Via our Port Hueneme Police Department: All Ventura County beaches serve as important habitats for a variety of shorebirds. Here in Hueneme, we share our beach with wildlife that depends upon the beach for their survival. Please take a moment to read this publication from the Audubon Society and help us keep Hueneme Beach awesome! (the link opens a pdf document in a new tab)
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Frank Naumann “Pleasant Valley Cemetery & Saviers’ grave”
August 18, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Hueneme Masonic Cemetery, located east of the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Etting Road, was established in 1898. The first board of directors—all Hueneme residents—include Frank Petit, W.S. Saviors, Henry Levy, I. M. Poggi and Achille Levy. Senator Thomas Bard was a major financial supporter.
Frank Naumann was raised on a farm located just adjacent to the Hueneme Masonic Cemetery. In fact, Frank’s father would often remind his son that the graveyard residents were the best neighbors anybody could ever have. It’s no surprise to learn that Roberto Garcia (Oxnard’s Garcia Mortuary), who purchased the property in 2014, would invite Frank to research and write the cemetery’s history. This presentation is based on Naumann’s 2015 book.
Although hundreds of people were buried in the Masonic cemetery over the years, Naumann chose to document the lives of 31 individuals interred between 1898 and 1918. Just think, some of these folks fought in the Civil War or World War I; rode in the first or traveled across the country on a train; lost their lives to the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918; had their home lives transformed by the electric light and the telephone; and learned about the flight of the Wright Brothers as well as the sinking of the Titanic at the very time these momentous events occurred.
Naumann’s accounts include a couple of Grand Army of the Republic veterans, a former nurse who aided the victims of the Johnstown Flood, the first elected Justice of Peace of Hueneme Township, and an electrocuted telephone lineman who was accidentally buried in the wrong cemetery.
If you caught Eileen Tracy’s presentation on the Saviers family, you won’t want to miss learning about Saviers and the pioneers buried in Ventura County’s first local cemetery.