DONNA CITY CEMETERY
Hidalgo Co. Cemeteries of Tx
Submitted by Frances Isbell
With Permission of Hidalgo Co. Historical Commission (2006)
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LOCATION: South Avenue between 13th and 15th Streets, Donna, Texas.
HISTORY: Donna lies in the La Blanca Grant given to Lino Cavazos by Mexico in 1834. It was a station on the Hidalgo Branch of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad in 1904, when the city was founded. The first town lot was sold in 1908 by the Lott Town & Improvement Company.
Donna was named for Donna Hooks Fletcher, daughter of a townsite founder, Thomas Jackson Hooks. Other founders were A.F. Hester, Uriah Lott, Lon C. Hill and Sam Fordyce. La Blanca Agricultural Corporation (formed in 1902) developed the townsite. The city was incorporated on April 13, 1911.
Settlers began to move in by 1902. Ed Ruthven opened the first store there in 1907. He came from Run, short for RUthveN, a village seven miles south on the banks of the Rio Grande. After the 1909 flood, residents from Run moved up to the higher ground and settled West Donna. Run is considered as "Old Donna."
The city cemetery was probably established by 1910. It measures 800 feet east to west, and 600 feet north-south, occupying 11 acres. Records of burials are incomplete; some records were lost in a fire. The city employs a Cemetery Coordinator and the Public Works Department maintains the grounds.
|FIRST NAME||LAST NAME||BIRTH DATE||DEATH DATE||COMMENTS|
|FLETCHER||DONNA HOOKS||22 JUNE 1879||13 OCT 1969||D/O OF T.J. HOOKS; FOR WHOM DONNA, TEXAS, WAS NAMED|
|HESTER||A[LBERT] F[RANKLIN]||22 FEB 1847||5 NOV 1944||H/O MARY J. RICHARDSON HESTER; F/O MARY, FRANK,TOM,FORREST,MAGGIE. A FOUNDER OF DONNA, TEXAS. Bugler, Pvt, Regt 36, Miss. Inf. Volunteers, CSA, 1862; trfd Co E, ASHCRAFT Regt, Golson Brigade 1863-1865 under Gen. Bedford Forrest|
|HESTER||MARY JANE RICHARDSON||14 SEP 1859||15 SEP 1932||W/O A. F. HESTER SR|
|HOOKS||T[HOMAS] J[ACKSON]||18 APR 1850||3 APR 1922||H/O VIRGINIA TARVER HOOKS’ F/O DONNA AND BEATRIZ; A FOUNDER OF DONNA|
|HOOKS||VIRGINIA TARVER||27 MAY 1854||17 FEB 1933||W/O OF T. J. HOOKS; M/O DONNA AND BEATRIZ|
|JONES||FORREST LEE||25 Nov 1939||18 Feb 2007|
|McCLELLAN||HATTIE M. RUTHVEN||1894||1980||
|MCCLELLAN||BEATRIZ HOOKS||D/O T.J. AND VIRGINIA T. HOOKS|
|RUTHVEN||SALLIE SMITH||1874||1964||W/O GEORGE, SIS-IN-LAW OF EDWIN M. RUTHVEN 1867-1938|
|RUTHVEN||LINNIE CELESTE LANIUS||-||21 APR 1995||MOVED TO DONNA 1910 W/O BUEL CHARLES RUTHVEN DIED 1942; M/O LINDA LEE R. KELLOGG|