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Elizabeth Jennie Wimmer
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In 1948, a group of local Boy Scouts made it a project to mark all the unmarked graves in Valley Center Cemetery. Jennie Wimmer's was marked with a brick and her name was misspelled "Weamer." On October 5, 2003, the Valley Center Historical Society, with the John P. Squibob Chapter 1853 of E Clampus Vitus and the County of San Diego, put a bronze memorial marker with her story on the grave replacing the brick. The brick has become part of a display about Wimmer and the California Gold Rush at the Valley Center History Museum. Marker reads: "Elizabeth Jane (Jennie) Cloud Wimmer involved in the single most important event in California history, the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill on January 24, 1848. Her husband Peter and mill foreman James Marshall found a nugget on the American River and gave it to Jennie, a cook and housekeeper, to test in a kettle of soap. The next day, she declared that the nugget was gold. The famed California Gold Rush began. With James Marshall, she is credited as the co-discovered of California Gold. An account by Captain John Sutter refers to the gem as the "Wimmer nugget".
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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