Details for Chesterville Cemetery (Atlas Number 5481012840)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5481012840

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Marker Number 12840
Atlas Number 5481012840
Marker Title Chesterville Cemetery
Index Entry Chesterville Cemetery
Address CR 262
City Egypt
County Wharton
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 771510
UTM Northing 3278022
Subject Codes graveyards
Marker Year 2001
Designations
Marker Location Go from Egypt to: From Eagle Lake take Hwy 90a-East to FM 1093; go east for 9 miles to the FM 2764 sign; OR from Wallis take Hwy 36 to FM 1093 West for 10 miles to the FM 2764 sign; from the FM 2764 sign go south across railroad tracks 100 ft. then a quick zig-zag SE on Colorado Co. road 2/10 of a mile, continue on Wharton Co. Road 262 one quarter mile to the Chesterville Cemetery.
Marker Size HTC marker
Marker Text Chesterville Cemetery Land promoter John Linderholm, manager of the Southern Texas Colonization Company of Chicago, purchased more than 60,000 acres for development in Wharton and Colorado Counties beginning in 1894. The Chesterville Community was an outgrowth of this effort. It is named after the Nelson Chester family who, along with the Lafayette Kellison family, moved here from Illinois about1895. Alvina Chester (1875-1971) was the town's first postmistress, and William Chester (1869-1945) developed the area and looked after local Linderholm interests. He was a partner in the Chester-Kellison General Store and also served a term as postmaster. In 1897, in response to the land promotions, Peter Anderson (1857-1942) settled nearby with his wife, Augusta (1864-1915), their children and his parents. When Peter's father, Andrew (1818-1898), passed away in March, 1898, John Linderholm set aside this parcel of land adjacent to the Anderson property for a burial ground. Robert B. Wallace deeded the land to the Chesterville Cemetery Association in 1909; reoganized in 1961, the group still oversees affairs of this site that chronicles families that settled and developed this former prairie land. Historic Texas Cemetery-2001