Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo and story with us all.
You continue to be a wealth of wonderful and fascinating
information. I am sure I am not alone in saying that I look with
anticipation each day for new messages and new wonderful stories
from you. Isn't the Fayetteville Cemetery a wonderful old
cemetery? Like many others on the list, I have relatives buried
there. I have spent many hours walking through the cemetery,
looking at the markers, and trying to get a mental photograph of
those buried there, relatives or not. I, too have taken many photos
of the markers there. Thanks again for sharing.
--- In TexasCzechs@yahoogroups.com
, "Susan Rektorik Henley"
> Hello again, included with this message you should find a photo of
a grave plot at the Fayetteville City Cemetery. The obelisk markers
are for Marie and Frantisek Baca. The graves are in a curbed and
graveled plot. What I found so fascinating is that the feathery
growth in front of the graves is actual asparagus...not the
asparagus fern but real asparagus. I first saw this at the Lutheran
Church cemetery in Frielsburg but have since found it in numerous
other folk cemeteries.
> Again, asparagus is an adapt ion for a current time and place of
an age-old concept--rebirth and eternal life. Evergreen plants such
as the asparagus fern and cedar are traditionally used as symbols of
life eternal. Flowering bulbs that die and then are "rebirth" each
spring also serve this purpose. And, apparently does true asparagus.
The asparagus sprouts (spears) come up through the ground (and here
the gravel) and open into the feathery growth of the plant. They
will die back and then in the spring sprout again.
> The city cemetery at Fayetteville also has some incredibly ancient
Crepe myrtles so old that the thin branches have grown together in
> The Lutheran Cemetery at Frielsburg evidences a different cultural
background than most of the Texas Czech-Moravian cemeteries. There
one sees many large (and now very old) whelk shells mounded on
graves and placed near markers. These shells usually represent the