|Birth: ||1822, China|
Folsom, CA once had a Chinese community numbering about 2,500 persons, making it the second largest Chinese community in California in the 1880s. Three cemeteries, Benevolent Associations, and Joss Houses were located on the river bluff. Today the Chung Wah Cemetery is a national and state registered landmark and the Young Wo Cemetery is a state historical point of interest.
Oak Chan, was the first mayor, who arrived in Folsom during the 1850s. He worked in the gold fields and later became chief translator, labor agent, banker, scribe, and all around liaison between the Chinese and other cultures.
For many years, he operated the Wing Sing Wo Store. His family subsequently inhabited the site that will become the Chinese Heritage Museum. (info from Chinese heritage newsletter)
China Mission-Chung Wah Chinese Cemetery
Created by: Stone Branches
Record added: Feb 09, 2013
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