Jewish Section - Jacksonville Cemetery - Jacksonville, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 42° 19.054 W 122° 58.415
10T E 502177 N 4685036
Marker describing the history of Jewish migration to the area
Waymark Code: WMJM8G
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/03/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
Views: 2

Jacksonville Cemetery, a contributing site within the Jacksonville National Historic District, is a pioneer cemetery dating to circa 1860. The cemetery is divided into several sections, one of which is the Jewish Section. Several years ago, the local Rotary placed a number of markers describing the history of each section. The text of the Jewish Section marker reads:


Originally drawn to America to escape religious persecution in Russia, Poland, and other eastern
European countries, many of San Francisco's Jews were then attracted to Jacksonville to seek
their fortunes during the gold rush era that began here in 1852. Many of them established suc-
cessful retail businesses and rose to prominence in the community. In time, as gold fever waned,
most returned with their families to San Francisco, Portland or elsewhere.
   The oldest burial in the Jewish Section dates back to 1867. Of particular poignancy are the graves
of young children and their historic marble headstones: Annid (or Annie) Fisher, Alick Coleman,
and Jewel Kitto, all under one year.
   In 1996 a new section next to the original section was purchased from the city, reflecting the
increasing Jewish population requesting burials.
   The pebbles left by visitors on top of tombstones carry on an old Jewish custom--each indicates
a visit that was made to honor and remember the departed.

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Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Other

Marker Type: City

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Jackson

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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