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Marker
Last
Name
First
Name
Born
Died
Remarks
Bean Jr.
Bill C.
1970
1999
Former Officer in Placer County Sheriff's Dep't., and killed in the line of duty as an officer in the Sacramento Police Department. .
Bianchini
Carl
1908
1989
Benefactor to Colfax with a gift of a large amount of money for use of seniors and youth. Carl, a former resident, liked the Colfax Cemetery so much, he had his wife's remains moved from another location to a family plot he created in the Colfax cemetery.
Bianchini
Loretta Bertacchi
1907
1982
Wife of Carl Bianchini, who was moved to this cemetery into a family plot paid for by Carl.
Brickell
Ammiel
1813
1851
Native of Ohio who moved out West to start a new life as a farmer & Moved to Illinoistown in 1848. Earliest interred.
Brickell
Caroline McGinnis
1819
1858
Wife of Barzilla Brickell.
Butler
John
1833
1906
Came to Iowa Hill from Canada around 1866. Operated a drugstore on Main Street, Colfax since 1875 and served as the town dentist.
Cortopassi
Louis A.
1855
1929
A well-known rancher, born in Tuscany, Italy; lived in Colfax since 1900; operated ranches in Newcastle, Penryn, Towle, Alta, and Weimar. Owned the Placer County Winery from 1902 until prohibition. Married first to Olivia Simonetti (d. 1904) and second to Elisa Bertolucci.
Days (Custis)
Martha Parke
1817
1884
Born in Washington, DC, an early settler of Nevada County, CA; died at Chicago Park and claimed to be a close relative of Martha Washington. This may be possible, considering that our first First Lady, Martha Dandridge, married a Daniel Parke Custis (1717-1757) in 1750 before she married George Washington in 1759. More research is needed.
Days
Woolberton
1809
1884
Born in Dunkirk, NY, married Martha Parke Custis in 1848 and settled in Nevada County. According to the only source, his autobiography of 1888, his early life was full of overseas adventures and mishaps that have not been verified. The Days had only one son, W. W. who married an Indian woman named Johanna.
Falconer
Duncan
1851
1924
Born in Mitchell, Ontario, Canada; mined in Eureka, Nevada until 1888 and then in Cortez as president of the Cortez Mines, Ltd. He and his wife Jane lived in Colfax since 1896. Here he started the Colfax Bank and was instrumental in the original financing of the local newspaper, the Colfax Record (1908).
Geisendorfer
George
1827
1898
Native of Bavaria; came to Placer County in 1850 and devoted his 2,140 acres to ranching & stock-raising; was an early member of Lodge No. 201 E Clampus Vitus in Illinoistown. His wife, Eva Catherine, was from Ohio and is buried beside him.
Hayford
James
1840
1932
Native of Maine; came with father and brothers to Placer County in late 1850s. KIA veteran of the Civil War, he joined a regiment here in California. He was a member of Illinoistown Masonic Lodge No. 51 of Colfax, served as Supervisor for the Colfax District, and as undersheriff for Sheriff John Butler of Colfx. His family lived on the Hayford Ranch near Magra, which was noted for its perfect fruit.
Keck
Jacob
1826
1877
Native of Pennsylvania; owned Blue Wing Saloon in Illinoistown since 1860. Moved business to Colfax and established the first water works; member of E Clampus Vitus.
Kennett
Maria
1853
1918
"Digger" Indian living in Colfax in the 1900s. She saved the life of a white miner who was pinned under a rock in the American River. She nursed him back to health and later they married. Her husband William Kennett died in 1912 and is buried beside her.
Kilgo
William
1830
1878
Born in Georgia, came to California in 1851 to mine for gold but quickly resumed his blacksmith trade in Iowa Hill and later in Colfax. He is buried with his wife Sarah and six of his seven children in the Kilgo plot.
Kuenzly
John Jacob
1839
1915
Born in Switzerland, Kuenzly immigrated in 1854. He built a 4,000 sq. ft. Victorian home near the Colfax Depot in 1897 and was Postmaster and Justice of the Peace. Ran a general store next to the present Colfax Market. Kuenzly rests with his wife Maria and his son Frank.
Lazzarini
Lt. Henry
1921
1944
Born in Colfax, young Lieutenant Lazzarini was killed in a bomber crash over the skies of Chabua, India. He was in the Army Air Corps in WW II and was the sixth local youth reported to lose his life during this war.
