Coker Cemetery Association, San Antonio, Texas

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Coker Community book

We are happy to announce that the Trustees of Coker Cemetery Association have reached an agreement with Gayle Brennan Spencer to write a book about Coker Community. You may recognize Gayle’s name as she recently wrote the book, Last Farm Standing on Buttermilk Hill about longtime Coker Community residents, Max and Minnie Voelcker [click here for details]. Gayle is beginning her research and would welcome your help in gathering information. See her request below along with a blog she has started about the book.

Coker Cemetery Association
Butch Gerfers, President


A page recording births and weddings in a family Bible. A brand registration from the late 1800s. A class photo from the old Coker schoolhouse. A tax return from the 1920s. A long-forgotten diary or letters tucked away in a shoebox. Memories your grandfather shared with you about your family’s arrival in San Antonio or life on the farm.

We are looking for chards such as these to piece together a story of the lives of the hardworking dairy farming families who lived just north of San Antonio, clustered around what is now Loop 410. These families were unified by school, church and graveyard into a tightly knit community – the Coker settlement, and the Coker Cemetery Association plans to reunite these families in a book.

A walk through the Coker Cemetery reveals some of the names of the farming families populating the settlement: Coker, Gerfers, Hampton, Harrison, Jones, Marmon, Smith, Tomerlin, Autry, DeKunder, Gulick, Harper, Isom, Maltsberger, Pipes, Tomasini and Voelcker. While their dairy farms in the area known as Buttermilk Hill have been swallowed up by the growth of San Antonio, the nonprofit association maintaining this historical cemetery knows their stories merit preservation.

As family members have scattered away from their farms, remnants of the area’s history have scattered with them. The Coker Cemetery Association wants to bring these back together as a gift to the descendents of all who rest under the tombstones behind the old Coker church.

Charged with the task of weaving bits of historical information together into a book illuminating this oft-forgotten portion of San Antonio’s rural heritage, I am asking you to introduce me to your ancestors from the Coker community. Please search your study, basement and attics and dust off the cobwebs in your mind to share memories and artifacts that will help with this project.

Please contact me with anything you find at, and thank you for this opportunity.

Gayle Brennan Spencer
Coker Book blog

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