Holy Cross Cemetery
courtesy Charles Watson
courtesy Leigh Lunsford
of the Angel in the Hill Family plot
TE Photo May 2003
When 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.
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
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
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
statue is considered to be Teich's most artistic creation. The
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 County
A 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.
Anyone with information on the Texas angel sorority or anyone who
has information on stonecarver apprenticeship procedures in early
20th Century Texas, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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