By Sherry Frisk, Historic Preservation Committee Member
The College Station Cemetery on Texas Avenue is more than a graveyard; it is a beautiful memorial park honoring the history and rich heritage of the citizens of College Station.
The cemetery was established in 1948 and is the final resting place of five original College Station City Council members – John Binney, Letcher Gabbard, Luther Jones, Ernest Langford, and George Wilcox), along with many other civic leaders.
Other prominent people among the 4,000 interred there include four university presidents (Frank Bolton, Gibb Gilchrist, Marion Harrington, and Earl Rudder), more than 800 military soldiers, Texas A&M faculty members, and many others who shaped the vibrant community we enjoy today.
The public is invited to celebrate the officially designated Historic Texas Cemetery’s 75th anniversary with the dedication of a state historical marker at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8. The event features music by an A&M Singing Cadets ensemble, a joint city and county proclamation, and a brief history highlighting the names memorialized on the marker:
- Linda Francis Varvel, infant
- Luke Patranella, beloved resident
- Gen. Earl Rudder, A&M president and WWII hero
- Ernest K. Langford, Mayor for 24 years
- Joseph Orr, City council member, and surveyor
- Manning Smith, A&M football and basketball coach, recreation leader
- Eli Whiteley, Medal of Honor recipient
- Gussie Wilborn, humanitarian award recipient
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to honor our forebears and celebrate the College Station Cemetery’s designation as a Historic Texas Cemetery.
About the Blogger
Guest blogger Sherry Frisk grew up in College Station and knew many early families buried in the College Station Cemetery. She chairs the Historic Preservation Committee’s cemetery project and serves on the Brazos County Historical Commission’s cemetery committee.