Tag: Joseph Palmer

Underground Echoes: Meet the cemeterians

Underground Echoes: Meet the cemeterians

| July 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Our column this week is different, however fear not, new biographies are in the works. The huge interest in genealogy has inspired nationwide cemetery restoration to become a large growing movement. Today as we have chosen to focus on conversations with three remarkable individuals. They are […]

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Underground Echoes: Where is Velda Dunn?

Underground Echoes: Where is Velda Dunn?

| May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Velda Lillian Dunn-Acker, 20, gave birth to her only son Donald Jay Acker, February 27, 1934 in Los Angeles but died during the delivery. Her siblings retrieved her body for burial in Martinez and broke off all contact with her husband and son. This past July, […]

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Underground Echoes: Bricks and sticks

Underground Echoes: Bricks and sticks

| May 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette MARTINEZ, Calif. – City of Martinez’s Annual Spring Cemetery Cleanup. Due to the numerous winter storms, there was quite the renaissance of those pesky annoying plants we all call “weeds” and the accumulation of numerous fallen branches. Although much was accomplished, more still needs to be […]

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Underground Echoes: In our outdoor museum, past lives matter

| May 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette There is something very serene and introspective about working in the Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery, both as the oldest known cemetery in Contra Costa County and as a wonderful outdoor museum. For one thing, the residents are very quiet. The other reasons include the beautiful views of […]

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New nonprofit formed to help preserve Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A new nonprofit organization has been formed to provide support to the preservation of Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery, which is considered the oldest formal burial site in Contra Costa County, Joseph Palmer has announced. Palmer is president of the Martinez Cemetery Preservation Alliance (MCPA) which he said would be seeking donations of both […]

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Underground Echoes: Aaron Rice: The final chapter (1880-1906)

| March 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Martinez Gazette Contributors From our last column, we discovered Aaron had siblings. Although his sister Judy Schlesher (58) was never found, (nor could we find any record of her) his older brother William (62) and family, were located living in McKinney, Collin County, Texas. We additionally found them enumerated in […]

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Underground Echoes: Family: Love, loss & found

| March 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette When we last left Aaron and his family, they were living blissfully. They had become in a relative short period: property owners, industrious entrepreneurs, founders of Napa’s AME Church, ardent voters and proud US citizens. As proof of their accomplishments an announcement published in the Napa […]

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Underground Echoes: Life on the family farm: Aaron Rice (1860-1871)

| February 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Picking up Aaron’s story from where we left off, William Rice still had custody of Nathaniel while the rest of his family was free. They finally get to celebrate the holidays without following someone else’s rules. This included their first ever Thanksgiving as it was not […]

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The move to California: Aaron Rice (1819-1860)

The move to California: Aaron Rice (1819-1860)

| February 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Martinez Gazette Contributors We apologize for not writing since last May, but circumstances arose that put our column on hold. In celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to complete Aaron Rice’s story. However due to the time gap, we thought it best to summarize his saga in a few […]

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Underground Echoes: Found, hidden treasure update

Underground Echoes: Found, hidden treasure update

| June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Since we last wrote about the potential finding of the lost African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church of Napa from 1867 – 1892, a lot of new information has come to light creating a number of unresolved questions regarding the building, its exact location, and wither it […]

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