TULETA CEMETERY

 HISTORY

The Tuleta Cemetery was established September 22, 1908, with five acres purchased from William RAPP for $125.00. This fee was paid by S. B. OVERHOLT, C. C. SCHROCK and D. N. HAMILTON, trustees of the Tuleta Mennonite Church.

Tuleta was founded by a colony of Mennonites from Illinois in 1906, but it wasn't until 1908 that the need for a cemetery arose. The cemetery is for use of the people of Tuleta and their relatives, forever, and is recorded in Volume L-2, Page 392, Deed Records of Bee County, Texas. Dan TROY was clerk and M. L. DUGAT the deputy clerk in 1908.

The wife of the founder of Tuleta, Milinda UNZICKER, is buried in the cemetery. Milinda was the first white child born in what is now the state of Illinois. Her playmates were the Indian children, and one of their favorite games was to stand on two horses and race, chariot style. Milinda was very good at this but fell once, striking her head, and from that time she suffered severe headaches, moments of blackouts and memory loss until her death. Her head injury was never treated. She married the Rev. Peter UNZICKER and moved with him to Tuleta in 1905. They raised their family here.

The cemetery is located on the west side of US Highway 181 within a section of land belonging to the DIRKS-RAPP estate, and is laid out with four-foot aisles between each row of 10 by 10 lots. It has a section set aside for infants and small children. During the great flu epidemic in 1916-17 many succumbed, and also during the typhoid fever in 1911.

A map of the cemetery was drawn by David SAMSEL, a draftsman for Brown and Root of Houston. David, better known as "Sam", was later killed in Houston, and was buried in the southeast corner of the cemetery. The resting place he had chosen when he drew the map. The view across the meadows with the breeze blowing the grass like waves upon the sea and the birds singing in the trees, brought peace, quiet and tranquility to one's soul.

The cemetery was completely renovated in 1976. People in the community formed the Tuleta Improvement Program, and then the Tuleta Cemetery Association was formed. The brush, trees and grounds were cleared; new fences were built, broken tombstones mended; and the stones that had fallen over were cemented into place. Past officers of the Cemetery Association were: Grady CHANDLER, chairman, and Clinton BAGWELL, secretary-treasurer. Some of the members-at-large were: Bill DIRKS, Mrs. Juan CARRIZALES, Mrs. Maria Adagoberto PEREZ, Felipe PEREZ, Mr. and Mrs. Willie MARTINEZ, Sr., Willa and Chris CHANDLER, Roxanne DIAZ, Connie DENTON, Rev. Leo OLIVER, Mrs. Rosalie SEMAR and Mr. and Mrs. Bill THIEDE.

East Section
 

ADAMS, Gerald A., Feb. 22, 1958 - Feb. 25, 1980

ADAMS, Charles, 1900 - 1986

BECKNER, Carrie, wife of Charles E. BECKNER, Feb. 17, 1867 - Sep. 10, 1911

BONTRAGER, J. S., Mar. 6, 1908 - Sep. 1908 (sic), aged 27 yrs

CONWAY, James, 1845 - 1917 (served in Civil War)

FIELD, Edward H., Nov. 5, 1876 - Aug. 16, 1909

HOWELL, Lee Ann Adams (no dates)

JONES, J. Frank, 1916 - 1978 (US Army)

MILLER, Inf. dau. of James & Emma MILLER, born & died 9 Jan 1907

PUNDT, Ernest W. May 1, 1912 - Aug. 12, 1984 (double marker)

PUNDT, Julie H., Aug. 7, 1911 - Jul. 20, 1975

REEDY, Ezra, son of Susan & P. B. REEDY, died Nov. 7, 1908 (6 yrs, 6 mo's, 8 days)

ROECK, Bobby Joe, Nov. 19, 1930 - Aug. 28, 1982 (PFC, US Army, Korea)

ROTH, Ezra, Jan. 6, 1917 - Apr. 8, 1917

SAMSEL David H. "Sam", Jul. 5, 1952 - May 7, 1979

SCHROCK, Inf. dau. of Mr. & Mrs. J. F. SCHROCK (no dates)

SCHROCK, P. H. (Father), Nov. 28, 1844 - Nov. 19, 1916 (71 yrs, 11 mo's, 21 days)

SEMAR, Lloyd B., Aug. 31, 1922 - Mar. 20, 1981 (US Army)

SEMAR, Rosalie J., May 19, 1925 -

SHEERE, Pheona May, dau. of J. A. & M. A. SHEERE, Dec. 2, 1891 - Jun. 6, 1910

SWARTZENJUBER, Inf. son of J. M. & B. SWARTZENJUBER, born & died Feb. 11, 1911

SWARTZENJUBER, Abraham J. (Father), Jun. 2, 1860 - Aug. 16, 1909

TROYER, Sevella Hochstetler, wife of Levi D. TROYER, b. Holmes Co. OH, 17 Dec. 1845, d. 29 Sep 1916

UNZICKER, John Emerson, born & died 1911

UNZICKER, Baby Luzelle, dau. of Melvin & Lena UNZICKER, Apr. 2, 1908 - Jan. 13, 1909

UNZICKER, Milinda (Mother), Apr. 9, 1859 - Mar. 22, 1909

UNZICKER, Milinda Grace (Baby), died 1911 (children of John UNZICKER, typhoid fever)



There are many graves in this section of the cemetery which are unmarked. The temporary metal markers used by the funeral homes rusted away and were lost over the years.

