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Near Midfield in Matagorda County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Midfield Cemetery

 
 
Midfield Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 11, 2021
1. Midfield Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

The community of Midfield developed at a location equidistant from El Campo, Palacios, Bay City and Ganado. In 1904, the community's post office opened, and ten years later, the town was a stop on the Texas & New Orleans Railroad. By that time, Midfield-area residents were using this site as a community burial ground.

Iva Nell Hale, born to William and Eva Bennett Hale in 1896, died from appendicitis on July 17, 1913, and was buried here. Her father talked to W.B. Gaumer, land agent and president of the Midfield State Bank, about the need for a community cemetery, and Gaumer formally deeded this site as a graveyard in August 1916. It has remained in community use since then.

As Midfield's population waned in the latter part of the 20th century, area residents organized an association to maintain the burial ground. The group held its first organizational meeting in 1980, and it continues to care for the site. Members also maintain records on those buried here - individuals who in large and small ways contributed to Midfield's history.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2004
 
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2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13489.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical date for this entry is July 17, 1913.
 
Location. 28° 56.77′ N, 96° 12.577′ W. Marker is near Midfield, Texas, in Matagorda County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 71 and County Highway 443 on State Highway 71. The marker is located at the Midfield Cemetery near the pavilion. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midfield TX 77458, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Midfield Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away); Deming’s Bridge Community (approx. 3.7 miles away); Hawley Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); William Walter “Pudge” Heffelfinger (approx. 3.8 miles away); Old Hawley Cemetery (approx. 4½ miles away); Blessing Library Association (approx. 5.2 miles away); Masonic Lodge #411 (approx. 5.2 miles away); Blessing State Bank (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Midfield Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 11, 2021
2. Midfield Cemetery and Marker
The view of the Midfield Cemetery, Pavilion and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 11, 2021
3. The view of the Midfield Cemetery, Pavilion and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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