Heritage, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 1996 Page: 17
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A delicately sculpted angel with clasped hands
marks the grave of the son of Parker County
pioneers Robert Bruce Milliken and Julia Barthold
Milliken. The boy died in 1906 at the age of six. A
number of Milliken and Barthold descendants live
in the Weatherford area.
A Texas Centennial marker designates
the grave of Samuel Redgate, the last survivor
of Stephen F. Austin's "Original
Three Hundred" who began the Anglo
settlement of Texas in 1822. He was born
in England in 1800. The marker also records
his wife's capture by Indians and the subsequent
Oliver Loving's grave also has a historical
marker. This cowboy, with his friend
and partner Charles Goodnight, blazed
the famous Loving-Goodnight trail through
West Texas to sell cattle to army forts in
what is now New Mexico and Colorado.
On one of his trips, he was wounded by
Indians inNew Mexico territory. Knowing
his wounds were terminal, he requested
that his body be transported to Weatherford
for burial. This story was romanticized by
Larry McMurtry in his novel and subsequent
movie, "Lonesome Dove".
Another character fictionalized in
McMurtry's story was in real life Bose Ikard,
a Negro cowboy who was the trusted deputy
of Charles Goodnight. Ikard regularly carried
profits from the cattle sales back to
Weatherford because no one would suspect
that a black man would be trusted
with a white man's money. On his grave in
the Weatherford cemetery, also marked
with a Texas Historical plaque, Goodnight
placed an inscription praising Ikard for his
bravery and loyalty. This epitaph was
quoted word-for-word in McMurtry's
Many of the graves in the Weatherford
cemetery commemorate local pioneer fami
lies, and several have local folklore associated
with them. One such stone is the one for
Charley W. Byron who died in 1905. It seems
Byron was an Englishman who came to Fort
Worth as a clown in the circus. While in Fort
Worth he became a born-again Christian
and left his life as a clown to become a
traveling preacher in North Texas. He is
credited with writing the song "Diamond in
Although Henry W. Lane is not particularly
well known, his tall cast-iron monument
is. The common tale is that during
Prohibition a certain Parker County bootlegger
would deposit whiskey inside his hollow
iron monument for his customers, who
would remove the liquor and leave their
money in its place. How ironic that this
monument is inscribed, "He died as he lived,
a pure upright man."
Texas governor from 1902-1906, S.W.T.
Lanham was the last Confederate veteran to
hold the state's highest office. He gained
national prominence as the prosecuting attorney
of Indian chiefs Satanta and Big Tree
at Jacksboro in July 1871. Their capture by
General Sherman and subsequent conviction
effectively ended the Indian raids in
North Texas. As governor, Lanham worked
to institute laws for social justice, especially
in the area of child labor, and promoted state
fiscal responsibility. Before assuming the governorship,
he served ten years as a U.S.
representative beginning in 1882. His grave,
along with other members of his family including
son Fritz who was a congressman
himself for 24 years, is found in the old city
cemetery. The Governor's imposing residence
on South Alamo boasts a Texas
Reverend Willis Pickard, founder and
preacher for the A.M.E. Methodist church
in Weatherford that dates to just after the
Civil War, died in May of 1908. He was
thought to be 108 years old at his death.
No one was sure when he was born, but
because he could remember things that
happened so far back, people estimated he
was 108. His classic monument indicates
his popular standing in the community.
J.R. Couts, a leading Weatherford pioneer,
came back alone from California with
$50,000 in gold and started Citizens Bank,
one of the oldest lending institutions west
of Dallas. He and his wife boast twin monuments,
the tallest in the cemetery.
Probably one of the most well-known
people buried at City Greenwood is Broadway
and film star Mary Martin. A native
of Weatherford, she and her husband producer
Richard Halliday, are both buried
in the Martin family plot. Another celebrity
is Douglas Chandor, internationally
known portrait artist who was born in
England. He was commissioned to paint
Queen Elizabeth II's coronation portrait
and also painted many other notables
around the world including Winston
Churchill, Franklin and Eleanor
Roosevelt, and Emily Post. Several of his
works are exhibited at the Smithsonian in
Because of the many notable people
buried in the City Greenwood Cemetery,
application for an Official Texas Historical
Marker was made by the Parker County
Historical Commission in March of 1996.
Funding for Phase Two of the project is
currently underway. Tax deductible donations
may be made to Cemetery Fencing,
Parker County Heritage Society, P.O.
Box 97, Weatherford, Texas 76086. The
group hopes to complete both phases of
the project by September 1996. When the
area is secured with fences, lighting, and
gates, restoration and repair of the headstones
and monuments will begin.
Alice Henry, a member of the Parker County
Heritage Society, is a writer in Weatherford.
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