From US 77, turn north onto FM 2095; go 4.1 miles
and turn left at cemetery sign; follow road past
mobile home and thru gate; go straight (do not
take left turn) for 0.2 miles to cemetery
Pin Oak Cemetery will get historical marker
Rockdale Reporter April 15, 2010
GAUSE—Dedication of an historical
marker for Pin Oak Cemetery is set
for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the
cemetery site, according to
Elaine Baumann, president
of the Pin Oak Cemetery Association.
Pin Oak Cemetery will be awarded historic
cemetery designation by the Texas
Speaker will be Jackie Thornton,
chair of the marker committee for the
Milam County Historical Commission.
The name for the cemetery comes from
the name of the settlement, which was named for trees found in the area. The first
burials recorded here are Charlie Shafer and James D. Faubion in 1861.
The earliest birth recorded is that of W.S. Needham in 1814, the oldest occupant may be
Jerry Watson at 94. Ten Confederate soldiers are buried in this cemetery.
The cemetery is located off CR 2095 four miles west of Gause.
Ceremony held for cemetery marker unveiling
By WANDA LEE - Reporter correspondent
Rockdale Reporter - April 29, 2010
The weather was beautiful Saturday afternoon for the Pin Oak Cemetery historical marker
dedication. The sponsor for the event was the Milam County Historical Commission.
Elaine Shafer Baumann served as mistress of ceremonies and Geri Burnett, co-chair, gave
Posting of the colors was a member of the Cameron VFW Post 2010. The pledge to the
flag was led by members of the Gause 4-H Club, followed by the National Anthem, sung by
Kelly Lee-Cooper. Don Wyatt gave the invocation and the speaker was Jackie Thornton,
historical marker chair.
Baumann gave the acknowledgements and closing remarks,
followed by the unveiling of the marker by Watson Hubert Shafer, Walter W. “Bud”
Williams, Alvin Wyatt and Steve Wyatt. Marvin Young gave the benediction and a
recording of Taps was played.
Following the program, refreshments were served and a number of people took the time to
stroll through the cemetery viewing the grave stones with some being very old and
reading names of some they had known. As I viewed the graves of Beulah Fay and Clyde
Williams, I remember when I was a little girl and our family visited in their home. The
thing I remember the most was when it came time for a meal they would go outside, kill
a chicken or two and there was the main course for the meal, plus all the many other
good foods she prepared.