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Hello and welcome to our website.  Pond Springs Historical Cemetery Association Inc. is a grass-roots effort to clean up our beloved acre, also known as “God’s Garden”.  If you have the need to be a hero, God’s Garden needs you !

Pond Springs Cemetery is an award-winning historical cemetery located in Northwest Austin, Texas.  The first known burial on the land was that of 6-month-old Jacob Leonce Glenn.  He died of a rattlesnake bite in October 1860, inflicted while his mother was distracted hanging laundry, (can you imagine?).  Jacob was buried in the Walden Section of Pond Springs Cemetery.  In 1862, Asenath Stewart was the first known burial in Pond Springs “proper”.  She died of a childbirth-related illness while her husband (Andrew Jackson (“AJ” or “Jack”) STEWART was a Private in Company D, 1st Texas Cavalry (Yager’s), CSA.  He died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 4 days after Lee surrendered to Grant.  The 1st Texas Cavalry was organized in New Orleans Louisiana on 6 November 1862, 4 days before his wife died.  Asenath likely kissed him good-bye and went into labor while he was en route.  AJ wasn’t there for her death, or for the birth of his son.  It’s unclear that he ever saw his son.  The orphaned baby lived, by the way, and was raised by his Stewart grandparents.

There are dozens of stories like this one.  God’s Garden needs heroes to help tell the stories.

There are over 230 known/assumed graves, and there are perhaps 300 or more total, as there are numerous graves without markers, and death certificates without corresponding graves.  Research is ongoing.

As is the case with so many old cemeteries in Texas, this one was doing a very good job at re-foresting.  There was damage from roaming cattle, from the elements, from downright vandalism, and from neglect.  Many people have worked on this cemetery through the decades.   By 2005, there wasn’t much left, and we have had to put the place back together like a gigantic puzzle.  It’ll probably be a lifelong project.  The county, the city, and the state are all “hiding” behind the wording in the original 1872 deed, which donated the land “to the community”, and will not claim responsibility for upkeep.  No one takes care of it but us few volunteers.  Those interred here were good people, and they deserve better.  Please consider joining our grass-roots effort.  God’s Garden needs heroes.

In 2011, a few heroic descendants allied to form our Association.  Here is our meeting schedule:

Meetings held USUALLY on the Second Sunday at 10 am unless otherwise noted:

January at Whataburger across the street, Second Sunday at 10 am

April (Clean-Up Daze Second Sunday AND Second Saturday at cemetery)

July at Whataburger across the street, Second Sunday at 10 am

October (Clean-Up Daze Second Sunday AND Second Saturday at cemetery)

You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting OR to help clean up.  You don’t need permission to be an “Anonymous Angel” and clean up the place a little, just be careful and please don’t touch the stones in any way; that’s all we ask.

Now surrounded by the growth of Austin and Cedar Park, stepping into this cemetery is like stepping back in time, and stepping away from the hectic pace of modern-day life.   It’s a good place to “reconnect” and clear your head.  We absolutely adore this place, warts and all, and invite everyone to join our grass-roots effort.

Visitors, please:

In the spirit of a Benjamin Franklin quote,
“One can tell the morals of their culture by the way they treat their dead”:

1  BE CAREFUL.  No climbing on the stones, they may topple, stay clear of them.  There are also holes in the ground.  Pond Springs Historical Cemetery Association, Inc., is in no way responsible or liable for any injuries obtained on the property.

2  Respect the headstones and foot stones.  They are historical documentation, and for a lot of people buried there, they are the only proof that they were ever born.

3  Respect the flora, fauna, and wildlife on the property.

4  No camping.

5  No trespassing after dark.

6  No open flames.  This includes, but is not limited to, candles and cigarettes.

7  No alcohol.  Whether it is in an open container or not.

8  Whatever it is, “If you brought it in, you take it out”.

9  No chalking, foaming, rubbing of the stones.  Or any other means of capturing its info and charm, other than photography.  Photography only.

10  Legaleeze:  In the State of Texas, all cemeteries are protected under Criminal Mischief, Penal Code 28.03, which states:

    “An offense under this section is a state jail felony if the damage or destruction is inflicted on a place of worship or human burial, a public monument, or a community center that provides medical, social, or educational programs and the amount of the pecuniary loss to real property or to tangible personal property is less than $20,000.” (visit http://www.thc.state.tx.us/cemeteries/cemWord/CemeteryDesecretionWhitePaper.doc).  And we will find a way to prosecute.

If you are a descendant of anyone buried here, we’d love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment, a memory of your relative, a photo of them, anything, it would truly be a treasure !

It costs lots of money to keep up this level of care.  If you’d like to join our Association, the dues are only $25 annually.  Or, if you simply wish to donate, you can.  We take anything that’s green paper !  We also take fire ant killer, agricultural vinegar for weed killer, weed eater string, a gallon or two of water for the water barrel, etc.  Just leave it at the base of the historical marker and give us a call to pick it up (737.781.0629).  We also LOVE good neighbors who call 911 if they see anything amiss.  To name the major things, we use the money primarily to file state taxes, pay registration fees for Thunder’s Trailer, gas money for the mowers, mower maintenance and repair, weed wacker string,  paint & related supplies, agricultural vinegar, fire ant killer, tree services, just a few office supplies, to replace/repair markers, and one or two “improvements” if there’s enough left over.