Marvin
Fred
1857
1923
A well-liked, successful businessman; came from NY to Colfax to work for his uncle James Mahon, a pioneer who was connected with the CPRR; Mr. Marvin owned and managed the Marvin Hotel & Restaurant (now the Colfax Hotel), was Mayor of Colfax, and deeded a strip of his land to the city, still known as "Marvin Avenue".
McCleary
William J.
1855
1940
Born in Kelsey, El Dorado County, came to Colfax in 1872 and operated a livery stable in Colfax; his wife Sarah K. (Mitchell) is buried beside him, as well as their son John B. who ran a garage and machine shop at the same location and was an agent for Ford and Packard automobiles. The son of John B., John Blaine (1913-1998) served in the USN in WWII and Korea. Another other son, Bill was in the USAAF in India and was a Naval attache with the American embassy in China.
Mischler
John
1834
1876
Owned the butcher shop where Robinson Real Estateoffice is now located; was killed by a Narrow Gauge train while walking home from his establishment. He is buried with his daughter Effie and a brother Martin who continued to operate the store after John's early death..
Mundy
Captain Patrick
1827
1872
From Ireland, mined in Iowa Hill around 1860; served during the Civil War in the 4th Regiment of Volunteers of Calif; member of Calif. State Assembly in 1869; died in an accident at a saw mill in Cisco.
Newman
John M.
1856
1932
Born in England, immigrated in 1882 and became first mayor of Colfax when the city was incorporated in 1910. Occupation: bookkeeper.
Peers
Dr. Robert Alway
1875
1970
From Canada, became a citizen in 1904. Came to Colfax in 1899 and was mayor for 23 years, president of Placer Unified HS and several lodges, practiced medicine in Colfax for 52 years, served the Red Cross during WWI, owned the Weimar TB Sanitarium and established the Colfax Hospital in 1929..
Sinnock
Edward W.
1893
1971
"Ted" was born in London; served in the British Navy (WWI) and was Chief Mate in the US Maritime Service (WWII); sang with the Westminster Abbey Boys' Choir; attended Westminster School and the London Nautical College. Ted came to the US in 1922 and became a naturalized citizen. He owned a "5 & 10" store on Main Street, Colfax around 1934.
Stevens
Truman Allen
1815
1894
Born in Maine, this gold miner came here in 1859. With John Rutherford from Iowa Hill, he built and used a trail called the Stevens Trail. At first the trail was a toll path from Colfax down to Secret Ravine, then up to Iowa Hill and was used during 1870-1895. A Sacramento Boy Scout rediscovered it in 1959 and it is now used as a nature hike.
Stevens
Judge Amos
1842
1929
Born in Maine, Judge Amos came to Colfax in 1884, joining his father, Captain Truman A. Stevens, first at Iowa Hill and later moving to Colfax' served as justice of the pease and also as City Recorder for Auburn. The Judge was active in various Masonic Lodges, including the Blue Lodge, Grand Chapter, Knight Templars, and Eastern Star. He was past Master of IllinoistownLodge #51, F&A M and past High Priest of Siloan Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Colfax, and Auburn Commandry No. 12, K.T. With his wife, Naomi (Perkings) Stevens, also from Maine, they had one child, Minnie Gertrude who later became the wife of S. K. Williams of Colfax.
Turner
Ada Belle
1864
1942
A Colfax housewife and widow of Colfax City Coucilman Randle L. Turner, who preceded her in death by 19 months. She was murdered by 19-year old Glenard Brown, who was employed as a goat herder in this area. He was convicted in November 1942 for knifing Mrs. Turner to death after she refused to give him $4. He was executed at San Quentin in 1944. She is buried next to her husband.
Wilcox
Levi
1896
1932
Born at Red Dog, served in WWI with the California 123 Spruce Squadron; lived on Oak Street in Colfax. He was a charter member of the Colfax Post of the American Legion; worked at the Rising Sun Mine and at the Spring Valley Dairy. His funeral was accorded full military honors.
Williams
S. K.
1859
1941
Born in Oregon, lived in Ione, San Joaquin and Sacramento counties. In 1911 became manager of the Colfax yard of the Auburn Lumber Company; owned a fruit orchard known as the Kilmer Ranch. His wife, Minnie Gertrude Stevens, was a school teacher in Colfax and a member of the Order of Eastern Star.