Sunday, August 9, 2009

Russell Cemetery Dedicated

On August 1 the Atascosa County Historical Commission held a ceremony to honor the Russell family. They are buried in a tiny cemetery in the middle of a pasture on the Jacob Ranch. Dr.Norman Jacob and his son Dr.Mark Jacob restored the cemetery, with the help of ranch manager Darrell Hickey and ranch worker Ray Ybarra.

The event was held at 9:00 a.m., to beat the heat, and under the many huge Live Oaks. It was a pleasant morning, with a constant cool breeze. At least 25 people from the area came, including Diana Bautista, our county judge, Diane Gonzales, our county clerk and Lonnie Gillespie, county commissioner for that precinct. Junior historians in attendance were, Elias Krueger from San Antonio and Juaquin Zuniga from Pleasanton. The invocation and benediction were said by Reverend Joe Berkley from the Poteet United Methodist Church, who commented that, being from the city, he never thought he'd be praying in the middle of a Texas ranch with cows wandering all around. Norman Porter, Sr., Chairman of the historical commission simply replied, "just watch where you step".

Dr. Norman Jacob seemed pleased with the event, saying, "I'm surprised that so many people have taken such an interest in the project".

photo taken by Elias Krueger

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