Good Afternoon Everyone,
I hope all of you are enjoying the Labor Day Weekend. I wanted to give you a project update. Judie and I are currently adding to our website information derived from the experts walk-throughs and genealogy research. The amount of information just continues to mount to the point of almost being overwhelming (however we are not complaining, its a good problem to have).
Besides the new information, we are finding and making contact with more descendants of the residents of Potter's Field. Judie and I feel this is the most important portion of our project because it makes it personal. They are no longer names on a headstone, or on a list but are now instead full fledged human beings that lived and survived during a very difficult period of American History. It is a rush to help someone who has been looking for information on or attempting to find their long lost relative and be able to complete the loop for them.
As you continue to enjoy this marvelous weekend, remember the residents of Potter's Field as they were the original laborers of California. Nick worked for the Railroad, August the Post Office and a veteran, George on a ship, Louis a musician and laborer, Kichi and Aaron on farms, and according to the list of Potter's Field decedents provided by the City of Martinez the vast majority were also laborers. Then of course there is the Chinese-American Community who were also 99% laborers.
So some time this weekend raise a glass to them in remembrance,
MHS Martinez Cemetery Committee Chair
Potter's Field Restoration Project Coordinator
Judie & Joseph Palmer are two of the founding members of the Potter’s Field Restoration Project and its Martinez Cemetery Committee for the Martinez Historical Society. Joseph is also a MHS Board Director, chairman of the committee and webmaster of its website. Both have a passion for discovery, history, genealogy, anthropology and archaeology.