— By BRIAN SMITH
NORTHERN PARKER COUNTY — Clark Cemetery received its historical marker from the Texas State Historical Commission during a Saturday afternoon ceremony.
About 150 friends, family and officials came out for the unveiling of the marker. Texas Historical Commissioner Bob Shepard said having the THC medallion and marker at the cemetery along Friendship Road is an example of honoring the pioneer spirit that is so prevalent around Parker County. Many early immigrants and settlers to Parker County are buried in the cemetery.
“Having the Texas Historical Commission Historical Cemetery designation brings back memories of the heritage and the preservation of the history of Parker County,” Shepard said.
Shepard said the hard work of the Clark Cemetery Association Board was important during the whole process. Parker County Historical Commission President Harold Lawrence said application writer and board trustee Kimberly (Woody) Boretsky did an exemplary job in writing the application and “put a lot of thought into it.”
Dwight Cumming, grandson of area resident Jessie Margaret McAnnally Cumming, said his grandmother, who died in 1984 at the age of 94, frequently spoke of meeting with early pioneers in the area and that taking care of the Clark Cemetery was of utmost importance.
Cumming said his grandmother purchased the cemetery gates out of her own pocket. He was told about 10 years ago that his grandmother touched many lives with her work at the cemetery and hoped the marker and the cemetery itself would do so as well.
Jean (McAnally) Morris, the great-grandniece of the pastor of Godfrey Chapel Methodist Church, one of the earliest churches in the county, said she has had family in the area since the 1850s. Morris, 92, said she remembered attending services in the church in a covered wagon.
Before unveiling the marker, Morris said she was very proud of the cemetery, its marker and everything they stood for.
State and local officials presented proclamations honoring the day. Parker County Judge Mark Riley said honoring historical sites around the area is important to the future of the county.
“It’s important for all of us to share the heritage of the county and the towns in the county to everyone, especially our children and grandchildren,” Riley said.