Endangered Cemetery Report


(aka Savannah Pioneer Cemetery and Savannah Memorial Park)
Established circa 1851
Rosemead, Los Angeles County, California

Obituaries, Death Notices and Family Provided Information:

A - H

The following were forwarded to us by Karla Everett and Paula Hinkel.  Other information was extracted from other internet postings and family provided information.

These obituaries and death notices are in alphabetical order.  Use the Edit/Find window to search for your family's names.

DEATH NOTICES from the Los Angeles Times:

Apr 11, 1909                      [Biography of Henry Allgeyer]
The death of Mrs. Allgeyer on April 5 removed another pioneer resident from El Monte, she having lived in California since 1875, twenty years of which were spent here.  Mrs. Allgeyer had been confined to her bed for three years and death came as a blessed relief from suffering. - The remains were interred Wednesday in Savannah Cemetery beside those of her husband and son.

February 2, 1961, p. b12
ANGER, Mrs. Etta May, mother of Mrs. May H. Dult, Robert Anger and Walter A.
Anger. Services 11:30 a.m. Friday at chapel of Turner & Stevens, Alhambra.
Interment El Monte Cemetery.

March 8,1883, p. O_4:
The Duarte.
Died - On Tuesday evening, at ten o'clock, February 6, 1883, at the residence of Mr. Richard Poor, Miss Vina Beardslee, aged 17 years.  She was a native of the Duarte, being the youngest daughter of Dr. N. Beardslee.  The late Miss Beardslee was a promising young lady, and had many friends.  On the occasion of her burial, which occurred on Thursday, the 8th ult., the Duarte public school, of which she had been a member, closed, and a large procession followed her remains to the cemetery at Savannah.  The following Sunday the Rev. B.F. Coulter, of the Christian Church, of which Miss Beardslee had been a member, preached her funeral to a large concourse of people at the Duarte schoolhouse.  As I have not seen any notice of Miss Beardslee's death in your paper I mention it at this late date.  Cumtux."

       Same issue and page:  "Dr. N. Beardslee, the oldest American settler upon the Duarte, having lived here for twenty years, has sold his old home place of twenty-eight acres for $5600.  There are some valuable English walnut trees on this place."

April 28, 1901                    [Biography of William C. Bell]
BELL - In El Monte, Cal., April 24, 1901.  Rebecca Ann, wife of William C. Bell, mother of Thomas, Charles M., Jack, George, James of El Monte, Mrs. Susie Wandling of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Annie Baker of Santa Monica.  Mrs. Bell was born at Clinton, De Witt County, Ill., June 7, 1834, and drove across the plains to California via Texas, in 1858, and has resided in El Monte ever since.  Interment was at Savannah Cemetery, April 25, 1901.

October 16, 1955, p a24
Funeral Services to be conducted by Pierce Brothers:  John M. Best.  El
Monte Cemetery.

March 20, 1885, p. O_3
Real Estate Transfers
1) Hattie V. Hindes to Edwin BESWICK, 10 acres in section 35, township 4 S, range 10 W, $250
2) H.W. Head and C.D. Adams to Edwin BESWICK, interest in Sobrante of Ro [Rancho] Santiago de Santa Ana, $850.

1894, p.
Santa Ana Brevities.
Miss Alice Blackley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blackley of Savannah, died at the home of her parents August 29, at the age of 19 years.  Miss Blackley was well-known in this city, having spent some time here with her sister, Mrs. James Browne and her aunt, Mrs. Jim Hickey.

August 18, 1942 pg 12
BLACKLEY.  Services for Alice Means Blackley, beloved wife of John Blackley,
2 p.m. Thursday at Schanel Mortuary, 444 South Tyler avenue, El Monte.
Interment, El Monte Cemetery.   
     [Note: John Blackley was the son of Charles and Minerva Blackley.  See Biography of Charley Blackley.]

