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From: "Sue Silver" <>
Subject: [CAButte] California Saving Graves Website - UPDATED
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 15:53:56 -0700
As the new State Coordinator, I have recently been working on updating the California Saving Graves website. We hope you will visit the site and take a look at what information is available there. The URL is http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ca/state/.
The ENDANGERED CEMETERY REPORTS have been updated to include two new cemetery reports - PACHECO CEMETERY (Contra Costa County) and HOPETON CEMETERY (Merced County).
Of particular interest are the events surrounding the Pacheco Cemetery. This pathetic historic cemetery has been bounced around under private ownership since it was "shed" by the IOOF in the early 1970s. Since 1998, when the owner at that time was ordered out of the cemetery business by the State of California, this cemetery has been left abandoned by the County and the State.
The Friends of Pacheco Cemetery performed outstanding research that we believe proves the public acquired legal title to this cemetery through operation of law (former Political Code section 3105). Despite this, the board of supervisors of Contra Costa County has chosen to default in their duty to the public by refusing to claim the public's legal title to this cemetery. This will be an interesting case to follow.
Be sure to check the link, More about Pacheco Cemetery. We would like you to let Contra Costa County know that California will be watching as they stand by and let this cemetery fall into yet another set of private hands.
There are many lessons to be learned through this one cemetery alone. Please contact Christine Williams, spokesperson for Friends of Pacheco Cemetery if you have family or friends interred in this cemetery. Her email address is .
For the Hopeton Cemetery in Merced County, we included some history on the area. I have already contacted the supervisor of the district where it is located. Supervisor Deidre Kelsey forwarded my inquiry to the Snelling Cemetery District, but I have heard nothing from the district or the supervisor's office since my original inquiry. It may be that the district has not yet met to take up my request for information about the Hopeton Cemetery.
In the days and weeks to come I hope to continue adding to this website. There is a lot of information that will help those interested in historic cemetery protection and preservation and it will take some time to add it all. Please visit the site often to check on it's progress.
If you should have any questions about the website, about California Saving Graves or about becoming a County Coordinator for your county, please feel free to contact me.
I would also like to thank all the people who have expressed appreciation for my efforts on behalf of our state's historic cemeteries. As I have said to them personally, this is not something I do alone. Your support and response has been extremely helpful and valuable.
Together we, as Californian's, CAN make a difference in how the old grave yards and cemeteries of our ancestors are treated. They are irreplaceable historical and cultural resources. They must be protected and preserved for the generations to come.
Sue Silver, State Coordinator
California Saving Graves
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