Tag: Underground Echoes

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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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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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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Underground Echoes: Aaron Rice (1819 – 1906) – Probate 101

Underground Echoes: Aaron Rice (1819 – 1906) – Probate 101

| May 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette From our last column, we wrote about Aaron’s horrible heartbreak with the loss of his entire family outside of his son Nathaniel in less than a year. It started with the death of his father Rev. Robert Rice (75) on March 20, 1875 from dropsy. Followed […]

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Underground Echoes: From sorrow to joy

Underground Echoes: From sorrow to joy

| April 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette In our last installment it stated on November 14, 1872, the Rice family grew when Aaron’s 26-year-old son Nathaniel married 18-year-old Rebecca Donzel with no family members present. Also mentioned in an announcement regarding churches on March 18, 1871 published in the Napa County Recorder, Rev. […]

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