October 18, 1939 pg 13 and October 19, 1939 pg 19
BLACKLEY - Frank Edward. October 17 at El Monte, beloved son of John and
Alice Blackley
and brother of Charles Blackley.  Services at 2 p.m. Thursday
October 19 at Schanel Funeral Parlors. Interment at El Monte Cemetery.

Death Certificate Transcription #406 (2000), BOYNTON, Stephen Harvey:
Stephen Harvey Boynton
d. 1/10/1949 7:20pm 
Male Cauc. 
b. 3/7/1884 MI 
Age = 64 
Occupation: Pipefitter, So CA Gas Co 
f. Arthur Harvey Boynton 
m. Marriete Miller 
Spouse: Informant: Ellen Margaret Boynton 
Deathplace: 1406 Eunice Ave, El Monte 
Lived in community 11 years 
Cause: Coronary Thrombosis 7 months Coronary orteriosclerosis week Generalized orteriosclerosis unknown length 
Burial: 1/12/1949 El Monte Cemetery 
Funeral Director: JM Schanel, El Monte

January 21, 1887, p. 2
Two Burglars Found Guilty.
Charles White and Joseph Brown had a jury trial in Judge Cheney's court yesterday.  They were charged with having stolen a double-barreled shotgun from the house of W.C. Bullard, near the Monte depot on the 15th of November last.  The jury found them guilty of burglary in the second degree.

July 20, 1882, p. O_3
Mary Chilson to Cementha L. Cooper, e 1/2 of sw 1/4 of nw 1/4 of sec 12, T1S, R 10 W, 10 acres, $1.00.

November 16, 1963
COFFIN, Lida, beloved mother of Mrs. Grace Collison, of Rosemead.  Funeral
services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at El Monte Masonic Temple.  Interment El
Monte Cemetery.  Roy C. Addleman & Son, El Monte, directors.

February 21, 1902 - pg. A5
The funeral of Mrs. A. P. Cooper, who died Monday night after a long illness
with heart disease, was held at her late home on Philadelphia street at 9
o'clock this morning.  Dr. L. D. Johnson officiated.  The remains were taken
to El Monte for burial.   [note: listed in directory as C. L. Cooper./phinkel]

        Re:  Cementha L. Cooper  (L.A. Times, July 20, 1882, p. O_3):  Mary Chilson to Cementha L. Cooper, e 1/2 of sw 1/4 of nw 1/4 of sec 12, T1S, R 10 W, 10 acres, $1.00.

May 2, 1883, p. O_4
Samuel Craig, of El Monte, recently died, leaving his ranch and personal property to an old friend, Judge S.M. Wilson, formerly of Santa Clara, who cared for him in his last illness.

May 3, 1883, p. O_4

Notice of Sale.
In pursuance of an order made and entered in the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles, State of California, on the 30th day of April, A.D. 1883, in the matter of the Estate of Samuel Craig, deceased, I will proceed to sell to the highest bidder, for case, at public auction, on the TWELFTH DAY OF MAY, 1883, between the hours of ten and twelve o'clock A.M., at the late residence of said Samuel Craig, deceased, about one-half mile east from Savanna, in said county, the following personal property, to-wit:  100 bushels of corn in the ear, and 25 cords of willow wood.
    Dated Los Angeles, April 30th, 1883,  JAMES FULTON, for the Estate of Samuel Craig. my1-td.

November 21, 1902 pg. 12
Noah Cummings, one of the pioneers of California, died yesterday at his home
in El Monte, aged 62 years. He had been a patient sufferer from paralysis
twenty years. Mr. Cummings was well known and had many friends.

January 27, 1948
DAVIS, Jennie May.  Services were held 1 p.m. Monday at Pierce Brothers'
Monterey Park, 179 East Garvey Boulevard. Interment El Monte Cemetery.

