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Stephenville in Erath County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Oak Dale Cemetery

Oak Dale Cemetery Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, July 2, 2014
1. Oak Dale Cemetery Texas Historical Marker
Inscription.  Founders of Oak Dale community began arriving in 1867. They included: John R. Pickard; George Lidia, who became Pickard's son-in-law; the Rev. James M. Johnson, a Methodist minister; and William Jasper Mefferd. These men and their families, including Johnson's four sons, harvested timber along the Bosque River to build cabins and began farming the land. Samuel Johnson chose Oak Dale as the settlement's name for the abundance of the trees in the area.

By 1868, the wives of both John Pickard and James Johnson were interred here on Pickard's land; the graves are now unmarked. The first marked burial is that of two-day-old Ruth Ann Johnson (d. 1877).

Local residents established Oak Dale School, which consolidated with Stephenville in 1951. There were also a Baptist church and a Methodist church until the mid-20th century, when they likewise moved to the county seat.

Today, Oak Dale Cemetery is a link to the early settlement, which began to decline in population during the Great Depression and World War II. It is the final resting place of generations of area residents, including military veterans of conflicts dating
Oak Dale Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, July 2, 2014
2. Oak Dale Cemetery and Marker
to the Civil War.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2004

Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13203.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 32° 17.175′ N, 98° 14.848′ W. Marker is in Stephenville, Texas, in Erath County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 108 and County Route 456, on the left when traveling north on State Highway 108. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stephenville TX 76401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of George Bernhard Erath (approx. 5.3 miles away); Erath Arches (approx. 5.3 miles away); Morgan Mill Tabernacle (approx. 8.4 miles away); Daniel Roberts Thornton and Mary Anna (Garland) Thornton (approx. 8˝ miles away); Wesley Chapel Cemetery (approx. 12 miles away); Dublin National Bank (approx. 15 miles away); William T. Miller Grist Mill (approx. 15 miles away); Dr Pepper Texas (approx. 15 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stephenville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2015, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 30, 2015, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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