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:

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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:

Johnson, Alfred M., died 22 Aug. 1855 at El Monte

From Richard O. Johnson, descendant:

Thanks for posting the information about the El Monte/Savannah
Cemetery on the Modoc County list. My great-great-great-grandfather
is supposedly buried there, Alfred M. Johnson, who died in El Monte
in 1855.
He was the father of the fabled "Capt. William Johnson" who
led one of the early wagon trains to El Monte in 1852. The story as I
heard it is that his marker was made of wood, and burned at some
point when a grass fire hit the cemetery
. There are some other family
members buried there. I will send you complete information soon; I'm
at work now and don't have it at hand. I've visited the cemetery two
or three times; it would be very sad to see it destroyed.

[Note:  The notion that wooden headboards all burned when grass fires swept through cemeteries is generally more legend than fact.  Grass fires move very rapidly and generally will not long enough near wooden headboards to completely wipe them out.  A headboard would have to be in an extremely decayed condition to burn away completely in a grass fire.  S. Silver.]

May 4, 1963 pg. 17
JUDSON, Mrs. Amy S., of 117 E. San Marino Ave., Alhambra, passed away May 2,
1963, a native of Massachusetts and a resident of this area 59 years, mother
of Mrs. Mabel Kelly, Mrs. Carrie Kahl, Mrs. Ruby Mae Sherwood, Mrs. Grace
Schmeideberg and Theo Judson; also survived by 7 grandchildren and 15
great-grandchildren.  Services 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the chapel of the DuBois
Funeral Home, 116 N. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel.  Dr. Donald W. Dickson
officiant. Private interment El Monte Cemetery.

October 28, 1937
KENNEDY - Wilbert Kennedy of 11117 Sarah Street, North Hollywood, beloved
husband of Amelia Kennedy; father of Bruce Kennedy and Mrs. Mary E. Cain.
Services Friday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Alvarez & Moore under auspices of
Euclid Lodge No. 519, F & A M.  Interment, El Monte Cemetery.

December 17, 1929 - pg. 12                 [Biography of Thomas H. Lambert]
Prominent Woman Dies in Hospital
EL MONTE, Dec. 16 - Mrs. Thomas H. Lambert, pioneer resident of El Monte,
and prominent in affairs of the Eastern Star, died at Alhambra Hospital
yesterday following an operation necessitated by a week's illness.  She was
58 years of age, and the wife of the vice-president of the First National
Bank of El Monte, and former president of the Los Angeles County Farm
Bureau.  The couple came here from Missouri thirty-two years ago.  Besides
her husband, Mrs. Lambert leaves one daughter, Mrs. Stella Marshall.  

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the J. M. Schanel
mortuary, under Eastern Star auspices.  Rev. David F. Barnett, pastor of the
Presbyterian Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in El Monte Cemetery.

November 18, 1936, pg 22
LEAVITT - At Alhambra, November 16, 1936.  Verne J. Leavitt, loving husband
of Geraldine Leavitt and son of Lucius A. Leavitt of El Monte. Services
Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at chapel of Turner, Stevens & Turner.  259
East Main street, Alhambra. Interment, El Monte Cemetery.

Jan 26, 1892                              [Biography of Mrs. Fannie Lewis]
LEWIS - Ira D. Lewis, infant son of I. D. and Fannie Lewis of Puente, aged 17 months.  Funeral Tuesday, January 26, at Savannah Cemetery.

July 14, 1904, pg. A7
Lindsey Funeral:  The funeral of John Lindsey was held this afternoon at
Savannah Cemetery.  Mr. Lindsey died suddenly from an abscess in the head.
He was taken to a Los Angeles hospital in an ambulance, but passed away soon
after reaching the institution.  He was 24 years of age and a native of
Alabama.  He came here two years ago and was in the employ of the Raab
Creamery Co. He was married last November to Miss Jessie Pullee. His
parents, brothers and sisters are in Alabama.