November 12, 1955 pg a10 and November 13, 1955 pg a33
DIETZEL, John W.  November 10 of 1040 South Simmons Avenue, Montebello Park,
formerly of Puente, loving father of Marjorie Gibson and Theodore Dietzel,
brother of Julius Dietzel, Mrs. Jennie Booth and Mrs. Clara Hambleton, also
survived by 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Services Monday, 2
p.m. at chapel of Custer & Christiansen, Covina. Interment El Monte

February 1, 1948
DIETZEL, Mary J., at 1040 South Simmons, East Los Angeles. January 30,
beloved wife of J. W. Dietzel, loving mother of Marjorie Gibson of East Los
Angeles and T. L. Dietzel of Long Beach, sister of Mrs. Sarah Ahlquist of
Upland and Mrs. Margaret Spohn of Redondo. Funeral services 2 p.m. Tuesday,
Feburary 3, at the chapel of Custer & Christiansen, Covina. Interment El
Monte Cemetery, Rosemead.

April 19, 1898
George W. Dobyns, an old resident of El Monte, died yesterday.  He had been
in business in El Monte for twenty-five years.  The funeral tomorrow will be
conducted by the Masons.

Jul 2, 1902
PIONEER WOMAN DEAD         [Biography of William R. Dodson]
EL MONTE, July 1 - The funeral of Mrs. W. R. Dodson [Carrie] was held yesterday afternoon, and was very largely attended.  The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Dunham of Pasadena.  Friends of the deceased, occupying about eighty carriages, followed the remains to their last resting place in Savannah Cemetery, where three generations of the Dodson family are at rest. The floral decorations were handsome and profuse.  The death of Mrs. Dodson removes one of the few women who braved the dangers of the plains, she having driven across the continent with her husband and two small babies, arriving at Downey in 1868, and removing to El Monte in 1870, when there were but few white settlers in Southern California.

Aug 3, 1902
DODSON - At El Monte, Cal., August 2, 1902, Ralph Cedric Dodson, infant son of E. J. Dodson, a native of El Monte, Cal., aged 8 months.  Funeral from  residence of his parents at El Monte, Monday afternoon, 2 o'clock.  Friends invited to attend.  Interment Savannah Cemetery.

Feb 27, 1949
Funeral services for Fred William Dorman, 65, owner of a trucking firm, will be conducted tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Pierce Bros. Monterey Park Chapel.  A native of Germany, he had lived at 302 E. Whitmore St. Wilmar, and died Thursday in Mt. Sinai Hospital.  He leaves his widow, Emma Mae Dorman.  Interment will follow in El Monte Cemetery.

May 16, 1949
Funeral services for Chester M. Doyle, 62, realty and mining broker and former mayor of El Monte, who died Saturday at California Hospital, will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the First Methodist Church of Baldwin Park.  He lived at 963 S Merced St., Baldwin Park.  He leaves, besides his widow, a son, Robert, and two grandchildren, all of Baldwin Park.  Interment will be at El Monte Cemetery, by the Baldwin Park Funeral Home.

March 11, 1896, p. 6
Licensed to Wed.
Alfred DRAKE, 23 years old, a native New Yorker and a resident of El Monte, and Myra MAXON (MAXSON), 22 years old, a native California(n) and residing in El Monte.

October 24, 1920
Death Take Octogenarian of El Monte Before He can Cast Vote for Harding

           James Devine Durfee
(Photo courtesy of El Monte Museum and Paula Hinkel)

Cheated of his dearest wish to vote for Harding and Coolidge at the coming
election, James Devine Durfee, a resident of Southern California for more
than sixty years and one of the original subscribers to The Times, died late
Saturday at his home in El Monte.  He was 80 years of age.

The sixteenth child in a family of nineteen children, Mr. Durfee was left an
orphan in Quincy, Ill., when less than 7 years old. At 15, after having
faced many of the hardships of frontier life in Illinois in the early
fifties, he joined an emigrant train of sixty-five prarie schooners at
Council Bluffs, Iowa, and started for the unknown West.

