Katie O'Leary

Gertrude O'Leary
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originally
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Mill Valley, Marin County, California
(East Side)

Cross
In Loving
Remembrance
of
MINNIE O'LEARY
Native of
SAUSALITO
Marin Co.
DIED
Oct. 20 1890
AGED
10 Yrs., 8 Days.

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(North Side)

CORNELIUS
O'LEARY
---
MARGARET
O'LEARY
(West Side)

Cross
In Loving
Remembrance
of
KATIE O'LEARY
Native of
SAUSALITO
Marin Co.
DIED
Nov. 11 1890
AGED
8 Yrs., 7 Mos.

(Inscription)

Carving Design

(South Side)

GERTRUDE
O'LEARY
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     The monument to Katie and Minnie O'Leary is found in the "Sausalito Section" of Forever Fernwood Cemetery, Mill Valley. Both died during late 1890. The Sausalito News reported that the first burial in the "Sausalito New Cemetery" occurred in late December, 1891.
     Since the O'Leary girls' parents, Cornelius O'Leary and his wife Margaret, were Sausalito residents and the newspaper tells us Minnie O'Leary was interred in Sausalito, it is possible that the two O'Leary girls were first interred in Sausalito's older Sunny Hill Cemetery and that later their remains were moved to the new Sausalito Cemetery on Coyote Creek.
     The newly created Sausalito Cemetery Association filed its Section Map with the Marin County Recorder on September 15, 1892. The first sale occured September 27, 1892. In 1893 and after, people "wishing bodies of deceased friends and relatives removed to the new Sausalito Cemetery" from Sunny Hill Cemetery were advised via the newspapers to contact the Marin County Coroner.
     However, Cornelius O'Leary did not purchase the burial site for his family until February 23, 1895,
E ½, Lot 36, Block 7, Section "E". This is the same location where we see the O'Leary monument today. The two O'Leary girls needed to be buried somewhere between the time of their death in 1890 and their father's purchase of the ½ Lot 36 in 1895. Sunny Hill Cemetery seems to be the most likely candidate for those two earlier burials.
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Inscription Detail,
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The Sausalito News

August 29, 1890, 3:1
Brieflets.
   Con O'Leary is the recognized leader of the Democratic party in Sausalito, and is confident that Pond will be the next Governor of California.
   [Edward B. Pond, democratic Mayor of San Francisco from 1887 to 1891. In 1890, he ran for Governor of California under the democratic ticket, but lost to Henry Markham.]

October 24, 1890, 2:2
DEATHS.
   O'LEARY--In Sausalito, October 21, 1890, Minnie, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Con. O'Leary, aged 10 years.

October 24, 1890, 3:1
Brieflets.
   The funeral of the eldest daughter of Cornelius and Margaret O'Leary took place last Wednesday and was well attended. The little girl who was 10 years of age will be sadly missed. The body was interred in Sausalito. Mr. O'Leary and wife have the sympathy of many friends.

November 14, 1890, 2:2
DEATHS.
   O'LEARY--In San Quentin November 11, Katie daughter of Cornelius and Margaret O'Leary of Sausalito. Aged 8 years and 9 Months.

November 14, 1890, 3:1
Brieflets.
   We are sorry to announce the death of a second child of Mr. and Mrs. Con. O'Leary who died at a friends house at San Quentin last Tuesday. The parents have the sympathy of most of the Sausalito inhabitants.

November 21, 1890, 3:1
Brieflets.
   A Solemn religious mass was celebrated for the repose of the souls of the two children of Mr. and Mrs. Con. O'Leary at the St. Mary's church, Sausalito, last Wednesday.

August 5, 1899 3:1
PASSING OF CON O'LEARY
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California Death Index, Marin County ::
Cornelius O'Leary, Laborer, born County Cork, Ireland, died 28 Jul 1899.
(FHL, microfilm # 1295785)

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Note Found at the Sausalito Historical Society ::
Katie O'Leary died from diphtheria, 1890.

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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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