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Mill Valley, Marin County, California
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December, 1891

     The Sausalito News reported that the first burial in the "Sausalito New Cemetery" occurred in late December, 1891. That burial was of Catherine Domergue and the burial appearently occured before the cemetery was surveyed. The location of the Domergue family plot in plainly in the middle of "Pear Path."
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Domergue Family Plot, 
looking south. P. Gaston, 1840-1913 Soon
     The newly created Sausalito Cemetery Association filed its Section Map of the new Sausalito Cemetery with the Marin County Recorder on September 15, 1892. "Gaston P. Domergus," the husband of the late Catherine Domergue was then able on September 27, 1892 to finalize to purchase the plot were his wife was buried, Lot 26, between Blocks 4 and 5, Section "F". He was the first person to purchase a Lot in the new cemetery.
     If there ever was a headstone for Catherine Domergue, it is no longer in the family plot. The plot itself is on a steep slope and a number of headstones in that area have been vandalized and shoved down the hill. Sometimes we see a base for a headstone, but no headstone, not even down the slope.

The Sausalito News

The Sausalito News, January 1, 1892
Funeral of Catherine Domergue, 3:1
Death Notice, 3:3


The Sausalito News
January 1, 1892, 3:1


   The funeral of Catherine Domergue, whose death notice apperaed in our issue of this date, took place from the family residence in Sausalito last Sunday. The last funeral rites were conducted by the very Rev. Father Valentine at St. Mary's Cathedral, Sausalito. After a very impressive service by the Rev. gentleman, the funeral cortege moved to Sausalito New Cemetery, this being the first interment in the new burial ground. Out of respect to a brother Forester, Court Star of California, Sausalito, No. 7813 of the Ancient Order of Foresters, the following brothers acted as pall-bearers: Charles Burrey, D.H.G.R.: Paul Trouette, J.E. Creed, Judge Simpton, R.S.; Ed Wosser, S.W.; Fred Lindsey, several members of the Order joining in solemn procession. Mrs. Domergue had been a great sufferer for twelve months. "Her end was peace."

The Sausalito News
January 1, 1892, 3:3
DOMERGUE--In Sausalito, December 15, Cartherine, beloved wife of Gaston Domergue and mother of Wilhelmina Gaston and John Domergue, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., age 48 years.

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Our Sources ::
  • The Sausalito News from 1885, on microfilm, Sausalito Public Library.
  • Sausalito Cemetery Association sales records, Sausalito Historical Society.
  • Sausalito Cemetery Association original Cemetery Section Map, Marin County Recorder.

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