After almost five months of hardships, the little band, saddened by the loss
of two of its members in encounters with the Indians, reached San
Bernardino.  Mr. Durfee remained there for three years, and when he was 18
years of age married Miss Diantha B. Clemenson, a resident of San
Bernardino.  The next year the couple moved to the homestead near El Monte,
on which they lived continuously for more than sixty years.

Mr. Durfee not only accumulated a large amount of valuable land around El
Monte, but also took a prominent part in movements to advance that section
of the county and also in a number of projects of state-wide importance.  As
a delegate many times in succession to county and State Republican
conventions he was widely known in political circles.  For more than a
quarter of a century he was a trustee of La Puente school and took a keen

Mr. Durfee leaves a widow, a daughter, Mrs. Albert Slack, and a son, James
R. Durfee, all residing a short distance outside of El Monte. The funeral
services will be conducted by Rev. R. M. Webster of Sierra Madre and Rev. J.
D. Croan of El Monte at the Durfee home tomorrow at 2 p.m., after which the
body will be taken to Evergreen Cemetery for cremation.

[Note: The article states that the body was taken to Evergreen Cemetery for
cremation.  However, the directory definitely lists him--I just don't know
if the ashes were interred./phinkel]

September 18, 1938 pg A20
ETHINGTON - John Henry Ethington of El Monte, beloved husband of Nora D.
Ethington, father of Cuma Troesh, Gorden, Emery Berry and Harry Ethington.
Services Monday 3:30 p.m. at J. L. Schanel Funeral Parlors, El Monte.
Interment, El Monte Cemetery.

July 27, 1888, p. 4
Woods Full of Campers.
  [Riverside Press.]
The woods are full of campers from Mountain Home, Mill Creek Canon, near Peter Forsee's, to Bear Valley Reservoir....

October 1, 1933, pg. C9
Francisco Rites to be Tomorrow: Covered Wagon Pioneer's Body to be Interred
in El Monte Cemetery

Funeral services for Mrs. Kate B. Francisco, pioneer resident of Southern
California and widely known Los Angeles clubwoman, who died last Thursday
will be conducted tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at the Bresee Brothers' chapel, 855
South Figueroa street

Active pallbearers were announced yesterday as William L. Riley, Hugh
McGuire, Charles Smith, Edward Powell, Leslie R. Hewitt and Douglas Adams.

Mrs. Francisco, who died at her summer home at Laguna Beach, had maintained
a home at 143 South Figueroa street for years.  She was born in a covered
wagon near Fort Cummings, N. M., near the present city of Deming, while her
parents were on their way to California from Texas.  She was 64 years of age
at the time of death.

Actively interested in civic welfare work, she was one of the original
organizers of the City Mothers Club of Los Angeles and was a life member of
the Friday Morning Club.  She was also a member of the exclusive Covered
Wagon Club.

She leaves her husband, Andy W. Francisco, whose father was once allied with
Gen. Harrison Grey Otis in the operation of The Times, and two sisters, Mrs.
Pearl Atheran of San Francisco and Mrs. Nellie Durand.

Interment will be made in the Savannah Cemetery, El Monte.

June 4, 1899, p.A8
Marriage Licenses.
Ellis FRANKLIN, a native of California, aged 28 years, and a resident of Savannah, and May CUMMINGS, a native of California, aged 20 years, and a resident of El Monte.

Los Angeles Times August 22, 1933 pg 10

EL MONTE Aug. 21 - Funeral services for 63-year-old Jackson Freer, pioneer
resident, who died here yesterday, will be conducted tomorrow at 10 a.m. in
Church of the Nativity.  Services previously had been accounted for
Wednesday morning.

Jan 18, 1924, p. 10
"Uncle Jim" Freer Came Over Old Truckee Route in Ox-cart at Age of 6
[Local Correspondence]
EL MONTE, Jan 17. - James Bascome Freer, pioneer resident of El Monte, known many years as "Uncle Jim," died at his home in Monrovia Wednesday, 81 years of age.  Mr. Freer was 6 years of age when he came with his parents to California, so that he was a genuine forty-niner, and had lived in this State for almost three-quarters of a century.