Mar 7, 1946
GARVEY, March 6. - Funeral services for Mrs. Serene Frances Livingood, 2654 S. Charlotte Ave., who would have been 101 years old March 28, will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel here, with Rev. Vivian Twyford of Eagle Rock officiating.  Interment will be in El Monte Cemetery.

Mrs. Livingood, who pioneered in Kansas and Missouri, came here two and a half years ago.  She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Grace O. Carpenter of this community.

May 16, 1912 pg. I-12
DISAGREES WITH VERDICT.  Under Sheriff is Convinced El Monte Man Wasn't
Murdered and Investigation is Dropped.

Despite the fact that a Coroner's jury found yesterday that William R. Lodge
of El Monte, whose body was mangled by a Pacific Electric train on a trestle
near his home Monday night, was murdered, Under Sheriff Brain feels
convinced that the man was not murdered and Deputy Sheriffs have ceased
working on the case.

The verdict of the jury, following an inquest at Pierce Bros' morgue
yesterday morning, is as follows:

"William Robert Lodge came to his death May 13, 1912, at the hands of a
person or persons unknown to this jury; the body, dead or alive, was placed
across the tracks on the bridge, a quarter of a mile west of El Monte, and
the car ran over and mutilated the body."

According to Brain, he had a talk with the dead man's brother, J. E. Lodge.
Brain feels sure the dead man, while intoxicated, fell or lay down on the
tracks and was killed by the train.

The Deputy Sheriffs declare Lodge had been drinking all Monday evening and
that he got off the car at a station two miles west of El Monte and
endeavored to walk the remainder of the distance to his home, via the car

The funeral will be held this morning at Pierce Bros. Interment will be at
Savannah Cemetery, near El Monte.

June 23, 1910, p. II14
EL MONTE. June 22 - Perry Logan, flagman at the Pacific Electric and Southern Pacific crossing was found dead at 11 o'clock last night in the lookout.  A motorman, failing to get his signal to cross, investigated the cause, with the result stated.  Mr. Logan was about 45 years old, and leaves a widow.  Heart failure is given as the cause of the death.  The Coroner's inquest will be held today at Forst's undertaking rooms.

November 20, 1955 pg. A29
Funeral Services to be conducted by Pierce Bros:  Loynd, Thomas M., El Monte

Nov 13, 1937

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary E. Lynch, widow of Charles A. Lynch, will be conducted today at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Edwards Brothers Colonial mortuary.  Interment will follow in the El Monte Cemetery.  Mrs. Lynch had been a resident of Los Angeles for the last sixty-two years, coming here from Vancouver, B.C., in 1875.

April 30, 1958, pg A7
Druggist 60 years in Temple City Dies.  
TEMPLE CITY April 29.  John Maag, 81, a druggist here for 60 years, died yesterday.  Graveside services, arranged by Turner, Stevens & Turner of Alhambra, will be conducted at 1p.m. Thursday
at El Monte Cemetery.  Mr. Maag leaves his widow Leone and a sister, Emma Maag of Temple City.

October 18, 1949 pg b10
MALCOM, Florence Cooper, beloved mother of Mrs. John L. Kirkham. Services 1
p.m. Thursday, at Praiswater's Funeral Home Chapel, 5849 Van Nuys Boulevard.
Interment El Monte Cemetery.

January 20, 1890, p. 4
A Sad Death.

    Yesterday morning Coroner Meredith held an inquest at El Monte upon the body of Jose Maria, an old Indian between 70 and 80 years old.  He was found dead upon the station platform in the morning.  The evidence showed that he was around the station during the night before, and laid down upon the bench where he died.  The verdict of the jury was that the deceased came to his death from alcoholism and exposure.  The old fellow was the husband of an Indian woman who was killed at San Gabriel several years ago.  She was run over by the Colton local while lying drunk upon the railroad track

May 24, 1899

           Benjamin F. Maxson
(Photo courtesy of the El Monte Museum and Paula Hinkel)
Fatal Accident Befalls and El Monte Rancher

B. F. Maxson struck by a Southern Pacific Train near Shorb, sustaining
injuries which proved fatal a few hours later.

B. F. Maxson, one of the most prominent walnut growers in Southern
California, died in the Receiving Hospital at 8:05 o'clock yesterday
evening, as the result of injuries received by being struck by a Southern
Pacific train from a few hours earlier, while driving from this city to his
hhis home at El Monte.