We are recognized by the IRS and the State of Texas.  To mail in a check, visit our link “How to Donate:  Membership Fees and Other Ways to Help” (on the menu to the right of this page).  Or, click the “Donate” button at the top of the page, which will direct you to (secure) PayPal.  We thank you in advance.  Take care and thanks for reading us.

– Suzanne Tucker Borum, President
– Pond Springs Historical Cemetery Association Inc.
– 737.781.0629

I would like to dedicate this blog to my awesomely wonderful Dad, 1923-2007, who STILL encourages me every day. Fish on Daddy, your “Motor-Mouth” will always love you !

Published in: on August 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm  Comments (11)  

October 2021 Clean Up !

October 2021 Clean Up

Hello Everyone!

Many thanks to those who cleaned up God’s Garden on Saturday 16 October 2021 (and Sunday 17 October 2021):

Gloria, Jeff, Ken, Todd, Suzanne, Dan, Jamie, Lucy, Jon, Nicole, Will, and as always, our ANONYMOUS ANGELS.

FYI to anyone who reads this, we always say “there is no electricity”, but now, guess what: WE HAVE A GENERATOR ! So to those of you who have “only-electric” tools, you can now come out and help ! Hint Hint. With that generator, we fulfilled a TEN YEAR WISH. Thank you to our kind and benevolent donors. Through your generosity, Our Beloved Acre does indeed have some super equipment, which is truly treated like gold.

We have a new volunteer, Lucy. Say Hello to our Lucy ! Lucy is earning her Silver Girl Scout Honor with us ! WHAT AN HONOR FOR US ! As such, she is to make a positive permanent effect on a public place. In these troublesome times, how refreshing is that? THE ANCESTORS WOULD HAVE APPROVED AND LOVED LUCY AND HER MOM AND BROTHER ! Lucy is going to help me out with the Travis County Death Certificate search, starting out with 1965 and moving older, and work on possibly having our unlabeled stones professionally engraved (Blanco & Eller). Quite an undertaking. Lucy and her mother Jamie (and twinkle-in-the-eye brother Harrison) are awesome for this, but if you can help, reach out to me. They might need a lil guidance lol and of course I/we will help, but as an essential healthcare evening shift employee, I could use the public’s help as well. PSHCA will pay up to $200 to help Lucy/The Girl Scouts.

THANKS TO GLORIA AND JEFF FOR PROVIDING LUNCH FOR ALL !

1 OK, with the rain etc, THE GRASS WAS AS TALL AS A 6 FT MAN. And it’s gone now. Nuff Said Y’all…..to be honest IT’S NOT GRASS, IT IS REEDS. Timothy Grass? Prairie Grass? Which makes a difference in how we treat it. Help !!!!!!!

2 Knockouts and Ol’ Miss: STILL STANDING! God Bless our beautification team and the flowers ! We are in need of replacement Rosemary or SOMETHING to put at the Historical Marker. Hint hint. Run wild with your imaginations folks, just let us know OK? You folks are beautiful and I have no doubt that your ideas are as well.

3 Houdini. Well…. we love Houdini……Bless His Heart. “Someone” decided it appropriate to remove the watering hoses and place them on the fence. Well, it might have protected the lines after all, so 2 points……. But as a Southern Lady says “Bless Their Heart”….. Unknown if Houdini is still leaking. So, Mr & Ms. Public, HOUDINI NEEDS HELP. Reach out to us OK? Keep mowers away from those teeny lines. I mention it here in case anyone goes out there.

4 Numerous LARGE fallen branches were removed, cut up, Jon removed them.

5 Speaking of Jon: Folks, if you want some landscaping completed, contact Jon. He puts his money where his mouth is. This fine young man has VOLUNTEERED like NO ONE SINCE BUSTER. That is saying a lot. Big shoes this young man has filled. Unsolicited help for PSHCA. And he asks for NOTHING. NOTHING. Ever. So, I made up my mind to throw some free advertising his way: Since the ANCESTORS WOULD HAVE LOVED Jon, if you need landscaping in any capacity, contact pinpointlandscapingatx@yahoo.com for any/all of your landscaping needs. He will do you right.

Still left to do

HELP US:

a Thunder is our hero. What a workhorse. He needs a lil TLC, he “misses”. Has a whopping 68 hours on him. If you wouldn’t mind donating a lil money in these tough times, Thunder could use an overhaul, new blades/blade sharpening, etc…..

b Still thinking of labeling all the mower markers, and placing a dab of cement at their bases (underground) and leveling them in that dab of cement.

Published in: on October 23, 2021 at 2:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

10/16/2021 2021 Clean-Up Day, other important info

Anytime between sunrise and sunset (meeting is around 10 am).  Stay the entire time, or just stay a few hours.  Bring the family !  Bring Co-Workers !  Bring Church Family !