He was born in Missouri on April 14, 1843, and journeyed West in 1849 in an ox-car over the old Truckee route, the trip requiring five months.  The family made its first settlement in Santa Clara county.  In 1852, Mr. Freer came with his father on a prospect trip to southern California, and they were so favorably impressed that they moved with their family to San Gabriel Valley, where they, their children  and their grandchildren have since resided.

Mr. Freer was married to Miss Sarah Hoffer, daughter of another well-known pioneer family, on March 26, 1868, and leaves his widow and four children, Mrs. Ida Avis of Ramon Acres, Edridge Freer of Ojai, and Wallace and George Freer of Monrovia.

"Uncle Jim" was a life long member of the El Monte Baptist Church, established in 1858.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Shakespeare Clubrooms, El Monte, tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., Rev. George Taylor of Los Angeles officiating.  Interment will be in the old Savannah Cemetery.

June 13, 1936, pg A-11                         [Biography of Thomas Freer]
FREER - Thomas Freer, June 11, of El Monte, Cal., husband of Victoria Freer;
father of Merle Love, Walter and Thomas Freer, Jr., of El Monte.  Services
Sunday, 2:30 p.m. at the J. M. Schanel parlors. Interment, El Monte

Oct 26, 1942 
EL MONTE. Oct. 25. - Funeral services were conducted today in Schanel
Mortuary for Mrs. Victoria Freer, who died Thursday morning.

For years a member of the Degree of Honor Lodge and active in the Savannah
Cemetery Association, Mrs. Freer had lived in El Monte more than 64 years on
the old Freer ranch.  She leaves two sons, Walter and Dr. Thomas P. Freer; a
daughter, Merle Freer Love, all of El Monte; a sister, Janie Freer of San
Gabriel, and a brother, Frank Schmidt of Tulare.   

May 21, 1946, pg 8
FULKERSON, Roger L., of 2952 S. San Gabriel Blvd., Wilmar, beloved son of
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Fulkerson, brother of Mace G., Steven V., Thomas A.,
Allen R., Alice G & Helen. Services will be conducted Wed. at 2 p.m. from
the "Chapel of the Valley."  Lee R. Hill Mortuary, Temple City.  Interment
El Monte Cemetery.

December 14, 1933, pg 16
GARNER. Rudolph C. Garner, loving husband of Cora M. Garner, member of
Sunnyside Masonic Lodge, No. 577. F&AM.  Friends will assemble at the
parlors of L. F. Utter Co., at 10625 South Broadway. Services at 2 o'clock
at the grave in El Monte Cemetery.

Dec 16, 1903
AZUSA. DEC 15. - Caleb Garrett died Sunday at his home near Azusa.  The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at El Monte, the interment being at the Savannah Cemetery.  Mr. Garrett was a native of Tennessee, and was 84? years of age.  He formerly lived in El Monte, and for the past half dozen years has made his home on his orange ranch, a part of the Slauson tract, which he purchased in 1897.

Dec. 18, 1903, p. A7
C. Garrett, who died in Azusa last week, was buried in the El Monte Cemetery yesterday.

Times May 27, 1960
Mrs. Emma J. Garrett:  Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Garrett, 88, will be
conducted today at 3 p.m. in Pierce Bros. Monterey Park Chapel, followed by
interment in El Monte Cemetery.  Born in Oregon, Mrs. Garrett had been a
Calfironia resident for 68 years.  She lived at 360 Big Dalton Ave., La
Puente, and died on Wednesday.  Mrs. Garrett leaves a grandson, Jordan A.
Garrett; two great-grandchildren, Jayne and Lloyd Garrett; a sister, Elva
Rambo, and two brothers, Wallace and Willard Hoeye.

