Nearly a century later a similar event occurred, after the San Antonio Express-News reported on January 5, 1995, that representatives of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in Waco were in San Antonio to exhume the remains of the famous Ranger Capt. Samuel H. Walker, a hero of the Mexican war and designer of the Walker Colt revolver. With his descendents' permission, they were to move his remains to Waco.
Lee Spencer of Freer in south Texas, president of the Alamo Defenders Descendents Association and third vice president of the DRT, read the report and rushed to San Antonio, where she discovered that the Rangers from Waco had already begun digging up the grave of Walker with a backhoe. The grave was partly open beside a large, long pile of black, gravelly clay.
Spense got a restraining order to stop the exhumation, based on old newspaper reports which she presented to show the likelihood that the remains of Alamo defenders were buried in the very same area and might be disturbed. History shows that Walker's dying wish had been fulfilled when he was buried next to another former Texas Ranger, Capt. R. A. Gillespie in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Pine and Paso Hondo streets.
Huh, I said to myself, I bet I know exactly where that is! In fact, I have a picture of it. After today's discussion of a potential Texas State Firearm, I decided to go over to the Odd Fellows Cemetery and take a closer look-see and get better photographs.
And so I did.
Sadly, the little chained-off area is a testament to the necessity the article outlines. There are four things, aside from the historical marker, in it: a small metal cross, a two large obelisks, and a smaller, nearly flat-to-the-ground headstone.
This is the cross:
This is the next-closest thing:
So I went over to the other two things:
Chuck Norris in my head, of course.) The larger stone has some information about where and when he was killed. The smaller is a more traditional tombstone of the old military sort:
Anyway, notice what's missing here? That's right--there is nothing for Capt. Gillespie. There were a couple of these:
Still it's disappointing.
I took a lot of other pictures while I was out today, by the way, but they're going to be put at the end of the queue as far as Walkin' the East Side goes, since I'm trying to maintain chronological order. However, I cannot resist including this photograph I took whilst in City Cemetery #1: