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Taken 14-Jul-07
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Keywords:Texas Cemeteries, Mason County Cemetery, Kothmann Cemetery
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Dimensions3008 x 2000
Original file size2.85 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken14-Jul-07 15:09
Date modified14-Jul-07 15:09
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Camera modelNIKON D50
Focal length18 mm
Focal length (35mm)27 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/4000 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
Metering modeSpot
Digital zoom1x
Kothmann Cemetery

Kothmann Cemetery

Mason County, Texas
30 44.308' N 99 06.669' W

Historical Marker: Heinrich Conrad Kothmann (1798-1881) and his wife Ilse Katherine Pahlmann (1810-1905) and their family sailed from Germany to Indianola, Texas in 1845. Among the first families to settle in Fredericksburg, the Kothmanns were issued a 640-acre land grant in Mason County in 1848. In 1856 they moved to Art and were among the first immigrant families in this area. A trained cabinetmaker and musician, Kothmann began ranching and acquired another 640-acre tract of land. Located on their former homestead, the Kothmann Cemetery is all that remains of the original ranch site. Containing only five graves, all of Kothmann family members, the graveyard began with the burial of Heinrich Conrad Kothmann in 1881. His wife Ilse is buried beside him. Their son Karl, the first of their family born in Texas, is buried here along with his wife Katherine (Hoerster) Kothmann. A fifth unmarked grave is thought to be that of a grandchild. Though most of the land was sold after Ilse's death in 1905, the family retained one acre including the cemetery property. The concrete wall and slab were constructed after 1937 to provide protection and ease in maintenance for the five graves. The family maintains the cemetery.