Please mark your calendars, we have 4 meetings per calendar year (second Sunday usually, 10 am):
January – Second Sunday Meeting @ 10 am, Whataburger
April – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up DAY (Saturday)
July – Second Sunday Meeting @ 10 am, Whataburger
October – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up DAY (Saturday)

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General Agenda:
We will have a quick meeting around 10 am or so.

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Volunteers, Please Note:

  • There is no electricity or running water, BUT WE DO NOW HAVE A GENERATOR
  • PSHCA cannot be responsible for damage done to equipment or persons.
  • Make sure all your equipment is in working condition before arrival.
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, goggles, gloves, face masks.
  • WATCH YOUR STEP.
  • BEWARE PILES OF LEAVES OR ROCKS, there might be “inhabitants” lurking there.
  • Bring Lawn Chairs and bring plenty of food/water.
  • Please bring 1 or 2 gallons of water for the water barrel.
  • Bring Squirrel food !
  • Bring your camera !

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Trash Detail — clean up all the way to the street, all around the site
Please take the trash away with you

  • Supplies Needed (PSHCA has “some” if needed):
  • Contractor bags recommended, but others are just fine too
  • Paper Rubbish Bags
  • “Grabber” makes it easy on the back

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Lawn and Garden – This is What Takes Up Most/All of our Time
(Weeding, Limb Removal, Grass Cutting, Dusting the Fire Ants if needed, clearing fenceline of weeds)
Supplies Needed: (PSHCA has “some” if needed):

  • Fire Ant Killer
  • Agricultural Vinegar
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):  Leather/Rubber Gloves, Face mask, Goggles
  • Wheelbarrows, Rakes, Shovels, Pitchforks, Saws, Pruners, Brooms, Paper Rubbish Bags, Plastic Trash Bags, Paper Towels/old newspapers/sandpaper/Painters Tape
  • Gasoline, Weed-eater String
  • Tools for quick repairs
  • Gas lawn equipment preferred; again, there is no electricity, but we do have a generator.
  • Fertilizer for what we’ve planted in the past.

See you then !

– Suzanne

PS About Dues etc, general email sent to group:

1  First, THANK YOU for your interest and support (financially, emotionally, spiritually, family photos, with family information, sweat equity, and so much more).  You are receiving this because somehow, someway, you expressed an interest in us and our Shared Labor of Love.  Your encouragement continues to matter so very much.

2  It’s time.  Sorry.  $25 Annual Dues for 2022.  Additional donations are always welcome.  Funds are used for upkeep, maintenance/repair, and annual “goals”.  We have multiple ways of payment (all funds are placed in our account at the University of Texas Credit Union):

    a  Use the form that is on the website at https://pondspringscemetery.wordpress.comTrivia:  Since 2011, I have kept every single card and letter that arrived with dues and donations 🙂 they are SO SWEET AND SUPPORTIVE.

    b  Use the “Donate” link on the above website.  It goes to Paypal.  Please bear in mind that when Paypal is used, a percentage of your donation goes to Paypal.  Off the top of my head, it is somewhere between 2 and 3 percent that goes to Paypal.

    c  GoFundMe, https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/2xpp74r8.  Again, a portion goes to GoFundMe.

    d  “Membership Challenge” of $2.50 a week.  Or whatever you can give.  This adds up to $130 a year.  Again, if you can give less, give less.  If you make a paycheck, it’s easiest for me if this was directly deposited from your paycheck into our University of Texas Credit Union account (this is how I make my personal donation).  Respond to this email for more info.

e Mail a check. Please DO NOT MAIL IT TO THE CEMETERY ADDRESS, we do not have a monitored mailbox. Please reply to this post to obtain the address. Thanks.

3  Please help me update the contact list, and customize it as best I can for your convenience.  We don’t want to bother you with a bunch of emails, etc, but by the same token, we don’t want to leave out anyone who may be interested.  Again, let me know if you wish to opt out of emails.

4  Attached please find our “Footprints”.  Lest we forget.  I’m pretty proud of it.  Take a moment and look through it.   Never think for a moment that we are sedentary.  We are fierce!

5  I am taking this opportunity to BEG everyone to Watch, “Like”, and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Video.  As time allows (haha), I would like to post more on YouTube about the people buried in God’s Garden.  The more subscribers and “Likes” we get, well, we can make a little money.  Maybe.  So if you can’t donate financially, at least Watch, “Like”, and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Video, and ask your friends and family. “God’s Garden”: Pond Springs Cemetery, Austin Texas

6  Lastly, I am attaching our Important Dates for 2022, as well as “2022 Goals“.  Yes, there’s a lot of detail, but it’s all “at-a-glance”.  Print it out and put it on the frig !

Thank You !!!  Can’t wait to hear from you !! 

Suzanne Tucker Borum

President, Pond Springs Historical Cemetery Association, Inc.

10005 Lake Creek Parkway

Austin, Texas 78729

737.781.0629

Published in: on September 12, 2021 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

April 2021 Clean Up

Hello Everyone!

