Missing Headstone Found

The following is from an article in the Decembr 29, 2012 edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

SANTA CRUZ — More than a century after her public suicide on Pacific Avenue, the lore of Marie Holmes’ young life has a new chapter.

A man hiking recently off Bonny Doon Road near Davenport found the 21-year-old English woman’s white headstone, taken from Evergreen Cemetery, where she was buried in 1898 after, as the tale goes, ingesting carbolic acid to end a despairing life. He had first seen it in 2005, but only decided this year to go back for it.

“I was five yards away from it and couldn’t see it,” Sibley Simon, head of a cemetery restoration committee, said as he described being led to the discovery site by the hiker. “We were so lucky he was there and found it.”

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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