Galynn Fogle stands at the front gate of the Rosanky Cemetery.
The Rosanky Cemetery to be acknowledged with a historical marker
Just west of Texas State Highway 304 on FM 535, below thick, towering pine trees, is the meticulously manicured Rosanky Cemetery. Galynn Fogle, manager of the Rosanky Cemetery Association, contacted the Bastrop County Historical Commission (BCHC) to ask for help in securing a historical marker to acknowledge its history.
In January, 2018, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) designated the Rosanky Cemetery as a Historic Texas Cemetery. Its first known burial was that of Katy Schubert, an infant who was born and died in 1908. Unmarked graves may date back to earlier times. Today there are about 125 gravesites.
The land for the cemetery was originally owned by George Meuth and Mary Eichorn Meuth. George Meuth's son, Andy Meuth, and his brother-in-law, August Grohman, husband of Andy Meuth's sister, Catherine, each committed that one acre of the land would be used as a cemetery. The cemetery came about formally in 1938 when Walter C. Grohman, son of August Grohman and Catherine Meuth Grohman, officially deeded a one-acre tract of land to the public for a cemetery.
Fogle said, “An official Texas Historical Marker would provide important historical information regarding the early settlers of the Rosanky community. Military veterans from the Rosanky area are also buried here. A marker would help to educate both young and old about the history of the Rosanky community and would help to foster an appreciation for military veterans' dedication and service to their community and country.”
She added, “Headstones in the Rosanky Cemetery reflect familiar names in the community – Behrens, Darnell, Echols, Meuth, Ringer, Stall, Ross, Schubert and Wendt. Many with these same surnames, having family ties by marriage or blood, currently live in the area.”
According to the THC, cemeteries are among the most valuable of historic resources. They are reminders of various settlement patterns – rural communities, urban centers and ghost towns. Cemeteries can reveal information about historic events, religions, lifestyles and genealogy.
Names on grave markers serve as a directory of early residents and reflect the ethnic diversity and unique population of an area. Cultural influence in grave marker design, cemetery decoration and landscaping contribute to the complete narrative of Texas history. Established in large part for the benefit of the living, cemeteries perpetuate the memories of the deceased, giving a place character and definition.
The Rosanky Cemetery is still in use today and maintained with great care by annual contributions from family members of the deceased who are interned there and is awaiting its approved historical marker.
Thank you for your payment! Please see the attached receipt for your records. The next step in the marker process is for the Marker Team to write a draft inscription. Once the inscription has been drafted, we will send it to the sponsor and CHC for review.
Please note that marker inscriptions are written in the order that we receive payment. With few staff available, writing can be a year-long process. For this reason, all correspondence will be limited. You may not hear back from us for several months until the draft inscription is ready.
If you have any questions regarding the status of your marker, please direct all correspondence to your County Historical Commission.
Please do not schedule marker dedications until you have received the marker, in hand.
THC Marker Staff