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Woman buried in Rondo cemetery in 1839 will get new headstone

Woman buried in Rondo cemetery in 1839 will get new headstone

June 18th, 2019 by Greg Bischof in Texarkana News

RONDO, Ark — The oldest grave inside the Old Rondo Cemetery will be getting a new headstone at 2 p.m., Wednesday.

The grave of Susan Owen, whose coffin was buried there in 1839, will be receiving the new headstone.

Susan Owen was the 6-year-old daughter of the Alexander Clarence Owen family — one of the first families to live in Rondo. The family donated a portion of their land to the Rondo Community, which in turn, established the Rondo Cemetery there in 1836.

During the last 180 years, this original headstone has detreated and become so worn to the point that it's almost now unreadable. It had also recently broken in half.

Stewart Memorial will be setting the new headstone and the public has been invited to attend the event.

The cemetery is one mile east of the North Rondo Road (Arkansas State Highway 237) and McClure Road.

For more information about the event, call 903-733-1699.

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