Details for Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery (Atlas Number 5507013555)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507013555


Marker Number 13555
Atlas Number 5507013555
Marker Title Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Index Entry Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Address FM 1346, US 87
City La Vernia
County Wilson
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 582949
UTM Northing 3248488
Subject Codes cemetery; Lutheran denomination; German immigrants/immigration
Marker Year 2001
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location Fm 1346 N of int with US 87
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 24" x 16"
Marker Text This cemetery traces its beginnings to the formation of Immanuel Lutheran Church of La Vernia, which began in 1901. The congregation, mostly of German descent, soon found itself in need of a cemetery. In 1902, Gustav and Bertha Schroeder donated two acres of land to the church for that purpose. Members built a fence and held a formal dedication. The first burial was for Gabriele Hedwig Koepp, infant daughter of Franz and Augusta Koepp, in October 1902. Also buried here are early community and church leaders, and a number of military veterans from conflicts dating to World War I. The Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery Association began in 1980 and has remained active in maintaining and caring for the burial ground. The cemetery features German inscriptions, vertical stones and curbed plots. Enlarged with donations of additional land beginning in the 1960s, Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery remains an important link both to the history and the culture of this area. Historic Texas Cemetery - 2001