Many thanks for the “Magnificent Seven” who cleaned up God’s Garden on Saturday 17 April 2021:

Gloria, Jeff, Ken, Todd, Suzanne, Dan, Karen

FYI to anyone who reads this, we always say “there is no electricity”, but now, guess what: WE HAVE A GENERATOR ! So to those of you who have “only-electric” tools, you can now come out and help ! Hint Hint.

With that generator, we fulfilled a TEN YEAR WISH. Thank you to our kind and benevolent donors. Through your generosity, Our Beloved Acre does indeed have some super equipment, which is truly treated like gold.

Karen brought quite a lot of weedkiller items, apparently there’s a place in Round Rock where one can obtain items donated by those who didn’t want their used stuff to end up in a landfill. Wonderful !

THANKS TO GLORIA AND JEFF FOR PROVIDING LUNCH FOR ALL !

Thanks to Anonymous Angels, although we mowed and weeded and completed a HUGE trash detail, we were also afforded a little time to:

1 Cut down our Rosemary at the front 😦 It doesn’t appear to have survived our recent Texas Tundra. We didn’t remove the roots, decided to wait and see if it returns. In the suburbs, some HAVE survived; most have not. So, we will pray and see.

2 Actually had time to trim our gorgeous Knockouts, THEY ALL SURVIVED ! Tough and tiny, FIERCE little plants ! Ol’ Miss survived too; she did take quite a lickin’. Will cut back her dead stuff as time allows, but she’s still standin! God Bless our beautification team and the flowers ! Speaking of flowers, I personally LOVE the wildflowers that grow in our Acre; am attaching some pics. Moving forward, when we are warned about crazy cold weather (how often does THAT happen?), we will try to get out to God’s Garden and cover what we can.

3 Houdini. Well, we love Houdini……Bless His Heart. Karen brought 15 gallons of water, I brought about 7 gallons, only to discover that HOUDINI WAS STILL LEAKING ! Grrrr……..Ken, with his engineering sensibilities (thank God for those !) ran to Walmart and got some different goop, and applied it around Houdini’s spigot. Leaked slower but the leak was still there. Sigh. So, he and I went back today and SUPER-GOOPED that spigot. It wasn’t leaking when we left but H has tricked me before. Ken will return tomorrow and check it.

4 I made a pitiful attempt at labeling our tiny irrigation lines that are hooked up to H. Will need to revisit. Keep mowers away from those teeny lines. I mention it here in case anyone goes out there.

5 Numerous LARGE fallen branches were removed, cut up, donated as some nice firewood to volunteers !

6 Installed all the mower markers we bought and cut last October. Leveled existing ones.

7 Still left to do in regards to this Clean Up:

a Thunder is our hero. What a workhorse. He needs a lil TLC, he “misses”. Has a whopping 62 hours on him.

b There’s still a pile of brush that needs to be hauled away. On my next day off, I will call the city/county to take it but I don’t have my hopes up.

c As mentioned, label irrigation lines.

d Thinking of labeling all the mower markers, and placing a dab of cement at their bases (underground) and leveling them in that dab of cement.

Well, we do have a pretty large “Wish List” if there are any interested parties:

Citizen of the Republic of Texas Medal for John Boatright stone
War of 1812 Medal for Capt Rutledge stone
Marker for Witness Tree aka “The Boatright Tree” guesstimated as being from 1755
Grants
Repair leaning stones. Engrave Blanco and Eller stones
Place a marker at each Unknown
Solar Lighting
We need a Webmaster
Baby Memorial. I obtained a free cast iron crib, it looks to be from the Victorian era. Needs a bit of paint. Make an herb garden/Baby Memorial with this as its centerpiece?
Ground Penetrating Radar
….and more 🙂 Reach out if you wish to help !

Computer not working well tonight, pics to follow.

Until next time !

  • Suzanne

Published in: on April 18, 2021 at 7:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

4/17/2021 Please Bring Water for Drums: April 2021 Clean-Up Day, other important info

Please post at work/church, etc. Swing on by if you can. Although it appears that an Anonymous Angel or two have been helping us out, our Beloved Acre could use our (safe) presence, it really could.  Wear a mask and practice social distancing with each other.

Happy 2021! I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU ALL WELL.
Anytime between sunrise and sunset (meeting is around 10 am).  Stay the entire time, or just stay a few hours.  Bring the family !  Bring Co-Workers !  Bring Church Family !

Please mark your calendars, we have 4 meetings per calendar year (second Sunday usually, 10 am):
January – Second Sunday Meeting @ 10 am, Whataburger
April – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up DAY (Saturday)
July – Second Sunday Meeting @ 10 am, Whataburger
October – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up DAY (Saturday)

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General Agenda:
We will have a quick meeting around 10 am or so.

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Volunteers, Please Note:

  • There is no electricity or running water.
  • PSHCA cannot be responsible for damage done to equipment or persons.
  • Make sure all your equipment is in working condition before arrival.
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, goggles, gloves, face masks.
  • WATCH YOUR STEP.
  • BEWARE PILES OF LEAVES OR ROCKS, there might be “inhabitants” lurking there.
  • Bring Lawn Chairs and bring plenty of food/water.
  • Please bring 1 or 2 gallons of water for the water barrel.
  • Bring Squirrel food !
  • Bring your camera !

