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Santa Barbara County Hospital Cemetery

a.k.a.
SPORTSMEN'S FIELD
a.k.a.
POTTER'S FIELD


According to the Record of Deaths chronology in the Office of the County Recorder, 100 burials were made by the County in the "County Hospital Cemetery" which at that time was adjacent to the County Hospital, located on South Salinas Street in Santa Barbara City. This number of burials is borne out by Mrs. Bonilla's observation in 1960 of five rows of headstones, each row having twenty graves. Even at that time, however, many of the headstones had been uprooted and thrown to one side, though the grave place was still plainly visible. The first burial occurred July 22, 1892; the last, April 3, 1904. On 62 headstones the names and dates were decipherable. On 20 headstones, the names were all or partially obliterated, though the dates and ages were decipherable.

Twelve headstones were entirely defaced. Six headstones were missing. From the fragmentary dates and ages remaining, the County Recorder, Rita van Buskirk, was able to supply the missing names for sixteen of the headstones. She searched the chronological files of deaths and found eighteen additional records of burials in this cemetery that matches the number of totally defaced and missing headstones. The list is complete she assured. Two "Unknown" (man) items are shown, but these appear as such in the death records. The body of a man was found floating in the ocean, name unknown, and the other body of a man was found under similar circumstances.

Buried in this County cemetery are 95 men or boys and 5 women or girls. In age they range from a stillborn infant to a 102 year-old man. Causes of death, and occupations, are as varied as they would be in any heterogeneous group of 100 people.

Deeds registered in the County Recorder's Office show that the County acquired title to the present General Hospital grounds in 1911 at a price of $30,000. The county proceeded to build the nucleus of the present General Hospital shortly thereafter. In 1915 the county entered into negotiations for the sale of the old County Hospital property located on Cacique and South Salinas Streets. The conveyance was finally completed in 1917 and it was in this year, according to Santa Barbara Historical Society records, that the "Hospital Cemetery" was moved to the northeast corner of the new hospital property. The remains of those buried there were encased in 2x2x2 redwood boxes at the time of transfer.

It appears that there is no record of a directive to any county agency for the maintenance and care of this transferred cemetery. As a result, it was first merely neglected. Then as the brush grew up around it, it was forgotten. After this portion of the property was leased to the Sportsmen's Club, the headstones became splintered away by stray bullets during target practice; and successive generations of children re-discovered the old graveyard, to its detriment.

Gratitude is given to the Santa Barbara Historical Society, and in particular, to three of its members, Mr. And Mrs. A. A. Bonilla and Mrs. R. S. Tenny, who supplied so much data that made it possible to give names to the nameless who are buried there.

As a curious sidelight, horses belonging to the Billings Stables were buried in the old original graveyard, and the famous horse, Uhlan, is buried there.

The names, dates and ages shown on this list are as they appear in the Register of Deaths in the office of the Santa Barbara County Recorder.

