Monday, May 11, 2015

Missing Bodies For Monday Mystery...!

There is a graveyard in California that is a very sad reminder of how mean our past was at times.

Caretakers for graveyards and their records are so important in keeping a good accounting of the persons buried there, but in this case many factors made that task almost impossible.

Anaheim Cemetery’s Tricky Body Count

Anaheim Cemetery was the first cemetery in Orange County, California open to non-Catholics. As a result, it became the burial destination of choice for the huge numbers of Chinese migrants who came to work in California in the late 19th century. A patch of the cemetery is marked off with Chinese dawn redwood trees, planted in 1989. Yet the cemetery owners have no idea whether any bodies lie under that section of ground.

Records note 33 burials around the turn of the century, but the grave markers are long gone. They were made of wood, and caretakers burned them to get rid of weeds. Chinese workers weren’t thought of very highly a century ago.

The immigrants preferred their burials in the US to be temporary. As soon as they could afford it, bodies would be dug up and shipped back to China to be buried in their homeland. While the burial records survive, all interment records have been lost.

The body count will probably stay unknown, as the attitude toward the workers has improved. According to a trustee who looks after the cemetery, “Even if we found this area to be empty, I can’t see us using it. The Chinese played an important part in the development of Anaheim, and we can’t forget that.

I need to mention that I took this article from Listverse. Credit where credit is due, ya know!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Rain has yet to show up.


Chickenmom said...

Even if no one is buried there, it's nice to know that they are not forgotten. We could use some of that rain here in Joisey!

Mamahen said...

Interesting! ..Possible strong storms here today they say ...patio ia always. nice :))

linda m said...

I'm glad they decided to leave that area of the cemetery as is. At least it is dedicated to the Chinese that may be buried there (if any remain). We have had rain for the past 2 days. Boy, has my grass ever grown - just mowed last Thurs. And it needs it again. Patio sounds fine to me.

JO said...

Its so sad when there are no markers. There is a detector that can find graves but I'm sure the cost to use it is way to costly if in fact it works.

Patio time sound wonderful

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Let's hope that their part in our history is remembered for a long time.

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Mamahen...
Seems like the weather is crazy all over, doesn't it?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda...
At least they seem to be trying to maintain some sort of order from the whole thing.

I appreciate the visit today!

Hey Jo...
Guess at the time doing away with the markers wasn't a big deal!

Thanks for coming over today!