Catholic Section - Jacksonville Cemetery - Jacksonville, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 42° 19.067 W 122° 58.474
10T E 502096 N 4685060
Marker describing history of the Catholic Section at this pioneer cemetery
Waymark Code: WMJP29
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/11/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
Views: 3

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 Catholic Section. Several years ago, the local Rotary placed a number of markers describing the history of each section. The text of the marker reads:


In 1864, the Catholic Church purchased two and a half cemetery acres for $50. This sec-
tion contains several familiar names. One family plot is that of John Orth (1834-1890),
butcher and civic leader, whose home and building are in use today. Another is the fam-
ily plot of Jeremiah Nunan (1844-1916), saddle maker, civic leader, town recorder, and
benefactor. The Nunan House is one of Jacksonville's most recognized structures.
   An isolated headstone marks the grave of Jane Holt, better known as Madame
Jeanne DeRoboam. In 1860, this French woman opened the Franco-American Hotel,
which became the leading hotel and stage stop in Jacksonville. She later realized a life-
long dream in her grand brick U.S. Hotel where she hosted Rutherford B. Hayes, then
president of the United States.
   While many "get rick quick" miners didn't, J.W. Opp (1861-1955) managed to
extract $150,000 of ore from his "worked out" mine. His success became an example of
Oregon's golden opportunities.

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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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