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A fond farewell
By Virgil Russell
I have enjoyed being president of the Floresville Cemeteries Restoration Association for the past year.
Unfortunately, I must resign this responsibility effective May 31 for personal reasons, as I announced at the last city council meeting. Following are up-to-date reports on each cemetery:
•Much progress has been made on the City Cemetery. The most obvious to me are the flags on veterans’ graves, and the flowers, both artificial and real. I urge each of you to put flowers on your father’s grave on this Father’s Day, June 17.
In the future, this cemetery should have the fence completed, roads should be paved, and someone should get those gophers out. The oak trees especially need to be serviced by a professional and clean out the undesirable trees and bushes. Also, I would like to see the outside completely landscaped between the main gate and the post office.
•The African-American cemetery on Plum Street (City Cemetery No. 2) needs a complete workover, including repair of the chain-link fence. The city is responsible for the fences and supplying a source of water. Volunteers should be responsible for the beautification and restoration.
•The Canary Islanders Cemetery needs the same as the Plum Street cemetery. It is located behind O’Reilly’s Auto Parts on U.S. 181. On this same location is the John Caraway Cemetery. African-American slaves are buried under the concrete pad on the northwest side.
•The Garza Valadez Cemetery is located on North Business 181. The lack of maintenance there is the same as the above-mentioned cemeteries, needing lots of attention.
•The Trial Brothers Cemetery is located behind a fence on the corner of Second and Block streets. It is a small cemetery for the Trial family. It is my understanding that the family would like to depend on the city for maintenance. This is an issue that needs following.
•The De La Cerda Cemetery is on Peach Street next to the river. It is about 20 yards wide and 100 yards deep, ending at the river bank. At the present time, the weeds and grass are about 3 feet to 4 feet high.
It would be great if some people who may have ancestors buried there would get serious about the problems.
•The Walker Cemetery is behind the south end of H-E-B. There are a few graves of the Walker family. If you view the cemetery from the Seventh Street side, you will see the tall weeds and grass. A neighbor there told me that she has asked the city for help.
City council meetings are the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. It takes a lot of patience and persistence, but all these cemeteries deserve to be properly maintained.
I have come to appreciate these cemeteries as sacred places, and I hope to pass on this appreciation to those who might carry on the efforts of the Floresville Cemeteries Restoration Association.
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