Folsom, Sacramento County,
Greetings to all,
THIS IS NOT FOR GENEALOGICAL DISCUSSION.
The cemeteries at Folsom in Sacramento County have
been badly mutilated by the private cemetery operator. In the fall of
1996, the State Dept. of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Investigation in
cooperation with the State Dept. of Parks and Recreation recovered hundreds of
tons of granite, placerite and pre-formed concrete coping pieces that had been
removed from existing family plots at the cemetery.
The cemeteries involved were originally known as
the Citizen's Cemetery, Folsom City Cemetery, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Masonic
Cemetery and the Folsom Jewish Cemetery. With the exception of those
buried in the Catholic Cemetery and those who outgrew this little town,
virtually anyone who lived at Folsom was buried in these cemeteries.
There have been over 60 family plots affected and
without photographic evidence of where the ornamentation came from it is
impossible to know how to reinstall this personal property. This is
STOLEN PRIVATE PERSONAL PROPERTY and was purchased by the plot owners.
It did not belong to the cemetery operators (who have been unlawfully
operating the public cemetery).
Neither the State nor the City of Folsom has
published any notice to advise potential descendants that these stolen
materials were recovered. I am seeking any descendants who may have
claim to these cemetery artifacts.
The city wants to try to use these items around
town as decoration. My stand is that these are private property.
If they are used for ANY purpose other than being returned to the family
plots, they should be used to erect a monument within this cemetery with a
plaque that tells the truth about what happened. (NO CHARGES WERE
Since that won't happen, we have offered to store
these items in trust so as to try to prevent any illicit use by the city or
others. If you have access to any other lists, please forward this
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have worked on this since the summer of 1995. I'm looking for
consensus from descendants that they would prefer the items be held in trust
and not pandered about the city without any telling that they were stolen from
around someone's graves.
Thanks for the assist!
El Dorado County Pioneer Cemeteries Commission
2551 Deer Trail Lane
Cameron Park, CA 95682