Nov. 9, 1891, p. 7
GIBSON - F.W. Gibson at Savannah, aged 83 years.  Funeral from his late residence at Savannah today at 2 p.m.  Friends and acquaintenances are invited to attend.  Deceased was the father of E.D. Gibson, Sheriff of Los Angeles county.

April 21, 1888, p. 3
Mr. Brace Gibson of Savannah yesterday buried his only remaining child.  [Note: Luty Etta Gibson]  Less than a month ago his young and amiable wife [Note: Luty Velmar Gibson] was laid to rest, a victim of that fell disease, consumption.  Mr. Gibson has the sincere sympathy of his friends in his bereavement.

September 28, 1938 pg A20
GRAYBILL - Services for Josephine E. Graybill 2 p.m. today at the graveside
in El Monte Cemetery.  Pierce Brothers, directors.

Jun 30, 1917
EL MONTE, June 29. - Unable to stand the gibes of fellow-workmen at a local creamery, who criticized him because of his Prussian sympathies, Gus Grippenthrong walked out of his residence, corner Lexington and Main streets, to the rear of his house and cut his throat yesterday.  He died a few minutes later. - The funeral services will be held on Saturday afternoon at the residence at 2 o'clock.  Burial will be at the Savannah Cemetery.

Dec. 1, 1918, p. I8
EL MONTE, Nov. 30. - Mr. and Mrs. Richard Guess received official notice yesterday of the death of their son, Sergt. John Guess.  He was wounded in the Argonne Forest early in October, and death occurred on November 7.  He entered the service in September, 1917, and was with Co. H. Three Hundred and Sixty-fourth Infantry, Ninety-first Division.  Early last July he went overseas and entered active service on September 26.

          - see STEELE

Mar 17, 1942
HADDOX.  Eli Milton Haddox.  Services 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Schanel Mortuary, 444 South Tyler, El Monte.  Interment, El Monte Cemetery.

From:   Vida Permelia Haggard Family Tree on

Vida Permelia Haggard (OGFN: 513998718)
    Birth: 29 DEC 1876 at Fearn Springs, (Winston), Mississippi
    Death: 14 MAR 1959 at Rosemead Cemetery, Los Angeles, (Los Angeles), California

January 7, 1960 pg b14
Mrs. Bessie Hannah:  Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie M. Hannah, 69, will be
conducted today at 1 p.m. in Pierce Bros. Monterey Park Chapel, followed by
interment in El Monte Cemetery.  Born in Michigan, Mrs. Hannah had been a
California resident for 53 years.  She lived at 2719 Stingle Ave., South San
Gabriel, and died in Pico Rivera Hospital on Tuesday.  Mrs. Hannah leaves
her husband Robert; a daughter, Cleo Halby; two sons, Joe B and James R
Myers, and 10 grandchildren.

Sep 4, 1929
HEINZE. At Puente, September 2, Clara A. Heinze, aged 73 years, beloved mother of Mrs. Edwin Booth of Wasco, Cal., Mrs. Charles Hambleton of Los Angeles, J. W. Ditzel of Puente and Julius Ditzel of Montebello. - Funeral services will be held from the Community Church, Puente, Thursday, September 5, at 2 p.m.  Interment, Savannah Cemetery, Custer, Christiansen and Moore, Covina, directors.

August 9, 1883, pg O-4
Robert Huett died yesterday at the Sisters' Hospital and was interred at El
Monte. (Is listed; name in directory spelled *HEWITT*. Death date recorded
as August 7, 1883./phinkel)

October 16, 1904, pg. 11
EL MONTE - Walnut Belt Notes
EL MONTE October 15 - Mrs. Carrie Hughes died at 6:15 p.m. on Friday at her
home, after an illness of several weeks of typhoid fever.  The funeral
services will take place tomorrow.  A daughter, Miss Emma Hughes, is
seriously ill of typhoid fever.