About half-way between the city limits and Shorb's Junction, the highway to
El Monte crosses the railroad.  At this crossing the train overtook the
buggy containing Mr. Maxson and Mr. Warner, both hard of hearing.

Maxson, who was driving, evidently did not hear the train, nor see it until
he was within a few feet of the crossing, when he suddenly whipped up his
horse and tried to cross the track in front of the oncoming train.

The effort was too late.  The locomotive struck the horse broadside and tore
him from the vehicle.  The animal was killed outright.  The detached buggy
was upset and broken, and the occupants were hurled to the ground with great
violence. Warner escaped with a few bruises, but Maxson sustained a severe
fracture of the skull and his right collar bone was broken and driven into
the lungs, causing an internal hemmorhage, from the effects of which he died
a few hours later.

The engineer had put on the brakes has soon as he saw Maxson attempt to
cross the tracks ahead of the engine, but the momentum was so great that the
disaster occurred before the train could be stopped.  The injured man and
his companion were taken aboard the train to Shorb's where they were
transferred to the Monrovia local westward bound.  The latter train was met
at the Arcade Depot by the polic ambulance, which conveyed the patient to
the Receiving Hospital.  Police Surgeon Hagan saw, after a brief examination
that the man's life could not be saved.  If the wound in the chest had not
killed him, the one on the head probably would have been sufficient of
itself to produce death, though not so quickly.

Maxson never regained consciousness after he was struck, but was gradually
suffocated by the blood which fluxed his lungs. One of his daughters and her
husband, A. C. Drake, who came in from El Monte as soon as they heard the
news, were with him when he died.  C. M. Smith of the Western Iron Works,
who is a distant relative of the family, was also present when the end came.

At the request of the relatives the body was removed to Paul's undertaking
parlors in East Los Angeles to be prepared for burial. The Coroner will
probably hold an inquest over the remains today.

The only witness of the accident who could be seen yesterday evening was the
man, Warner, but he was so dazed that he could not tell how it happened,
except that he made the positive statement that Maxson whipped up his horse
to cross the track when it was too late. Warner is very deaf, and says he
did not hear or see the train until it was right upon them.  The presumption
is that Maxson, who was also afflicted with deafness, did not observe the
train, either, until it was too late, and in the excitement of the moment
urged his horse forward instead of reining him in.

B. F. Maxson was 58 years old, and had lived at El Monte for some years,
where he owned one of the best walnut orchards in the county. He is said to
have been worth about $150,000. His wife, who is afflicted with consumption,
has been near the point of death for several weeks, and is not expected to
survive the shock of her husband's violent taking off. Besides the widow,
there are five children in the bereaved family--one son and four daughters.  
[NOTE:  Both B. F. Maxson and his wife, Olive, are buried at Savannah. She 
died in 1900./phinkel]

June 30, 1899, p. 6
Suicide at Savanna.
Coroner Holland received a telephone message from El Monte last night to the effect that a man named Miner had committed suicide by hanging himself at Savanna, about one and one-half miles distant from El Monte.  No additional details were received and Coroner Holland, accompanied by Deputy Strubel, will go out this morning to hold an inquest.

April 25, 1951 pg. A11
David D. Mings:  Funeral services for David D. Mings, 56, sports promoter
who died Monday, will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of
Kaulbers Mortuary in Anaheim.  A native of Puente, Mr. Mings was a member of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars and had serviced in World War I with the AEF in
Siberia.  He was a promoter of automobile racing at the old Ascot race track
and later promoted and managed rodeos throughout the nation as well as in
Memorial Coliseum here.  In recent years he had operated dance halls here
and in Anaheim. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Ruth Mings, 876 S. Claudina St.,
Anaheim.  Interment will be at Savannah Cemetery, El Monte.