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https://pondspringscemetery.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/0511-1010-2403-2231.jpg

Trash Detail — clean up all the way to the street, all around the site
Please take the trash away with you

  • Supplies Needed (PSHCA has “some” if needed):
  • Contractor bags recommended, but others are just fine too
  • Paper Rubbish Bags
  • “Grabber” makes it easy on the back

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https://pondspringscemetery.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/0511-1104-0222-5061.jpg

Lawn and Garden – This is What Takes Up Most/All of our Time
(Weeding, Limb Removal, Grass Cutting, Dusting the Fire Ants if needed, clearing fenceline of weeds)
Supplies Needed: (PSHCA has “some” if needed):

  • Do we want to take down that side fence?  If so, bring equipment for that
  • Fire Ant Killer
  • Agricultural Vinegar
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):  Leather/Rubber Gloves, Face mask, Goggles
  • Wheelbarrows, Rakes, Shovels, Pitchforks, Saws, Pruners, Brooms, Paper Rubbish Bags, Plastic Trash Bags, Paper Towels/old newspapers/sandpaper/Painters Tape
  • Gasoline, Weed-eater String
  • Tools for quick repairs
  • Gas lawn equipment; again, there is no electricity.
  • Nuts for the squirrels ?
  • Water for the barrel, empty milk jugs to transport water from barrel
  • Fertilizer for what we’ve planted in the past.  We have roses, rosemary, lantana so far.

See you then !

– Suzanne

PS About Dues etc, general email sent to group:

1  First, THANK YOU for your interest and support (financially, emotionally, spiritually, family photos, with family information, sweat equity, and so much more).  You are receiving this because somehow, someway, you expressed an interest in us and our Shared Labor of Love.  Your encouragement continues to matter so very much.

2  It’s time.  Sorry.  $25 Annual Dues for 2021.  Many donated in 2020 and per my “agreement”, those will be counted for 2021.  Additional donations are always welcome.  Funds are used for upkeep, maintenance/repair, and annual “goals”.  We have multiple ways of payment (all funds are placed in our account at the University of Texas Credit Union):

    a  Use the form that is on the website at https://pondspringscemetery.wordpress.comTrivia:  Since 2011, I have kept every single card and letter that arrived with dues and donations 🙂 they are SO SWEET AND SUPPORTIVE.

    b  Use the “Donate” link on the above website.  It goes to Paypal.  Please bear in mind that when Paypal is used, a percentage of your donation goes to Paypal.  Off the top of my head, it is somewhere between 2 and 3 percent that goes to Paypal.

    c  GoFundMe, https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/2xpp74r8.  Again, a portion goes to GoFundMe.

    d  “Membership Challenge” of $2.50 a week.  Or whatever you can give.  This adds up to $130 a year.  Again, if you can give less, give less.  If you make a paycheck, it’s easiest for me if this was directly deposited from your paycheck into our University of Texas Credit Union account (this is how I make my personal donation).  Respond to this email for more info.

e Mail a check. Please DO NOT MAIL IT TO THE CEMETERY ADDRESS, we do not have a monitored mailbox. Please reply to this post to obtain the address. Thanks.

3  Please help me update the contact list, and customize it as best I can for your convenience.  We don’t want to bother you with a bunch of emails, etc, but by the same token, we don’t want to leave out anyone who may be interested.  Again, let me know if you wish to opt out of emails.

4  Attached please find our “Footprints”.  Lest we forget.  I’m pretty proud of it.  Take a moment and look through it.   Never think for a moment that we are sedentary.  We are fierce!

5  I am taking this opportunity to BEG everyone to Watch, “Like”, and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Video.  As time allows (haha), I would like to post more on YouTube about the people buried in God’s Garden.  The more subscribers and “Likes” we get, well, we can make a little money.  Maybe.  So if you can’t donate financially, at least Watch, “Like”, and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Video, and ask your friends and family. “God’s Garden”: Pond Springs Cemetery, Austin Texas

6  Lastly, I am attaching our Important Dates for 2021, as well as “2021 Goals“.  Yes, there’s a lot of detail, but it’s all “at-a-glance”.  Print it out and put it on the frig !

Thank You !!!  Can’t wait to hear from you !! 

Suzanne Tucker Borum

President, Pond Springs Historical Cemetery Association, Inc.

10005 Lake Creek Parkway

Austin, Texas 78729

737.781.0629

Published in: on April 3, 2021 at 9:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

October 2020 Clean Up Day

Hello Everyone,
I hope this finds you all well and content !  I will be so happy to see 2020 leave !
I am positive that this fell off plates due to all the insanity & uncertainty we have all endured, but if my books are correct, only 8 people paid dues in 2020.   That being said, the coffers could use some love 🙂
If you can find it in your heart to pay the $25, I will make a note to count it all the way to the end of 2021.  Sound like a deal?  Please.  We are set up with:

  1. PayPal; link on website at https://pondspringscemetery.wordpress.com
  2. Snail Mail to 12106 Cabana Lane, Austin TX 78727 (my home 🙂
  3. Venmo will soon be part of our repetoire.

