Oak Dale Cemetery

Oak Dale Cemetery (HM1KVA)

Location: Stephenville, TX 76401 Erath County
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N 32° 17.175', W 98° 14.848'

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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 to the Civil War.

Historic Texas Cemetery - 2004
Marker Number13203
Year Placed2004
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 570859 N 3572413
Decimal Degrees32.28625000, -98.24746667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 17.175', W 98° 14.848'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 17' 10.5" N, 98° 14' 50.88" W
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Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9771 TX-108, Stephenville TX 76401, US
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