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Who’s Who in the Blanco Cemetery
Part 7 in a series
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 • Posted April 1, 2011

Sections A1 and A2 are the last sections in the A strip. It’s worth a trip to the cemetery to see some of the beautifully marked graves and to read the tributes on the headstones. One can begin to feel the historical importance of the people buried there; people who paved the way for us to enjoy civilization as we know it today. The "old" part of the cemetery has numerous unmarked graves and headstones that can no longer be readily discerned. What stories these "unknowns" as well as the "knowns" could tell! They remind us that we will join them one of these days. What will our story be?

Located on the back row of A2 are the graves of Archerlene Harpe (1904-1988), Benjamin H. Harpe (1905-1993), an unreadable tombstone, and a grave outlined in rock that has no tombstone.

The row coming forward has John A. Waxler (1807-1892), Caroline Waxler (died April 9, 1904 at the age of 73 years, 11 months, and 9 days), Marjorie Oakes Waxler (1936-1996), and J.S. Abbott (a handmade tombstone with no dates on it).

The front row of this section includes Otellia G. Page (1898-1981), Lisle C. Page (1898-1990), Joseph Clinton Robinson (1935-1986), Cynthia Ann Robinson (1923-1989), Alta M. Wilson (1909-1991), Nancy S. Weaner (1933-1994), and Norman J. Weaner (1929-2009).

Section A1 is bordered in front by Loop 165. There are very few graves in this section. Herbert Lee Weeks (1952-1994), Darrell J. Smith (Infant-April 30, 1961), Edgar F. Jackson (1888-1905), Reuben A. McRae (1875-1892), Infant son of J.L. and M.E. Robbins (no date), unknown grave, Charlie L. Harrison (1879-1901), John M. Smith (1844-1895), and Granville McPherson (1826-1887. According to his tombstone, he was the first Masonic Grand Master of Indian Territory (Oklahoma) 1874-75-76).

This brings us to the northwest corner of the cemetery where the large flag pole is located. The flagpole was dedicated on March 2, 2009. It was dedicated "In memory of Dorsey L Smith Sr. 1909-2009 on the 100th anniversary of his birth. All of his life in Blanco, Texas. By Dorsey L. Smith Jr."

Just a little closer to the corner is a large monument with "Blanco Cemetery Established 1856" engraved on the front. The names of Charles Whitworth, Lee Whitworth, Claude Cage Atkins, and Rebecca Atkins are engraved on the back with the message that this monument is "to honor our loved ones who rest here."

If you have stories or family connections that you would like to place in a public file, please send them to: Gail Moore McClellan, Vice President, Cemetery Committee, P.O. Box 640, Blanco, TX 78606 or gail_mcclellan@yahoo.com.

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