We had an excellent Clean Up Day on Saturday !  It looked rough, but tbh we have seen it MUCH worse. Much thanks to: Bill, Dan, Gloria, Ken, Todd, Dave, Raul, Dixie,Aaron, Patrice, Alyssa, Anonymous Angel Raul, and Ruby!  We hadn’t been there IN A YEAR, so TLC was sorely needed, and these kind folks heeded the call !  Thanks to Chik-fil-A for providing lunch !

Folks, I cannot express enough love for our Beloved Garden. It needs help. It needs you. It’s innocent. It feels good there; it is a palpable feeling, which we could all use more of. The only love given is from the folks. Grass-roots. So come on out in April, won’t you? I promise you will get so much more than you give.

We were exhausted (not getting any younger !), so there is still more to do:

1  Between now and next April:

A  Cutting more mower markers into 3-foot poles and methodically cementing them into the ground.  They were INVALUABLE this time around, as the grass was truly 6-ft tall in spots. As always, could use some help.  Reach out, thanks. Cutting completed (THANK YOU KEN AND TODD !), just need to be placed/Stb


B  Clipping our beautiful rose bush “Ol’ Blush”. Completed/Stb

B  Labeling the real estate sign that contains the Self-Guided Tour and our Membership Interest Letter (we need something in that box to keep those papers from curling up). Completed/Stb

2  New 55-gallon water barrel (“Houdini”) leaks where it attaches to the drum !  Despite fierce caution, it must have gotten bumped in transit.  Caulked/Stb, will likely leak again though. Additionally, it is felt that the drum and its stand probably need to be painted to make it blend into the scenery THANK YOU SHIRLEY FOR VOLUNTEERING TO PAINT HOUDINI !

3  That wooden fence in the back is fixin to break our fence.  No one claims that wooden fence.  So guess what.  It is going to be made to lean in the other direction, and if the wood breaks, oh well.  This autumn/winter, if anyone out there, anyone at all, can head up this project, let me know, I will put out the APB to the larger group, we can pick a date, grab some chains and strap it to bumpers, and PULL.  Or whatever you feel would work.  I’m begging again.  Thanks.

4  Our Security Cameras need to be checked, and and TLC given.  Reach out, thanks.

5  The tree canopy did not get lifted, it’s very bad in spots.  Trespassers can & do hide behind the limbs to complete their nefarious activities, if we are not on our game.  It is my understanding that pruning can only be done during certain times of the year?  The cemetery owns a gas-powered tree pruner, however Ken and I cannot complete this activity.  Reach out, thanks.


Our John Deere mower “Rolling Thunder” became a Wounded Warrior !  But he still plugged along wounded !  He needs a good amount of TLC.  If you recall, since we have no funding for a storage unit, he is kept in our garage, sitting on the trailer.  We keep up with his PM and have purchased a “trickle” charger because his battery kept dying on us due to lack of use.  So, Ken/Todd/myself will start him up weekly just to keep his juices flowing.  He could probably use new blades/get his blades sharpened, some carb work (we replaced it last year, it likely just needs cleaner).  And the trailer has a broken tail light!  We will fix what needs fixing, and clean up Thunder, as well as the wonderful TORO mower and the Husquavarna Push Weeder, all of which live in the trainer with Thunder.  EVERYTHING that belongs to the cemetery lives in that trailer all year, and we only use the items for the cemetery.  Your generous funding has made these tools possible, plus gas/string/oil/blades etc – they provide miraculous clean up !

Thanks everyone.
 – Suzanne

Good Ol’ Blush….he got an extreme makeover.
Houdini got a new diaper. Long story. Thanks to the “Houdini Team” for all of their emotional support during this learning curve of mine lol.
HAHAHAHA. Out-take.

Published in: on October 25, 2020 at 9:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

10/17/2020 Please Bring Water for Drum: October 2020 Clean-Up Day

Please post at work/church, etc. Thanks.
Hello Everyone I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU ALL WELL.  I took the liberty of deciding to bring back Clean Up Daze, limited for now.  It’s just one day instead of two.  Swing on by if you can, our Beloved Acre could use our (safe) presence, it really could.  Wear a mask and practice social distancing with each other.
I Googled Texas Football, there appears to be no game on Saturday, October 17, 2020.  Please correct me if I’m wrong.  Anytime between sunrise and sunset (meeting is around 10 am).  Stay the entire time, or just stay a few hours.  Bring the family !  Bring Co-Workers !  Bring Church Family !

This Time, our #1 thing was the placement of a second 55-gallon drum, for watering the roses. Kind friends of mine have already placed the concrete “Pad”, enclosure poles, indeed the drum itself. But we need water in it ! So please bring a gallon or two of water !