Surname First Name Age Date of Death
ADAMSGeorge40 yrsSep 6, 1901
AIKENMarion L.74 yrsJuly 3, 1903
ARICAAntonio33 yrsOct 31, 1892
AVENATTILuigi19 yrsMay 4, 1901
BARGARAHTiburcio77 yrsMay 31, 1897
BECKERNick60 yrsMar 10, 1899
BLUNDELLJohn40 yrsFeb 5, 1901
BOOTHPriscilla71 yrsFeb 6, 1901
BROWNJames77 yrs Jul 15, 1895
BROWNMike42 yrsNov 7, 1894
BRYANTWilliam76 yrsNov 7, 1899
BUROLASevero85 yrsFeb 18, 1901
BURTRANSeymour18 yrsOct 27, 1896
BUTLERChrles J.35 yrsJun 3, 1893
CAMENSFIELDA.F.O.35 yrsSep 11, 1899
CARRILLOFrances1 dayOct 7, 1901
CLAREYChrles H.77 yrsJan 3, 1904
CLARKJames42 yrsOct 27, 1903
COLCLOUGHRichard52 yrsMay 22, 1900
CONTRERASAntonio80 yrsJan 4, 1903
CRAIGHiram76 yrsNov 11, 1902
CRUZPriscila3 yrsApr 3, 1904
DAHLGeorge38 yrsJun 7, 1897
DOHRGeorge60 yrsJun 23, 1898
DUFFTaryned73 yrsApr 26, 1903
DUFFYJohn35 yrsMay 17, 1896
DUPONTMargaret42 yrsJan 16, 1895
EARLYBernard70 yrsNov 22, 1897
ELLESSONBert25 yrsFeb 12, 1893
ESPINOSAJuan15 yrsDec 14, 1903
EVARichard44 yrsJun 28, 1896
FARWELLGeorge W.35 yrsMay 23, 1895
FESTEWilliam30 yrsMay 20, 1896
FITZGERALDEdward C.28 yrsDec 12, 1899
FLEETThomas23 yrsAug 1, 1892
FRESHONELason72 yrsSep 15, 1897
GAGEThomas44 yrsOct 9, 1900
GARDNERA.F.56 yrsJan 26, 1902
GRAHAMBenjamin F.88 yrsSep 22, 1903
GUILLENSenobio27 yrsMar 6, 1902
GUIROSS. Gorgonia86 yrsOct 24, 1901
HARRISSolomon61 yrsOct 8, 1899
HARTMANFrank28 yrsMar 14, 1895
HAYNESWillie1 yrOct 2, 1892/td>
HENRYJacob76 yrsMar 28, 1899
HOOPSAbraham80 yrsNov 5, 1898
HUBBELLInfant daughter of William H.StillbornFeb 16, 1903
JOHNSONStephen73 yrsJun 1, 1902
JORGINSENLuis Peter18 yrsJul 31, 1893
KNAPPMelville A.60 yrsJan 28, 1901
LAYFIELDJoseph73 yrsOct 6, 1894
LINDFrank37 yrsMar 15, 1894
LINESHiram85 yrsDec 19, 1900
LOVELLWilliam83 yrsJan 6, 1901
MARTINEZJ.24 yrsJun 17, 1898
MASSONIGasparo54 yrsJun 17, 1900
MATCHETTB.M.84 yrsSep 4, 1903
MC CAFFREYEdward40 yrsJun 18, 1894
MENDOZAFrancisco35 yrsMar 12, 1901
MERCERGeorge50 yrsDec 7, 1899
MERRITTMorgan66 yrsSep 10, 1899
MORAFrutasio70 yrsJun 28, 1898
MORGANInfant son of H.StillbornJun 1, 1899
MYERW.J.60 yrsJan 11, 1901
NICKELSONHans79 yrsJul 10, 1898
ORMONReine69 yrsJan 28, 1902
OVALDOManuel65 yrsDec 4, 1896
PALMTREEJames90 yrsJun 6, 1894
PARIANIGiuseppi46 yrsApr 15, 1894
PINEROManrico75 yrsMar 23, 1901
PRICEB.R.64 yrsAug 5, 1893
PURDYByron77 yrsJan 15, 1903
RAMOSPedro35 yrsSep 15, 1901
RECASENAYgnacio72 yrsOct 11, 1892
RILEYJohn21 yrsAug 1, 1896
ROBLESLorenzo70 yrsSep 4, 1901
RYLANDHenry40 yrsDec 27, 1894
SANFORDJohn102 yrsMar 8, 1897
SCHINDERPeter77 yrsFeb 19, 1897
SCHROEDERHenry38 yrsJan 24, 1899
SHEARMASTERSamuel16 yrsApr 1, 1894
SHELLEYPercy Bysshe50 yrsJul 23, 1897
SHILLINGThomas34 yrsMay 24, 1901
SMITHJerome60 yrsMar 20, 1894
SWEENEYJoseph R.33 yrsMay 14, 1896
THOMASCharles43 yrsFeb 27, 1895
TODDJoseph62 yrsJuly 22, 1892
TODDInfant dau. Of W. A.StillbornFeb 17, 1903
UNKNOWN (man)About 60 yrsNov 4, 1895
UNKNOWN (man)About 40 yrsSep 11, 1898
VILLOTTIAngello28 yrsJul 23, 1896
WALLACEW.47 yrsFeb 16, 1902
WALZWilliam Lewis38 yrsApr 2, 1897
WEIMEREdward21 yrsJul 1, 1893
WHITEA.H.86 yrsJan 19, 1903
WILLSHugh35 yrsApr 6, 1903
WOLTHEISDennis22 yrsNov 29, 1895
YATESAlex74 yrsAug 23, 1900
ZIMMERMANWilliam30 yrsAug 17, 1896
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