A Resplendent Place of Rest

Recently, I recall seeing a story in my local paper, the Taylor Press, about Mager Cemetery, sitting on a fine piece of land along F.M. 1466 in the Beyersville area, a few miles east of the village of Coupland.  Coupland members of Hermann Sons Lodge, the Press story told us, had placed American flags on the 55 graves here to honor Flag Day (June 14).   Last weekend, I was reminded of Mager Cemetery when a new friend suggested it would be a fine addition to my photo collection.   I’m glad I took her advice, and happy to see the flags still there.  We also like flags on July 4th, don’t we?    Mager Cemetery is steeped in German heritage.   Reinhold Mager, a German immigrant, donated an acre of his 150 acre farm for a cemetery, as well as a school.  The school is gone, but the cemetery remains in this resplendent setting, nestled under live oak trees, surrounded by pastureland.  The first burial here was 1900.   Reinhold Mager died in 1930.  His wife, Franziska, lived until 1951, the last burial here.  Some inscriptions on markers are in German.   The cemetery is well-maintained.  In 2001 a Texas State Historical Marker was placed on the site.  Just another little slice of Texas, folks.

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