|Lyndon Comstock (#47312093)|
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|Kathleen Fleury Bilbrey||hi|
our very welcome have a good rest of the week friend.
|Michael V Greenspun||RE: James Leonard grave|
Your welcome. Just to make it perfectly clear, the city verified that his remains were still there but there is no marker. Give the direct descendant the info, there is a waiting list but a marker will be placed if requested.
|Michael V Greenspun||James Leonard|
In reference to Chris Maes' comments he is not 100% correct. At he time the cemetery was turned into a park none of the remains were removed unless requested so by close relatives, most of the headstones were removed except for some of the smaller ground level markers.
I went to Cemetery Memorial Park today and looked for Mr Leonard's marker/headstone but was unable to locate it, I also contacted the City of Ventura and was told that there is not marker for James Leonard.
If you are a close relative you can request a marker for Mr Leonard's plot, contact Barbara Cavalli at (805) 652 4553 or email@example.com.
|chris maes||I copied a link for u|
|chris maes||RE: James Leonard|
What I have read this morning is by all accounts your right. The families who approved the remains to be moved were moved but many still remain buried in cemetery park in unmarked graves. I live not far and could confirm such story. Its a sad thing that the city decided to not protect such grounds. Chris
|chris maes||RE: James Leonard|
I did not write this......I do not know the actual truth, but below is what I have read and understand: Ventura City Cemetery was at 1315 Main Street between Hemlock and Aliso Lane.
The old cemetery was two blocks long, roughly seven acres, outside the city limits, as required by law then. The Catholic Church obtained 3.69 acres in 1862 and named it Saint Mary's Cemetery. Then in 1870 the First Presbytarian Church was granted 3.4 acres as a "public cemetery". Many of Ventura's Pioneers and Founding Fathers
are interned in the Cemetery. Residents such as: Olivas, Mills, Foster, Brewster, Vandever, Obioles, Nidfer, Hobson and Kelsey were laid to rest there. By 1912 the Cemetery was reported to be filled to capacity, all though a few burials took place. The cobblestone wall was built in 1934. The 1295 Main Street location (closest to the Rec Center) was
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. They look like one to the visitor. It was divided into four areas: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and another section for Chinese, Native Americans and other races. In 1963 the Los Angeles Archdiocese deeded the Catholic Cemetery to Ventura City. The last person laid to rest there was in the mid 1940's. In 1964 Ventura decided to remove the gravestones and
convert the area to a park because of upkeep and vandalism. Many felt the City had desecrated the area. All the grave markers, headstones and monuments were removed and taken to the City Yard in Hall Canyon. They were laid out alphabetically in the yard. Families were supposedly informed so they could pick up the headstones. Not many responded. Some stones were taken by others for their own yard as a conversation piece. After a period of time, some of the unclaimed stones were taken to the Olivas Golf Course Levee and buried in the rubble. Others were pushed into the ravine
in Hall Canyon. City said they had ground up the stones, but after the 1969 flood a couple were found way down to surfer's point. Could have been the stolen ones. (Don't know which story to believe). Over the years some families were able to move their ancestors remains across town to the Ivy Lawn Cemetery. There are still over 3000 bodies buried in the park.
|chris maes||James Leonard|
Hi, I see your request for cemetery park in Ventura. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Several years ago the park experienced vandalism etc in which the city decided to have all plots and tombstones removed and placed in other cemeteries at the descendants approval. Now its a very long story but the person's remains were moved to another cemetery. If you can do some further research someone surely will go snap a photograph. Sorry again. Fellow volunteer Chris.
You are very welcome. Sorry I could not be of more help.
|Undertaker's Gr/Granddaughter||RE: Helen August Scott Comstock|
No on the correcting the census. I enjoy taking pictures and like to contact the memorial creator to edit family link. I also added a memorial for W C Scott 2nd wife Lucy and added additional pictures to many family members in that plot. :o)
|Joanne Morehouse||Gladys Hensky|
Thank you for the information about Gladys and family. Your contribution is genuinely appreciated. - Joanne
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