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Sat Mar 2, 2019, 02:57 PM

Cemetery granted state historical status in South TX town believed to be the oldest settlement in US

PEŅITAS, Texas (AP) — Norma Mandujano Herrera prayed before the grave of her great-grandmother, Sinforosa Perez Mandujano, where she lay interred in the St. Anthony Cemetery when a man approached her.

The Monitor reports the man, 96 years old, said that not only had her great-grandmother delivered him, but she was also responsible for delivering more than 90 percent of newborns as the town midwife.

"We didn't know that," Mandujano Herrera said, speaking on her and her sister's behalf. "The little we know, we've heard from townspeople."

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The small town, tucked between Palmview to the east and La Joya to the west, is believed to be the oldest settlement in the United States, De Luna said, tracing its establishment to the 1520s.

Read more: https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/ap/state/cemetery-in-south-texas-town-granted-state-historical-status/article_78e7ab40-b175-50bb-be51-27f344935818.html

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