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    Five Weeping Angels

    Dallas, Houston, Scottsville, Denison and Waco

    by John Troesser
    Photos by Barclay Gibson, Justin Parson, Charles Watson
    Leigh Lunsford and John Troesser

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    Waco’s Holy Cross Cemetery
    Waco TX - Holy Cross Cemetery Weeping Angel
    Photo courtesy Charles Watson

    5th Weeping Angel Found in
    Waco’s Holy Cross Cemetery
    >

    Dallas' Grove Hill Cemetery
    Grief, Weeping Angel - Dallas, Texas, Grove Hill Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Leigh Lunsford

    The Weeping Angel in Dallas' Grove Hill Cemetery >

    The Fourth “Weeping Angel” in Texas >
    Photos of a fourth “Weeping Angel” in Texas have been provided by Leigh Lunsford. This angel is different from the first two in that the wrist (broken on the sister statues in Houston and Scottsville) has a support attached. - Editor
    Houston's Glenwood Cemetery
    Detail of the Angel in the Hill Family plot
    Glenwood Cemetery, Houston.
    TE Photo May 2003

    Houston's Glenwood Cemetery >

    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.
    Scottsville / Youree Cemetery
    A view of the Scottsville cemetery and chapel.
    The Youree angel is visible just left of center.
    TE Photo October, 2001

    Scottsville / Youree Cemetery >

    The Scottsville / 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
    "Grief" in Scottsville
    The Glenwood Angel (left) and the Scottsville Angel
    showing the vandalism to both left arms. TE Photos
    Grief >
    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.)
    Scottsville Texas - Scottsville Cemetery Weeping Angel
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
    Scottsville Texas - Scottsville Cemetery Weeping Angel inscription
    The inscription: "Born at Scottsville, Texas November 29th 1872 - died at Monterey, Mexico January 15th 1904.
    TE Photo
    The cemetery 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.
    Denison's Calvary Cemetery
    Calvary Cemetery 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.
    Denison, TX Grayson County's Weeping Angel
    Denison, TX - Grayson County's Weeping Angel
    Grayson County's Weeping Angel
    Photos Courtesy Justin Parson 2005
    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 editor@texasescapes.com

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    Weeping Angel
    by David Knape


    Related Features:
  • 5th Weeping Angel Found in Waco’s Holy Cross Cemetery
  • The Weeping Angel in Dallas' Grove Hill Cemetery
  • Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Texas
  • Scottsville Cemetery, Scottsville, Texas
  • Denison, Texas

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    Subject: Denison Weeping Angel

    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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