A Thought for Cemeteries with Confederate Decorations
While I do not take a position on grave decorations, if a cemetery/organization that you are associated with puts out Confederate flags or other decorations on CSA veteran graves, you might want to remove those items for the forseeable future. Public statues are the most vandalized items, but highly visible decorations in a cemetery may promote vandalization of gravestones and markers. In Texas, Section 28.03 (a)(3) and (f) and Section 28.08 (a) and (d) of the Texas State Penal Code provide that an offense involving graffiti on a place of human burial is a state jail felony. As well, Section 28.03(f) of the Texas Penal Code, Criminal Mischief, provides that an offense involving damage or destruction inflicted on a human burial site is a state jail felony. If damage occurs, please contact you local law enforcement and file a report to document the incident.
Texas Gravestone Conservation performs conservation (repair) services for gravestones and other cemetery stonework. Whether they’re called “gravestones”, “tombstones”, or “monuments”, Texas Gravestone Conservation can repair, conserve, and preserve them. TGC performs cleaning, leveling/resetting, repair to broken and fallen markers, and other cemetery related services, including repairs from storm damage and vandalism. I will also serve as an assessor for vandalism and accident damages in legal cases involving cemetery markers.
TGC is located in Brenham, TX and will serve clients who are mainly in a 150-mile radius of Washington County, including Houston, Galveston, El Campo, Victoira, Goliad, Seguin, New Braunfels, Austin, Georgetown, Temple, College Station, and Livingston. TGC will conserve a single gravestone or an entire cemetery; contact me with any questions and look at the different pages for more information.
Also, I am the sole proprietor of TGC, certificated by the International Preservation Studies Center in Mount Carroll, IL, and I do all of the work myself.
P. O. Box 1266
Brenham, TX 77834-1266
Phone: 979-836-7715 (leave a message if I'm not there)
Would you like to help ensure that a gravestone in need of conservation receives it? I selected a stone at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham that was "adopted" and saved. The cost of the work reflected my discounting labor costs. I will soon post another stone for which I can find no living relations and that is in danger.
David Lasch was the youngest of four children born to Louis and Susie Lasch. His mother died in 1900, and in the 1910 census, David was living with his grandparents. One sister had a child, who died in 1997 (without an heir) and the other two did not have any children. His father died in October of 1929. Sadly, David Lasch was killed in France only about a month before the end of World War I.
This stone is in very good shape, and all it needs is a cleaning.
Cost to clean: $40
Donations rec'd as of March 13, 2017 $40
Thank you to the four individuals who donated to re-set and clean this stone! I am especially thankful for the couple who sent the last donation for $175 to complete the funding. The monument should be safe for another 130 years.
While walking the grounds of the Masonic Cemetery in Brenham, this tablet stone was found partially buried with the inscription facing upward. I checked The Cemetery Records of Washington County book and it was not in the inventory made in 1969. I also probed around the stone about 30 feet in all directions searching for its base, but found none.
While using the Portal to Texas digitized newspapers, I searched, using the name on the stone, and came up with this interesting bit in the December 11, 1884 Brenham newspaper:
This article was found in the Brenham paper of February 25, 1893--some nine years later!
The only other clue as to this family is that the father does appear in an 1883 city directory of Topeka, KS; he is listed as an 'entertainer'. His wife's name was not listed, and I can find no census records for them (which is not surprising since they seemed to be rather "footloose" in nature.
Fortunately, several weeks ago (and after the cemetery was mowed closely, the footstone and the broken socket base were located. They were about 75 feet from where the stone was found, and I suppose that the stone may have been moved when the cemetery was cleaned about twenty years ago.
The broken base cannot be salvaged to hold the stone, so a new one will be made of white limestone. The socket for the stone will be hand-cut and the footstone will be consolidated and re-set as well.
The amount to conserve this child's stone is $110, which is the cost for a finished block identical in size to the original one and transport from the quarry shop to Brenham. I am not charging anything for my time to carve the socket, mortar in the stone and repair the footstone.
If you'd like to contribute, you can either "round up" the amount on an invoice I've sent to you, or you can contact me and we'll work something out. I know that this is an economically challenging time, and I don't expect that this will be done overnight, but every little bit counts.
As of May 1, 2020, I am only taking on stonework/re-setting jobs of three stones or fewer, but will do cleaning of larger numbers of stones.
If you have a question, send me an email and photos and I can advise you.
If you'd like more information, contact me at (979) 347-0534 (mobile),
(979) 836-7715 (home), email@example.com
or browse my website.