, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found

Lost: Brown and white female Boxer, "Baylie," sweet dog, last seen in La Vernia by the elementary. If seen call 210-459-1796.
Found: Small male dog, white with brown spots, on FM 775, Feb. 10. Call 830-393-0429.

VideoLost: Help us find our cat Sour Patch, she has the typical Siamese markings, shaved belly from just being fixed, had a pink/diamond collar. Call/text, 830-534-2606.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Caraway Ford in Nixon is looking to hire a Ford certified diesel Tech, great pay and benefits! Give Kevin a call today 830-582-2511. 
The Floresville Independent School District is accepting applications for Grounds Maintenance Worker. Terms of employment: 260 days, 5 days per week, 8-hour workday per year; hours may be modified based on changes in mission requirements. Primary purpose: To help maintain the physical school plant in a condition of operating excellence so that full educational use of it may be made at all times. Education/Certification: License requirements, Texas Motor Vehicle Operators License, Structural Pest Control Board Technician Pesticide License. Special Knowledge/Skills: 1. Good knowledge of the operation, trouble shooting, repair and maintenance of ground maintenance equipment. 2. Must demonstrate good mathematical calculation skills and reading comprehension skills. 3. Good knowledge of safety precautions to avoid injury to himself and other. Experience: Prior lawn care experience or grounds maintenance experience in an educational institution or environment. Interested applicants will need to apply online at www.FISD.us.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Wilson County History


Historic finds down on the farm


Historic finds down on the farm
COURTESY PHOTO George Alston of the Nockenut community displays a gravestone and Spanish Colonial-era cannonball he found on his farm.


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
The author of this entry is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
August 24, 2010
2,835 views
2 comments

George Alston owns a farm in the Nockenut community near Stockdale. In 1975, he uncovered on his farm what appears to be a gravestone, he told local historian Shirley Grammer. The stone bears the year “1796” and an inscription.

“As best as we can determine, [the inscription] is ‘Here lies A. Richoll,’” Grammer said.

About five years later, George found a 10-pound cannonball about a quarter of a mile from the gravestone. He had it assessed by a group of professionals who specialize in identifying artifacts and visit the Seguin coliseum periodically. They dated the ball to the 1780-1830 Spanish Colonial era. There is a slight flat surface on one side; this was the point of impact, the professionals told George.

George bought the old Alston homestead in 1969. He retired from Southwestern Bell in 1976 and moved to the farm. His grandparents, Phillip and Mary Jane Morris Barnes Alston, were the previous landowners.

Mary Jane was a widow living in the community of Wrightsboro when she met Phillip. They bought the 350-acre ranch in 1881. Both are interred in the old Nockenut Cemetery.

George’s great-grandfather was a Confederate soldier. Some of the Alston family history is compiled in a booklet at the Alamo Library in San Antonio.
 
‹ Previous Blog Entry
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Alvin Charmaine  
August 24, 2010 2:39pm
 
Kinda surprised he hasn't dug up the body since he doesn't appear to have a problem driving around with the headstone in the back of his suv.

 
Lois Wauson  
Floresville, TX  
August 24, 2010 1:54pm
 
This so interesting! A lot of history is in Wilson County. I would love to interview Mr. Alston some day. I bet he has some interesting stories about his family.

Share your comment or opinion on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?
Wilson County History logo/header
Wilson County History WC Historical Society
Wilson County History LV Hist Assoc
Wilson County History LABEL books
Wilson County History BOOK centennial
Wilson County History BOOK historical markers
Wilson County History BOOK 44th reunion brigade
Wilson County History sesquicentennial purchase
Wilson County History sesqui book preview online
Wilson County History LABEL history links
Wilson County History wheeler research-bio/links
Wilson County History wheeler graves
Wilson County History LINK judges reception
Wilson County History LINK findagrave.com
Wilson County History LINK Sesqui events
Voncille Bielefeld homeEast Central Driving SchoolSacred Heart SchoolAllstate & McBride RealtyDrama KidsWilson's Auto ChooserTriple R DC ExpertsChester WilsonHeavenly Touch home

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.