October 10, 1960 - pg 28
Mrs. Laura C. Moses:  Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Calista Moses, 90,
widow of a pioneer El Monte resident and rancher in Bassett, will be
conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the First Methodist Church of El Monte.
Mrs. Moses died Saturday.  She resided at 645 Daleview Ave., El Monte.
Services will be directed by the Roy C. Addleman & Son Funeral Home.
Interment will be at El Monte Cemetery.  She leaves 6 daughters, Mrs. W. E.
Sauder, Mrs. T. W. Mitchell, Mrs. E. W. Huddleston, Mrs. E. E. Marcum, Mrs.
R. J. Roberts and Mrs. Helen S. Allen; 1 son, Lewis; 13 grandchildren and 14

December 13, 1933, pg 16
MULLHOLAND - Clarence Mullholand, December 10, son of Elizabeth and Charles
Mullholand.  Services Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the J. M. Schanel funeral
parlor, El Monte. Interment El Monte Cemetery.

March 23, 1932 pg 20
MUNROE.  March 22, 1932, at 392 Kensington Place, Pasadena, Glen H., husband
of Nellie Munroe and father of Kenneth H. Munroe of Pasadena; brother of W.
H. Munroe of Kansas City. Funeral services Thursday at 2 p.m. in Memory
Chapel, Ives & Warren Co., 100 North Hill avenue, Pasadena. Interment, El
Monte Cemetery.

August 9, 1961, pg. 29
Mrs. Ann H. Norris:  Funeral services for Mrs. Anna H. Norris, 90, of 1240
Larimore Ave., La Puente, mother of Gordon W. Norris, poet laureate of
California, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Baldwin Park Funeral Home,
with interment in El Monte Cemetery.  Mrs. Norris died Sunday at Rose Haven
Rest Home in Baldwin Park.  Born in Worth County, Ia., she came to
California 71 years ago.  She was the widow of Matthew Tyler Norris, first
child born of English-speaking parents in the San Gabriel Valley.  She
leaves, in addition to her son, Gordon, of La Puente, another son, Lorain D.
Norris of Los Angeles, and a brother, George H. Wolliscroft of Yucaipa.

Death Certificate Transcription: #19530 (2000), PAINTER, Myra
Myra Painter
d. 12/1/1959 2:20pm 
Female Cauc. b. 8/22/1870 IL 
Age = 89 Widowed 
f. John Fowler, IL 
m. Unknown Gordon, IL 
Occupation: Housewife, 70 years 
Deathplace: Rosemead Sanitarium, 9025 Guess St, Rosemead 
Lived in community and state 29 years 
Residence: 305 Kauffman St, El Monte 
Informant: Herman L Painter 
Burial: 12/4/1959 El Monte Cemetery 
Schanel Mortuary 
Cause: Cerebral vascular accident 4 hours Cerebral arteriosclerosis 10 years

October 1, 1941  pg 16
PASWATER - Charles.  Graveside services 2:30 p.m. Thursday at El Monte
Cemetery. Pierce Brothers' Monterey Park Mortuary, directors.

August 10, 1952 pg. 44
Mrs. Mamie M. Peterson:  Services for Mrs. Mamie Mary Peterson, who died on
Friday, the day after her 92nd birthday, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday
at the Graham & Isbell Mortuary.  Mrs. Peterson, who lived at 1227 S.
Catalina Ave., came to California in 1862.  She leaves two brothers, George
Slace of Los Angeles and A. V. Slack of Huntington Park.  Burial will be in
the family plot in the El Monte Cemetery.

Jan. 16, 1936, p. A18
Obituary - Deaths.
POLLARD.  January 14, 1936, Charles A. Pollard, aged 75 years, loving father of Mrs. Lela J. Colahan, Barney A., Jesse C. and Guy D. Pollard.  Services at parlors of Paul D. Robinson, 1001 West Washington Boulevard, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 18.  Interment Rosemead Cemetery.

August 7, 1891, pg 2
Mrs. Margaret J. Prouty filed a petition for the admission to probate of the
will of Joseph Prouty, who died at El Monte on July 20, last, leaving real
and personal property valued at $2150.