Holy Cross Cemetery|
Photo courtesy Charles Watson|
Photo courtesy Leigh Lunsford|
of the Angel in the Hill Family plot|
TE Photo May 2003
we first published a photo of a weeping angel monument in Houston's
Glenwood Cemetery, we were notified that the statue's location was misidentified.
The writer had seen it just a week before in Scottsville, Texas (just east of
Marshall). Although no photo was furnished, we remembered his letter and two years
later on a trip to NE Texas, we went to investigate. |
view of the Scottsville cemetery and chapel.|
angel is visible just left of center.
TE Photo October, 2001
/ Youree Cemetery can be found on FM 1998 about 12 miles East of Marshall.|
Indeed, there is a near-identical twin to the Houston weeping angel - complete
with severed arm. Only the names and the statue bases are slightly different.
The inscription on the Glenwood angel is the simple surname of Hill while the
one in Scottville bears the name Youree.
Glenwood Angel (left) and the Scottsville
showing the vandalism to both left arms. TE Photos
The Youree monument
is named Grief and it is credited to sculptor Frank Teich. According to the text
in A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Texas by Carol Morris
Little, the author states that this
statue is considered to be Teich's most artistic creation. The ten-foot statue
is carved from Carrera marble and reportedly cost $40,000 in 1904. It is the centerpiece
of the cemetery
and sits just behind the stone chapel - also constructed in memory of William
Scott Youree, the only son of banker Peter Youree and his wife Elizabeth Scott
Youree. (Elizabeth's family are founders of Scottville.)
inscription: "Born at Scottsville, Texas November 29th 1872 - died at Monterey,
Mexico January 15th 1904.|
is said to be the largest collection of Teich's work in one place in Texas.
Several other angels stand very near "Grief" and for its size, the Scottsville
/ Youree Cemetery is probably the most picturesque in the state, despite being
heavily vandalized in the late 1980s.
in Grayson CountyA
comparison of the two works was in preparation when we received photos of a third
"sister angel" from contributor Justin
Parson of McKinney. In
Mr. Parson's photos (from the Calvary Cemetery in Grayson County) the angel has
her arm intact - an important clue in case the other two statues are ever restored.
County's Weeping Angel|
Photos Courtesy Justin
|We have been told
by monumentalists (the proper name for people who make monuments) that in the
case of statuary like this, apprentice stonecarvers learned their craft by making
copies of the master's original. Knock-offs were possible, but when one examines
the quality of the work on all three statues - it's obvious that no one was cutting
corners when these sister angels were carved. The Youree
monument, which received huge regional newspaper coverage, is said to have
generated $40,000 in orders for the Teich monument works. |
information on the Texas angel sorority or anyone who has information on stonecarver
apprenticeship procedures in early 20th Century Texas, please write to email@example.com
Angel by David
Weeping Angel Found in Waco’s Holy Cross Cemetery
Weeping Angel in Dallas' Grove Hill Cemetery
Cemetery, Houston, Texas
Cemetery, Scottsville, Texas
On your wonderful page about the Weeping Angels. I am
sad to inform you that her arm was broken off sometime this late winter or spring.
I drove by and saw it , so sad! - Susan Hawkins, May 25, 2011
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