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April 10, 2002 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vandals rampaged through two Santa Ana cemeteries Monday night, knocking over 33 gravestones, police said. "There was no graffiti with religious or ethnic connotations," Santa Ana Police Lt. Bob Chavez said Tuesday. "It's just vandalism--[everything] points to kids." Cemetery workers discovered the damaged monuments after reporting to work early Tuesday at Santa Ana Cemetery and adjacent St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, both among the county's oldest, in the 1900 block of East Santa Clara Avenue.
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June 28, 2013 | Valerie J. Nelson
A former Santa Ana mayor turned headstone hunter, Gordon Bricken explored Orange County cemeteries to document how many Civil War veterans were buried there -- and then set out to tell their tales. One astonishing story: The influx of hundreds of soldiers to the region following war's end in 1865 included virtually all of the leaders of a movement that forever changed the local landscape. "All these Confederate veterans, the story goes, succeeded in getting their secession," Bricken later said, "by getting Orange County to secede from L.A.," in 1889.
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NEWS
September 26, 1986
Santa Ana police today said six members of a local "punk rock youth group" have admitted toppling 65 headstones at the historic Santa Ana Cemetery earlier this month. Lt. Robert Chavez said the 15- to 17-year-old Santa Ana and Tustin students were caught as a result of information obtained from another youth and the cemetery caretaker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2002 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vandals rampaged through two Santa Ana cemeteries Monday night, knocking over 33 gravestones, police said. "There was no graffiti with religious or ethnic connotations," Santa Ana Police Lt. Bob Chavez said Tuesday. "It's just vandalism--[everything] points to kids." Cemetery workers discovered the damaged monuments after reporting to work early Tuesday at Santa Ana Cemetery and adjacent St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, both among the county's oldest, in the 1900 block of East Santa Clara Avenue.
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September 27, 1986 | RAY PEREZ, Times Staff Writer
Police have arrested six teen-age punk rockers on suspicion of damaging or destroying 65 tombstones--some more than a century old--two weeks ago at Santa Ana's oldest cemetery, a police spokesman said Friday. Santa Ana Police Lt. Robert Chavez said the six boys, all 15 to 17 years old, were arrested at their high schools Thursday. They were booked on suspicion of trespassing and vandalism and were released to the custody of their parents.
OPINION
March 17, 2002
Gene-o Platt's efforts to "restore" the veterans military markers at Santa Ana Cemetery may have permanently doomed them to ultimate decay (March 11). The markers are marble limestone markers; marble must never be sealed, as it must breathe. This is not a case for stopping Platt, who probably had good intentions, from doing something worthwhile. This is a case of the district cemetery trustees finally realizing they have an inherent responsibility to their cemetery. The only parties who may decide the matter of repairing or restoring a gravestone are 1)
NEWS
November 25, 1993
What a fabulous photograph on the cover of your OC Live! of Oct. 28. And, what an interesting article regarding the pioneers of Orange County found in "Plots to Think About" by Rick VanderKnyff. It's a shame, however, that Rick was unable to link the cover photo to the story in a direct way. The cover's featured cemetery monument, WILLIAMS, belongs to our family. Isaac Williams, my great-grandfather, was an early California pioneer. Arriving with his three brothers in 1843, he settled first in Northern California, then purchased vast amounts of land with his friend, William Henry Spurgeon, in the Costa Mesa-Santa Ana area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | Valerie J. Nelson
A former Santa Ana mayor turned headstone hunter, Gordon Bricken explored Orange County cemeteries to document how many Civil War veterans were buried there -- and then set out to tell their tales. One astonishing story: The influx of hundreds of soldiers to the region following war's end in 1865 included virtually all of the leaders of a movement that forever changed the local landscape. "All these Confederate veterans, the story goes, succeeded in getting their secession," Bricken later said, "by getting Orange County to secede from L.A.," in 1889.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1993 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A viewing will be held today for former Mayor and Fire Chief John Garthe, who died at the age of 86 after suffering a massive stroke. Garthe died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. After joining the city's Fire Department in 1924 as a volunteer, Garthe worked his way through the ranks. He retired in 1970 after 22 years as chief. Although he vowed to relax upon his retirement, Garthe instead became active again in city affairs, winning a seat on the City Council in 1971.