– Suzanne

Please mark your calendars, we have 4 meetings per calendar year (second Sunday usually, 10 am):
January – Second Sunday Meeting @ 10 am, Whataburger
April – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up WEEKEND (Sunday)
July – Second Sunday Meeting @ 10 am, Whataburger
October – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up WEEKEND (Sunday)

General Agenda:  “Meeting First”
We will have a quick meeting around 10 am or so.

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Volunteers:

  • There is no electricity or running water.
  • PSHCA cannot be responsible for damage done to equipment or persons.
  • Please bring as many supplies as you can.
  • Make sure all your equipment is in working condition before arrival.
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, goggles, gloves, face masks.
  • WATCH YOUR STEP.
  • BEWARE PILES OF LEAVES OR ROCKS, there might be “inhabitants” lurking there.
  • Bring Lawn Chairs and bring plenty of food/water.
  • Please bring 1 or 2 gallons of water for the water barrel.
  • Bring your camera !

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Trash Detail — clean up all the way to the street, all around the site
Please take the trash away with you

Supplies Needed (PSHCA has “some” if needed):

  • Contractor bags recommended, but others are just fine too
  • Paper Rubbish Bags
  • “Grabber” makes it easy on the back
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Lawn and Garden – This is What Takes Up Most/All of our Time
(Weeding, Limb Removal, Grass Cutting, Dusting the Fire Ants if needed, clearing fenceline of weeds)
Supplies Needed: (PSHCA has “some” if needed):

  • Do we want to take down that side fence?  If so, bring equipment for that
  • Fire Ant Killer
  • Agricultural Vinegar
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):  Leather/Rubber Gloves, Face mask, Goggles
  • Wheelbarrows, Rakes, Shovels, Pitchforks, Saws, Pruners, Brooms, Paper Rubbish Bags, Plastic Trash Bags, Paper Towels/old newspapers/sandpaper/Painters Tape
  • Gasoline, Weed-eater String
  • Tools for quick repairs
  • Gas lawn equipment; again, there is no electricity.
  • Nuts for the squirrels ?
  • Water for the barrel, empty milk jugs to transport water from barrel
  • Fertilizer for what we’ve planted in the past.  We have roses, rosemary, lantana so far.  Is it too late to plant roses?

See you then !

– Suzanne

Published in: on October 9, 2020 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: April 2020 “Clean Up Daze”

Hello Everyone I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU ALL WELL.  Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the decision has been made to postpone our April Daze until further notice.  Stay safe out there.

– Suzanne

Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2020
Arrive anytime between sunrise and sunset (meeting is around 10 am both days)
Stay the entire time, or just stay a few hours.  Bring the family !  Bring Co-Workers !  Bring Church Family !

Please mark your calendars, we have 4 meetings per calendar year (second Sunday usually, 10 am):
January – Second Sunday Meeting @ 10 am, Whataburger
April – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up WEEKEND (Saturday AND Sunday)
July – Second Sunday Meeting @ 10 am, Whataburger
October – Meeting, at cemetery, plus Clean up WEEKEND (Saturday AND Sunday)

General Agenda:  “Meeting First”
We will have a quick meeting on both days, around 10 am or so.

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Volunteers:

  • There is no electricity or running water.
  • PSHCA cannot be responsible for damage done to equipment or persons.
  • Please bring as many supplies as you can.
  • Make sure all your equipment is in working condition before arrival.
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, goggles, gloves, face masks.
  • WATCH YOUR STEP.
  • BEWARE PILES OF LEAVES OR ROCKS, there might be “inhabitants” lurking there.
  • Bring Lawn Chairs and bring plenty of food/water.
  • Please bring 1 or 2 gallons of water for the water barrel.
  • Bring your camera !

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0511-1010-2403-2231Trash Detail — clean up all the way to the street, all around the site
Please take the trash away with you

Supplies Needed (PSHCA has “some” if needed):

  • Contractor bags recommended, but others are just fine too
  • “Grabber” makes it easy on the back
    ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞

0511-1104-0222-5061Lawn and Garden – This is What Takes Up Most/All of our Time
(Weeding, Limb Removal, Grass Cutting, Dusting the Fire Ants if needed, clearing fenceline of weeds)
Supplies Needed: (PSHCA has “some” if needed):

  • Do we want to take down that side fence?  If so, bring equipment for that
  • Fire Ant Killer
  • Agricultural Vinegar preferred, but Round-Up “Brush Killer” is OKish too
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):  Leather/Rubber Gloves, Face mask, Goggles
  • Wheelbarrows, Rakes, Shovels, Pitchforks, Saws, Pruners, Brooms, Paper Rubbish Bags, Plastic Trash Bags, Paper Towels/old newspapers/sandpaper/Painters Tape
  • Gasoline, Weed-eater String
  • Tools for quick repairs
  • Gas lawn equipment; again, there is no electricity.
  • Nuts for the squirrels ?
  • Water for the barrel, empty milk jugs to transport water from barrel
  • Fertilizer for what we’ve planted in the past.  We have roses, rosemary, lantana so far.  Is it too late to plant roses?
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See you then !

