Beth Israel Cemetery (Oakwood)

I can't begin to explain how fascinated I am with this headstone. It gives me the shivers, but in a good way. Wouldn't you love to know the story behind this man?


Elias Olenick, Jewish businessman and shopkeeper, ran a clothing store just west of Congress Avenue and Sixth Street. On December 12, 1877 he was shot and killed by a disgruntled customer just out side the front door of his establishment, making him the first member of Austin's Jewish community to be murdered. The crime caused a local sensation and was written up in the "Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of Appeals of the State of Texas, Vo. VIII." Mr. Olenick is buried at Oakwood Cemetery, where his tombstone, one of the more unique, bears the inscription containing the word "murdered."