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This was the original Catholic cemetery in the town of Menard in the late 1800's. In the early 1900's it was also called "The Decker Cemetery" since several members of that family are buried there. It looks like general use of this cemetery was stopped when the "new" Catholic cemetery, Garden of Memories, was organized.
I estimated there are about 70+ unmarked graves visible by the depressions in the ground or remnants of burial markers.
You can not get to this cemetery by car. You have to walk in from the road and extreme care must be taken. Problems I've had in my visits were rattlesnakes in the high weeds and unmarked graves caving in when stepped on.
Several years after my first visit in in 1999, I found vandals had broken/damaged several headstones with a baseball bat... the unmarked graves at the back of the cemetery had been covered by brush and a new fence.... and several markers to the east were missing. It's such a shame that a person's final resting place is given so little respect.
Also listed on my Menard TXGenWeb site at: http://www.aliciasniche.com/txmenard/cem/cleo/cemcleo.htm
August 2010 Update: The Catholic Church, after finding property records, FINALLY realized that this is probably their original Catholic Cemetery. They are planning a "clean up day" soon....and I hope that it will never go back to being the neglected/forgotten cemetery that it was when I first found it.