– Suzanne

Published in: on March 29, 2020 at 6:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

October 2019 Clean Up Daze !

Another rousing success !

Much thanks to (in no order of importance):
The Lawn Maintenance Crew of Legends Lake Creek/Roscoe Properties
Bill Zunker
Gloria Amescua
Dan Gawrys
Jamie (yikes ! I didn’t get your last name ! I’m sure you will be back though 🙂
Shirley Barber
Ken Borum

Who mowed, clipped, sprayed, pulled, dug, photographed, bagged, taped, zip-tied, hauled, hugged, offered helpful opinions —- and “fellowshipped”.

Notes from this Daze:
1 The privacy fence in the back is falling down. It doesn’t belong to us. There is a watershed behind us; the fence probably belongs to Williamson County. I will contact the apartments and Williamson County, to see who belongs to, before it falls and hurts someone, or crushes our fragile chain-link that we just had repaired. Personally I don’t want the privacy fence put back up, but probably won’t have a say in the matter.

2 Eller descendants (we assume) installed LOVELY markers for Mamie and Pleasant Eller ! What a wonderful surprise !

3 We discovered that Our Beautification Project is fun ! It is just so fun to plant and tend to beautiful things ! Our David bought FOURTEEN Knock-Out rose bushes for us ! BUT here’s the rub this time: Our soil is too shallow and rocky to plant them ! So, we planted two under the sign (I removed the Lantana and made it free-to-good-home on my curb at home), the remaining 12 were split between Shirley and myself today. We will tend to them in their containers at our homes, do our best to spoil them, until Ken can repair the tiller ! Then — WE’LL BE BACK ! The thought is that actually there isn’t enough sunshine on the other side of the driveway. Roses need 6-8 hours. So, we will either extend the existing flower garden under the sign, and/or plant 2 patches of 6 bushes equal distance between the sign and “Ol’ Blush” (which is our gorgeous pink antique bush that is front-and-center). Hope this makes sense. Anyway, more to follow, and Ken and I hope we can get a crowd out there to help us plant these ! It will be sometime before Halloween. Gloria donated 3 bags of dirt, it looks like we will need more if anyone is so inclined. If not, the Association will spring for it.

4 Our new sign, in the back of the cemetery where careless drivers have taken down our fence, is quite popular. Passersby were taking photos, and people walking along were commenting to us. See photos below.

 

L to R: Jamie, Gloria, Suzanne, Ken, Bill

 

Howdy y’all !

Kenny B mowed the whole acre while Bill weed-whacked.  Legends Lake Creek had been giving us a much-needed shot in the arm, so the grass wasn’t high at all.

 

At the top you can see just a little bit of our stunning Boatright Tree, from ca. 1755, if our math is correct.

We don’t spend much time on this, but this is a view from the back of the cemetery. This road goes straight to the cemetery and then curves to the right, and immediately goes straight again. It is here that drivers get careless, and where we put our sign. If you click on the photo you can probably enlarge it.

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The next few photos show detail of the leaning privacy fence. Some kind Anonymous Angel (we have A LOT of those !) propped it up in a few places.

Here is a view from the watershed side of the privacy fence.

Giving Jamie Our Famous Ten-Cent Tour. Gosh I hate to have my picture taken !

See how pretty? The New Eller Plot. Mamie and Pleasant.

 

Take care, (early) Happy Holidays to you all, enjoy the photos !
Suzanne

Published in: on October 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Too Fabulous to be Hidden

Folks these photos are long over-due to be posted.  I will place them in their family sections, but I am also placing them here.  Both are true treasures, significant to the history of the cemetery.  Many many many thanks to descendants for sharing.

– Suzanne

Lavina Hyland Chapman with grandchild who possibly married a HOLDER. Lavina is our ONLY Republic of Texas burial, something we are very proud of.

 

Andrew Jackson AJ Stewart. AJ’s wife, Asenath, was the first known burial in Pond Springs Cemetery. See Asenath’s post.

Published in: on July 19, 2019 at 1:22 pm  Comments (1)  

Photos from our last Clean Up Daze

Folks please accept my apology for JUST NOW posting these pics.  I thought I had done so.  Clean Up was a lot of fun and a lot of work, as usual.  I just cannot express enough how much help is appreciated !  Hint hint the public can help us out at any time !

God Bless You, Jeff.

A rare photo of me on the left, and an EVEN RARER photo of Shirley.

Greg from the apartments on the right. Yep, a few of the tenants help us out !

Everyone’s favorite: Dan

 

What would we do without Bill?

They were dying off so it was now or never. Our Bluebonnet Garden gets bigger every year. We don’t mow it when it’s growing.

 

Shirley planted a bunch of Knock Out Roses. Then hid behind the sign…..

Jeff and Gloria, two of our pillars. They were working on the area of the back fence that was damaged by drivers.

 

Gloria and Pixie, our mascot. We feel safer when she is around lol.

 

Isn’t she lovely? Our Ol’ Blush, front and center of the front fence.

Published in: on July 19, 2019 at 12:50 pm  Leave a Comment