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The Weimar Project (#47901210)
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Bio Photo The Weimar Project is a joint effort by the Colfax Area Historical Society, the Colfax Veterans of Foreign Wars California Post 2003, and the American Legion Colfax Post 192 District #7, all located in Colfax, Placer County, California, to honor the people buried in the Weimar Cemetery.

The Weimar Cemetery was originally a part of the Weimar Joint Sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, which operated under various names from 1919-1972. Patients who died at the Sanatorium and who had no other means of burial were interred on the Sanatorium property AKA the Weimar Cemetery.

Since this was essentially a Potter's Field, instead of traditional tombstones each grave was assigned a number which was engraved onto a brass disc. The graves were marked by a piece of 2x6 wood with the corresponding brass disc attached. Cards for each patient, located in the Sanatorium office, translated names to numbers and vice-versa. The cards also had information on where the person lived before being admitted to the Sanatorium and other data.

At some point, the information from the cards was transferred to ledger books and the cards were tossed. Over time, one of the ledger books was lost. A few other records were preserved. In 1989, Patricia Stanford and Lois A. Dove reviewed the remaining records and published Deaths and Burials at Weimar Sanatorium.

Unfortunately, during various data transfers information was lost and errors crept into the remaining data, so there is uncertainty about exact who is buried in the Weimar Cemetery and where they are buried.

The Weimar Project is an attempt to resolve as many discrepancies as possible, which includes reviewing every Placer County Death Certificate during the 50-year timeframe that the cemetery was in use. We are also identifying veterans of military service where possible. Using metal detectors and GPS, a map of the graves which still have brass discs will be generated and an effort will be made to determine the location of graves with missing discs.

We will also be putting up a memorial to military veterans and a kiosk with a list of interments and a map of the graves. Hopefully at some time funding will be acquired to replace the wooden markers with more permanent ones.

Click here to view a transcription of the cemetery.

Click here to search for a name or grave number using the Search box

Click here to see all of the memorials for the Weimar Cemetery.

Click here to see the memorials for veterans buried in the Weimar Cemetery.

(Note that the Weimar Institute, the current owner of the former Sanatorium property, has added burials to the cemetery during recent years. These graves have traditional headstones, and are not considered part of The Weimar Project. The Weimar Cemetery itself is part of the Colfax Cemetery District.)
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neverforgotten
Lawrence Bob 754
I'm grateful for you taking the time to photograph the marker for Lawrence Bob. Many thanks to Robin for transferring this young man's memorial back to his family. You did a great job on his bio.
Added by neverforgotten on Feb 20, 2015 7:38 PM
Marcia Lynne vonGunden
Transfer and a big thank you
Hello,
Thank you for your generosity in transferring:
Wallace D. Fetty # 102323376
to my care.
With your help I have successfully connected him with his parents and twelve siblings. As I receive more information, I will add it to Our shared memorial.
With sincerest appreciation,
Marcia
# 47059326
Added by Marcia Lynne vonGunden on Sep 17, 2014 5:05 PM
John McNeil
Edward McNeil A184
Robin,
Thank you for the information. The ancestry link you sent me goes to my second cousin's tree in which all the McNeil info came from my tree. When you asked about transfering the memorial for Edward to me, what would that entail? Is it just like setting up an individual memorial that I oversee? I hope to get up to Auburn to check out the cemetery and get his records soon.
Added by John McNeil on Aug 08, 2014 6:36 PM
John McNeil
Edward Hector McNeil A184
Thank you for your dedication to this project. Due to your efforts I have found Edward Hector McNeil's (my Grand-uncle) final resting place. His history has always been clouded due to everyone on my father's side never sharing any information on him before they all passed away. Rumors were that he was often involved in less-than-desirable activities. Would like to know if there is any way to access records from the Weimar Joint Sanitorium to see what the details of his admission and passing were. I'd appreciate any assistance in eliminating any rumors or mystery about his man.
Added by John McNeil on Jul 31, 2014 2:33 PM
B. Pierson
RE: Charles Rodden
Thank You for the education, Bobby
Added by B. Pierson on Sep 30, 2013 9:06 PM
B. Pierson
RE: Charles Rodden
Ok, I was under the impression that whoever made the memorial was the only one that can edit it, Thank You, I will contact MillieBelle
Added by B. Pierson on Sep 30, 2013 7:41 PM
Dean Chapman
RE: George Francis Bradsberry
George was my 1st cousin, thrice removed. He sat out the war in Australia.

George's father, who died about six months before him, was a well-to-do logging baron & two-term Washington state representative. That George's family left his remains in a potter's grave suggests that he had been shunned, probably for draft-dodging.

Dean Chapman
Added by Dean Chapman on Sep 04, 2013 10:53 AM
Dean Chapman
RE: George Francis Bradsberry
Much obliged for the memorial corrections & links to George Francis Bradsberry's parents' memorials, Robin. Even more, I thank you & "The Weimar Project" for taking the extraordinary time, effort & expense of identifying the burials of these poor souls.

FWIW, George Francis Bradsberry's father is my 2nd great grand uncle. And until coming across the memorial your group created for him, I don't believe any of his living relatives had any idea what happened to him following the end of WWI.

Best regards!

Dean Chapman
St. Charles, MO
Added by Dean Chapman on Sep 04, 2013 8:44 AM
Janet Taylor
RE: Archie McDougall #103715050
Wow, you are surely wonderful for doing this. We kept believing that this was our relative, but "our Archie's" parents were Archibald and Jane McDougall.This does clear up a lot of issues for us. Thank you again and again. Janet
Added by Janet Taylor on Jul 05, 2013 3:27 PM
Kaaren Crail Vining
Chock
Thank you again for the note to add to his memorial about his grave not marked. Appreciate your help. sincerely, KCV
Added by Kaaren Crail Vining on Feb 21, 2013 2:35 PM
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