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I was visiting in Austin, Texas last week. In Sunday's paper, I saw a photo
that gave me a start. It was a (partial) picture of a handmade tombstone.
The words I could read were:
Maggie L. LaGrone
Born Sept. 19, 1 (the next number was cut off; it might have been an 8),
unable to read the other two numbers.
I will post the article below (sans photo). The reporter's name is at the
bottom. If you are interested, you might want to write her and ask her to
check w/the paper's photographer. He/she might have a shot on his roll of
the entire tombstone and could get you all the data.
I don't know if this list accepts attachments; if so, I can scan the
newspaper photo a send it to the list.
Glenna Kinard (Columbia, SC)
Cemetery is a target
Officer aims to protect graves, deter vandals and prostitutes.
By Monica Polanco
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Fiskville Cemetery at times has been littered with paint buckets, spare
parts and condoms.
Motorists who thought the road leading to the cemetery was a shortcut have
damaged headstones in their attempts to reach their destinations faster.
Late night visitors have intentionally defaced the headstones, some dating
back to the 19th century. Prostitutes sometimes have had sex there.
"I would hate to go visit a relative of mine and find a used condom on the
ground," said Larry Biegert, an Austin police officer who is working with
several city agencies to end the illegal activity at the Northeast Austin
After some work, the litter has been carted away, and the street now has a
sign warning people that there's no outlet.
Biegert hopes to install a gate at the entrance to Fiskville Cemetery Road,
which intersects East Rundberg Lane. The narrow road runs for about a
quarter of a mile before stopping at the cemetery, giving way to a secluded
spot. Ideally, the gate would keep out people with illegal intentions but
allow legitimate gravesite visitors and city and rescue workers, Biegert
So far this year, police have been called to Fiskville Cemetery Road four
times because of complaints about suspicious people. Last year, officers
were dispatched to the cemetery 32 times, mostly for suspicious person and
Biegert, who is juggling the project with other duties, said he has to get
approval from city agencies such as the watershed protection,
transportation, and street and bridge departments, which need access to the
road to provide services. Still, he hopes the plan will work.
If everything goes according to plan, Biegert will have extra help from a
corps of Dobie Middle School students. Anita Alexander, the school's head
counselor, is hoping to enlist students in a gardening and maintenance
project that will include the cemetery and adjoining Gus Garcia Park, which
is still undeveloped.
Alexander, who considers herself a history buff, plans to ask the cemetery's
caretaker for approval.
Alexander recently met Biegert, who told her about his project. Vandalism is
her main concern. She considers the cemetery an unexposed gem, home to
plants living undisturbed in their native habitat and other wildlife, such
as the egret, a long-necked gray bird.
"I'm behind him 100 percent because you really need to preserve it,"
Alexander said. "If it were closed and you had to walk, you would hesitate
to be carrying part of a fence or a gate or a tombstone."
This isn't the first time people have tried to alleviate the cemetery's
problems. A few years ago, a neighborhood association north of Rundberg Lane
tried to build a gate along Fiskville Cemetery Road, but that idea was nixed
by the then-owner of the Sunchase Condominiums, which abut the cemetery,
Biegert said. The complex's current management is cooperating, he said.
The cemetery's caretaker could not be reached for comment, but police said
she is in favor of adding the gate.
A resident who said she supported the plan declined to give her name for
fear of retaliation from vandals.
About 1,140 people, including slaves and landowners, are buried at the
5-acre cemetery, records show.
Jesse F. Burditt, who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto, was buried there
in 1855. His descendents held various positions in Travis County, including
sheriff, tax collector and county commissioner, according to the Texas
Historical Commission. Vandals opened some of the graves in 1975, according
to clippings from the American-Statesman.
Glenda Black, a retired teacher who lives in Austin, has applied for a
historical designation for the cemetery. Black said Burditt was her
great-great-great grandfather. She learned about Biegert's plan recently and
said she supports him.
Gene Sanders has at least 26 relatives buried at the cemetery. He visits
about once a month to help maintain it. He said he supports Biegert's plan
as long as people can still visit.
"I've seen so many things happen out in that cemetery for the last 30
years," said Sanders, 52, of Kyle. "Broken headstones -- they'll take them
and pile them up in a corner, take a hammer and beat the dates up."
The vandalism has decreased over the years, but Sanders hadn't heard about
the prostitutes until recently.
"I think you could find other places that are little more secluded without
the problems," he said.
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Surnames: LAGRONE; TATE; ARNOLD; HARRISON; GLASS; MACLAMORE
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We are in need of proofs of lineage for Verna Lagrone, daughter of Charles Bascomb Lagrone and Alice Victoria Tate. Then we need to connect Verna and her parents to Maude Alma Lagrone who married Harry Grimm Arnold who had a daughter name of Alma Mae [or May] Arnold. [Alma married James Harrison.] If I have my notes correct, Charles Lagrone and Maude Alma Lagrone should connect as brother and sister or first cousins--since both are the grandchildren of George Michael Lagrone and Martha E. Glass. Can anyone share any documents of proof for these people. My friend, Mary Alice Harrison Maclamore is trying to join DAR under her Aunt Verna's lineage back to Adam Lagrone who served in the Revolutionary War. If you can help us prove her heritage it would be much appreciated and we will gladly repay for any copies or fax that you can supply. DAR has become very striengent on the articles of proof to join this society. Please contact Cajungal3342(a)aol.com if you can help. Thanks