Our program for Cemetery Walk this year included vignettes on Leland Chase, aerial photographer and Sebastopol studio photographer, Laura Call Carr, whose history you can read in a booklet we have for sale at the West County Museum. Laura grew up at Fort Ross where her parents owned the ranch that encompassed the Fort in the late 1800s.
There was a reminiscence by the parents of John Sebring, the first burial at the then Odd Fellows and Masonic cemeteries, in 1859. Jean Fisher told the historical story of Senorita Conchita Arguello. Then there was the Civil War veteran, Durant Litchfield telling about his life and war experiences.
Durant’s wife, Elizabeth Litchfield was one of the women who gathered for a meeting of the Women’s Relief Corps. An auxiliary group of the Grand Army of the Republic, the WRC was formed in the 1880s to help Civil War veterans and their families. The other WRC members we highlighted included Adelheid Janssen, Sebastopol hotel owner and Rebecca Murphy, Sebastopol librarian. Mrs. Janssen came from Germany to San Francisco. She met her husband to be on shipboard. They married in San Francisco. They moved to Sebastopol in 1881 and bought an existing hotel renaming it Janssen’s.
Laura Call Carr
Playing Laura & her daughter played by:
Starr Hergenrather and Beth Woodruff.
Women's Relief Corps 1890s
Ladies of the Corps played by:
Judith Reimuller, Ann Sween, Adele Yare
The Ghost of Conchita del Arguello
Storyteller: Jean C. Fisher
Leland Chase - Aerial Photographer 1917
Leland: Steve Fowler and "Mrs. Death": Andrea Van Dyke
The first person buried in the cemetery.
Playing John's parents: Andrea Hagan-Schmitz and Jim Passage
The Civil War
Durant: Richard Russ