Odd Fellows Community Cemetery

Fallbrook, San Diego, California, United States

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From the San Diego History Center (San Diego Cemeteries: A Brief Guide by Laurie Bissell) (in part): "In 1904, F.W. Bartlett of Fallbrook offered the local Odd Fellows lodge the ownership of a three-acre plot of land. It had served as a burial ground since at least 1886. The lodge accepted, as a community service, the land and the responsibility. Additional land was given in 1932. "Situated on a hillside in the shade of impressive old pepper trees, the Odd Fellows Community Cemetery radiates history. Many of the markers, varying from simple wooden crosses to marble obelisks, date to the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Names include early Fallbrook families such as Fallis, Scott, Lamb, Mack and Ellis. "One of the first Congressional Medal Winners rests here. Sergeant William Pittinger became a Civil War hero as one of 'Andrews Raiders,' who swept through Georgia on a stolen train. Once settled in Fallbrook, he served as the Methodist minister until his death in 1889. "In 1904, the I.O.O.F. set the price of its cemetery plots at fifteen dollars for a single plot, or fifty dollars for eight plots (family rate), excluding maintenance. "The price remains at the 1904 rate, but problems occurred due to the exclusion of maintenance in the initial cost. Relatives of the deceased generally cared for the family plots, or paid the three dollar annual maintenance fee asked by the lodge. As time passed, relatives moved away or died, and the cemetery deteriorated. Eventually a donor left a grant for cemetery restoration and upkeep." From the San Diego Tribune (by Linda McIntosh, November. 14, 2014) (in part): "The graveyard is the final resting place of many of Fallbrook’s early homesteaders and community leaders, said Kathleen Gerard, president of the Fallbrook Quester Chapter, Live Oak #1166. Veterans of all wars are buried there, including William Pittenger, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Fallbrook minister and resident. Pittenger served in the Civil War and was awarded a Medal of Honor on March 25, 1863, for his participation in the Great Locomotive Chase. He was buried at the cemetery on April 25, 1904. A Medal of Honor marker was placed at his grave in 1988."
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