NEWS
May 27, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Elena Brunet, Karen Morris and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times, Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
They're not touted by Orange County tourist bureaus and many locals don't know they exist. Yet tours of county government offices often do a brisk business, in and out of tourist season. They're visited by students, professionals, civic groups and plenty of curious citizens. They're free but must be scheduled in advance. Most include access for the handicapped--check ahead of time with the tour guide. Here are a few you might want to consider: AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER Address: 1010 S. Harbor Blvd.
OPINION
March 17, 2002
Gene-o Platt's efforts to "restore" the veterans military markers at Santa Ana Cemetery may have permanently doomed them to ultimate decay (March 11). The markers are marble limestone markers; marble must never be sealed, as it must breathe. This is not a case for stopping Platt, who probably had good intentions, from doing something worthwhile. This is a case of the district cemetery trustees finally realizing they have an inherent responsibility to their cemetery. The only parties who may decide the matter of repairing or restoring a gravestone are 1)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2001 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Civil War goes on for Gene-o Platt. For the past three years, he has set up his tools at the Santa Ana Cemetery and gone about restoring the markers of the 483 graves of Civil War veterans. Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving, it doesn't matter. He's out there with his drills, brushes and sealer, scraping off the dirt, the fungus and the lichen from the Georgia marble tombstones of John Purtteman, Company L, 7th Illinois Calvary, or Capt. LaFayette Harlan, Company B, 9th Kentucky Infantry.
NEWS
November 25, 1993
What a fabulous photograph on the cover of your OC Live! of Oct. 28. And, what an interesting article regarding the pioneers of Orange County found in "Plots to Think About" by Rick VanderKnyff. It's a shame, however, that Rick was unable to link the cover photo to the story in a direct way. The cover's featured cemetery monument, WILLIAMS, belongs to our family. Isaac Williams, my great-grandfather, was an early California pioneer. Arriving with his three brothers in 1843, he settled first in Northern California, then purchased vast amounts of land with his friend, William Henry Spurgeon, in the Costa Mesa-Santa Ana area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1993 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A viewing will be held today for former Mayor and Fire Chief John Garthe, who died at the age of 86 after suffering a massive stroke. Garthe died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. After joining the city's Fire Department in 1924 as a volunteer, Garthe worked his way through the ranks. He retired in 1970 after 22 years as chief. Although he vowed to relax upon his retirement, Garthe instead became active again in city affairs, winning a seat on the City Council in 1971.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1989 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
The youth band never showed up. And when the somber-faced color detail from Fullerton High School's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps raised the American flag to half-staff, it twisted and stuck and had to be hoisted again. But minor snafus were beside the point for the more than 200 people who proudly ushered in Memorial Day at Fullerton's Loma Vista Memorial Park with patriotic songs, prayers, speeches and, at the close of Monday's 75-minute ceremony, a deafening rifle salute.
NEWS
May 27, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Elena Brunet, Karen Morris and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times, Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
They're not touted by Orange County tourist bureaus and many locals don't know they exist. Yet tours of county government offices often do a brisk business, in and out of tourist season. They're visited by students, professionals, civic groups and plenty of curious citizens. They're free but must be scheduled in advance. Most include access for the handicapped--check ahead of time with the tour guide. Here are a few you might want to consider: AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER Address: 1010 S. Harbor Blvd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1989 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
The youth band never showed up. And when the somber-faced color detail from Fullerton High School's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps raised the American flag to half-staff, it twisted and stuck and had to be hoisted again. But minor snafus were beside the point for the more than 200 people who proudly ushered in Memorial Day at Fullerton's Loma Vista Memorial Park with patriotic songs, prayers, speeches and, at the close of Monday's 75-minute ceremony, a deafening rifle salute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1987 | Andy Rose
Four teen-agers who broke 22 tombstones and knocked down an additional 43 markers at a Santa Ana cemetery last September have been sentenced to work programs and ordered to pay the cost of repair, according to a county prosecutor. A fifth boy is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next week, Deputy Dist. Atty. James Selth said. The youths, who are between 15 and 17 years old, were not identified because of their ages.
NEWS
September 27, 1986 | RAY PEREZ, Times Staff Writer
Police have arrested six teen-age punk rockers on suspicion of damaging or destroying 65 tombstones--some more than a century old--two weeks ago at Santa Ana's oldest cemetery, a police spokesman said Friday. Santa Ana Police Lt. Robert Chavez said the six boys, all 15 to 17 years old, were arrested at their high schools Thursday. They were booked on suspicion of trespassing and vandalism and were released to the custody of their parents.
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