Pioneer History Buried at Madronia Cemetery

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The history of Madronia Cemetery and the people buried in Saratoga CA

Madronia Cemetery, Saratoga CA

The history of the cemetery begins in 1848 with the operation of a sawmill in the Arroyo Quito Canyon. Which was owned by William Campbell. A settlement was built to support the mill at the mouth of the canyon. The mill was leased by Martin McCarthy in 1850 and he built a toll road. McCarthy filed a claim for 230 acres and founded a town named McCarthysville.

The first recorded death was in 1854, when a boy named C.B Buckman drowned in Saratoga Creek. The boy was buried in an open filed outside of the town because there was established cemetery. Other people joined him in that area.

The current cemetery is located on what was once the Rancho El Quito , owned by the son of the former governor of Mexican California, Jose Ramon Arguello. Arguello set aside 300 acres of his land and dedicated it as a cemetery.

The Madronia Cemetery Association was formed in 1863.

Residents voted to change the name of the town to Saratoga in 1864. after the famous springs in Saratoga, New York.

Madronia's famous residents include:

Mary Ann Day Brown: Widow of the famous abolitionist John Brown.

Sam Cloud: Owner of a general store.

Painless Parker (Edgar): A dentist famous for driving around in a pick up truck with a dentist chair in the back. He was accompanied by a band and circus clowns. He offered $5 to any patient who felt pain.

Augustus T. Dowd: The discoverer of the Calaveras Grove of Big Trees (Calaveras big Trees State Park).

Frank Joseph Dorsa, sr: Co founder of Eggo foods and inventor of the continuous potato peeler and a machine which made thousands of waffles per hour.

Mark Bingham: A hero of 9/11 and passenger on flight 93.

Riley Septimus Moultrie: One of the first "relief expedition" members who rescued the Donner party in the Sierras in February 1847.

William Thomas Kinkaid: A famous artist.

Madronia Cemetery is located at147666 Oak Street Saratoga CA


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