Hidalgo Co. Cemeteries of Tx

Submitted by Frances Isbell

With Permission  of Hidalgo Co. Historical Commission (2005)

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LOCATION: On Hidalgo-Starr County line(indefinite boundary).  From US 281 at Linn, drive west 20 miles on FM1017 to La Reforma, just across Starr County line  Continue on FM 1017 for l.5 miles past a gated locked private road which leads north to ranch headquarters. Continue on FM1017 for 0.9 miles. Proceed northeast on caliche county road 1.2 miles. Cemetery is on east side of road. 

SURVEYED: Nick Hinojosa for Hispanic Genealogy Society about 1976. Ben and Kathy Olivarez, Bill MacWhorter and Fran Isbell on Sept. 16, 1995. 

HISTORY:  The Olivarez family came to the Rio Grande Valley in 1749, when Joseph Valentin Olivarez settled in Camargo. He moved in 1752 to help found Mier. Five generations later, his ggggrandson Hilario was ranching at La Cotula, now Olivarez Ranches headquarters.  He married Romula Barrera, heiress to part of  neighboring La Reforma Ranch. When his father died in 1943, their son Miguel operated the ranch, and passed it on to his son Ben. With his wife Kathy Gerald, Ben raises prize-winning Santa Gertrudis cattle.  This family cemetery was apparently founded in the 20th century.  Earliest marked grave is 1904.    

A01 [wood cross]

A02 MARIA DE LA PAZ SAENZ Feb 2, 1862-Apr 1, 1945 Sus hijos dedican este recuerdo

A03 ANGELITA OLIVAREZ *Aug 22, 1937 +Dec 8, 1939  Un recuerdo de sus padres DEP

A04 DARIO OLIVAREZ Dec 19, 1857-July 16, 1935  Un recuerdo de su esposa Maria de la Paz e hijos

A05 HILARIO OLIVAREZ  Jan 14, 1875-June 29, 1943  [Son of Eulogio and Ma.Antonia Lopez O] 

A06 ROMULA B[ARRERA] OLIVAREZ Feb 17, 1879-Dec 21, 1931.  [Wife of Hilario; curbing]

A07 EULOGIO OLIVAREZ G. and A. LOPEZ de OLIVAREZ   Padre E. Jun 16, 1833-Dec 4, 1920 a la edad 87;  Un recuerdo dedican por AOL, HOL, MOL, BOL, AOL. [HOL is Hilario Olivarez, others  Agustin,Mercedes, Blasa,  Andrea]                                                         Madre ANTONIA L. de Olivarez *Aug 18, 1830 +Aug 4, 1904 a la edad 72 anos. Sus hijos DOL [Dario?]           

B01 [concrete cross, child]

B02 LEONEL ALVARADO 1935-Oct 10, 1953         Un recuerdo de sus padres y hermanos [Died of a football injury; son of Simona B04; cousin to Ben Olivarez] 

B03  EUGENIIO ALVARADO 1904-1955 [married Simona Olivarez]

B04   SIMONA O. ALVARADO 1907-1987  age 79

B05 LUIS OLIVAREZ SR Aug 24-1898-Apr 8, 1961  [brother to Hilario]

B06 MACARIA C. OLIVAREZ Jan 2, 1899-Mar 14, 1987. Age 88 [double headstone with Luis B05]

B07 E. ?. O. [wood cross]

C01 MARIA S. GARZA  Jan 17, 1914-Feb 5, 1992 [double with C02]

C02 AMADO GARZA Sep 13, 1890-Feb 5, 1991

C03 MIGUEL O. GARZA Sep 22, 1902-Nov 11, 1989 [in center of triple plot with C01,C02,curb]

C04 BLASA O. GARZA Aug 18, 1970 Age 94  Her children Amado, Amelia and Miguel, her daughter-in-law Maria S. Garza dedicate this memorial.  [One of Hilario's sisters, per Ben O.]

C05  SOTERO GARZA Apr 19, 1952 Age 78   His wife Blasa O. de Garza, his children Amado,Amelia and Miguel, his daughter-in-law Maria S. Garza dedicate this memorial. 

C06 [empty space]

C07 ROMUALDO GARZA Feb 7, 1925-Aug 10, 1952 Un recuerdo de su esposa y hijos, padre, madre, y hermanos [curb]

C08-C09 [vacant]

C10  DARIO OLIVAREZ, U.S. Army, Korea       Nov 15, 1928- Aug 14, 1984 [double headstone with C11]

C11 OLGA OLIVAREZ May 18, 1931- Parents of Bibi, Gloria, and Dario Jr. (Double headstone with C10]

C12 ALFREDO OLIVAREZ  Sp3, U.S.Army Korea Nov 29, 1931-Jan 7, 1994 [brother of Dario; double headstone with C13]

C13 LUCINDA J. OLIVAREZ, Sep 8, 1937-         [double headstone with c12]

C14 [wood cross]

C15 GUADALUPE O. MENDEZ Sep 30, 1901-Feb 12, 1968  Un recuerdo de su esposo y hijos         MARTIN H. MENDEZ Aug 27, 1895-Sep 16, 1979