West Section

 

BENITEZ, Mr. Jesus, 1902 - 1985

CARRISALES, Deonico, Apr. 8, 1907 - Jul. 6, 1948

CARRISALES, Juan, Dec. 28, 1891 - Nov. 8, 1927

CARRISALES, Nicolas, Dec. 6, 1896 - Aug. 1, 1929 (by wife Elisa C. ESPINOSA

CARRIZALES, Carlos, Nov. 4, 1872 - Dec. 14, 1919

CARRIZALES, Aurelia V., 1899 - 1932

CARRIZALES, D. Juan, 1849 - 1918

CARRIZALES, Juan, 1895 1978

CARRIZALES, Francisca Hernandes, Oct. 4, 1864 - 24 Dec 1924

CARRIZALES, Dianicio, Oct. 20, 1948 - May 6, 1970 (Sp4, 11 Armd Cav, Vietnam, PH)

CARRIZALES, Eugenia Garcia De, 1875 - Feb. 9, 1919

CASAVEZ, Maria Rita L., Mar. 19, 1893 - Aug. 27, 1925

CASTILLO, Dora V., Dec. 3, 1902 - Mar. 10, 1984

CUEVAS, Jason Greg, Oct. 9, 1975 (only date given)

DeHERNANDEZ, Manuelito Trevino, Aug. 28, 1916 - Sep. 17, 1918

DeHERNANDEZ, ("Sus Padres" A. TREVINO & M. EVIVIA)

DeLaROSA, Dolores (no dates given)

DeLaROSA, Elida, Mar. 18, 1934 - Jan. 20, 1940

DELGADO, Domitiln P., Mar. 15, 1908 - Dec. 14, 1946

DURAN, Natalia P., Dec. 1, 1914 -

DURAN, Adan P., Aug. 29, 1907 - Aug. 20, 1982 (double marker)

ESPINOZA, Juanita Z., Feb. 2, 1906- Aug. 8, 1959

ESTRADA, Maria, 1943 - 1979

GONZALES, Cayetano, Dec. 15, 1898 - Sep. 20, 1918

GUTIERREZ, Domingo, Nov. 16,1919 - Nov. 6, 1966 (SGT, Btry B, 7 AAA, TEX, WWII)

GUTIERREZ, Eugenio, Sr., Nov. 14, 1921 - Jan. 6, 1969 (SSGT, Co. H 32 ma., TEX, WW II, PH)

GUTIERREZ, Circumsicion N., Jan. 1, 1894 - Jul. 27, 1968

GUTIERREZ, Don Eugenio, 1854 - 1911

GUTIERREZ, Roberto V., Mar. 27, 1891 - Oct. 29, 1960

GUTIERREZ, Joseph, 1962 (only date given)

HERNANDEZ, Vicenta, Dec. 16, 1888 - Jan. 19, 1938

HERNANDEZ, Mrs. Barbarita C., 1854 -1966

HERNANDEZ, Gerardo G., Oct. 4, 1939 - Jan. 9, 1965

HERNANDEZ, Juanita C., Feb. 7, 1901 - Aug. 21, 1974 C. C., Aug. 10, 1898 (only date given)

HERNANDEZ, Cayetano C. "Tano" (Son), 1930 - 1980

MARTINEZ, VELA Magdalena P., Jul. 22, 1860 - Feb. 18, 1933

MARTINEZ, Francisco, Apr. 2, 1882 - Oct. 3, 1966

MARTINEZ, Eulogia C., Mar. 11, 1900 - May 26, 1973

MARTINEZ, Sylvestor C., Oct. 2, 1950 - Jun. 15, 1971 (Sp4, Co. D, Vietnam, PH)

MARTINEZ, Mrs. T. Z., 1875 - 1959

PEREZ, Maria B., 1915 ?

PEREZ, Portirio, Oct. 24, 1876 - Aug. 22, 1940

PEREZ, Rita Zuniga, May 22, 1876 - Nov. 1914

PEREZ, Felipe (no dates given)

PEREZ, Adagoberto Z., 1910 - 1981 (double marker)

PEREZ, Antonio, Jan. 6, 1884 - Jan. 20, 1958

PEREZ, Maria C., Jun. 17, 1908 - Sep. 16, 1975

RICO, Concepcion G., Jul. 4, 1902 - Jun. 10, 1950

RICO, Martins, Nov. 10, 1902 - Jul. 24, 1952

RICO, Eulalia, Dec. 14, 1933 - Nov. 27, 1943

RODRIGUEZ, Rocaslon, May 9, 1919 - May 30, 1933

SALAZAR, Emiterio, Mar. 3, 1881 Aug. 5, 1932

ZAPATA, (no other information)



(information furnished by a descendant of Peter UNZICKER)

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