Legacies engrained in Midway Cemetery


The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) Reverend John Haynie Chapter and the Madison County Historical Commission held a memorial medallion marking for the historic route of the Old San Antonio Road (OSR) and for deceased DRT member Julia Louise Robinson Wakefield on Saturday at the Midway Cemetery.

“We have come today to pay respect to all those who once walked this road, many of whom became staunch citizens of our Republic,” said Mary Ann Caldwell during the OSR ceremony’s call to remembrance. “Remember today those that are gone. Let us call to remembrance the great, the good and those who were honored in their generation.”

Also speaking during the dedication to the OSR was DTR John Haynie Chapter President Maisie Temme, Pat Stephenson, Donnie Moore, Sue Cobb and Nancy Page. Mayor Tony Leago was also in attendance and said a few words.

Inside the graveyard, the ceremony’s second half was led by Temme and devoted to remembering DRT member Julia Louise Robinson Wakefield, who was born in 1863 and passed away in 1949. A medallion was placed upon the tombstone she shares with her husband Albert.

Members of the DRT each placed a flower at the foot of her stone and multiple family members were in attendance.

Along with Temme, the crowd heard from Elayne Campbell, Bonne Hendrix and Patsy Strawther.

Following both dedications, a reception was held for all attendees inside Fellowship Hall next to the cemetery.