Saturday, March 22, 2008
North and South
Following the Civil War, many weary families ventured to California on the word of journalists like Charles Nordhoff, who touted the abundant agricultural and industrial opportunities available throughout the young state. This created neighbors out of former unionists and secessionists, but who brought their divided southern and northern churches and other political views with them. In at least one local instance, the results were deadly. However this man appears to have been a builder of bridges and unity, with his memorial plaque explaining the orientation of his final rest (unlike the other graves at Little Lake Cemetery).