This cemetery is called Pumpkin Cemetery, Capitan Mountain Cemetery, Hester Cemetery, and Vest-Hyde Cemetery. This small cemetery has several unidentified graves that were the final resting place for young and old people who died of diphtheria in 1902-1903. Nearby are the remains of the old Pumpkin Center rural schoolhouse foundation and cistern. This area was once the largest producer of Pumpkins in the SW.
Please click to see the committee that placed headstones on July 1, 2007 near Capitan, New Mexico of George Washington Vest, and Parthena Glasscock Vest. Back row: Jon Weddle (Juandell Vest Weddle's son), J. W. Calaway, Alan Summers (Ray's son), Ray Summers (son of Hazel Vest Summers, Charlie Hanna, Ellen & Homer Hanna, T. J. Hanna (Charlie & Dolores' grandson) Dolores Hanna. Seated: Juandell Weddle, Peggy Hanna Boarman, Doug Hanna, Lola Hanna (Doug's wife), Louise Hanna Calaway. Those not in picture -- Ann Summers (Alan's wife) and Tiffany Hanna (Charlie & Dolores' granddaughter). There were 16 present at the cemetery to do the restoration. (Access is restricted.)
Last First Middle Maiden BORN DIED Name Name Name Name Month Day Year Month Day Year Foller Dicy 6 1846 4 20 1907 Hyde George Riley 1882 9 9 1945 Hyde Martha Augusta 10 10 1896 9 5 1987 Keathley Ethel Hyde 8 16 1886 9 24 1965 Vest George Washington (Rev.) 6 19 1817 3 31 1903 Vest Parthena Thurman Glasscock 2 8 1822 10 13 1902