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

ADAMS

George

40 yrs

Sep 6, 1901

AIKEN

Marion L.

74 yrs

July 3, 1903

ARICA

Antonio

33 yrs

Oct 31, 1892

AVENATTI

Luigi

19 yrs

May 4, 1901

BARGARAH

Tiburcio

77 yrs

May 31, 1897

BECKER

Nick

60 yrs

Mar 10, 1899

BLUNDELL

John

40 yrs

Feb 5, 1901

BOOTH

Priscilla

71 yrs

Feb 6, 1901

BROWN

James

77 yrs

Jul 15, 1895

BROWN

Mike

42 yrs

Nov 7, 1894

BRYANT

William

76 yrs

Nov 7, 1899

BUROLA

Severo

85 yrs

Feb 18, 1901

BURTRAN

Seymour

18 yrs

Oct 27, 1896

BUTLER

Chrles J.

35 yrs

Jun 3, 1893

CAMENSFIELD

A.F.O.

35 yrs

Sep 11, 1899

CARRILLO

Frances

1 day

Oct 7, 1901

CLAREY

Chrles H.

77 yrs

Jan 3, 1904

CLARK

James

42 yrs

Oct 27, 1903

COLCLOUGH

Richard

52 yrs

May 22, 1900

CONTRERAS

Antonio

80 yrs

Jan 4, 1903

CRAIG

Hiram

76 yrs

Nov 11, 1902

CRUZ

Priscila

3 yrs

Apr 3, 1904

DAHL

George

38 yrs

Jun 7, 1897

DOHR

George

60 yrs

Jun 23, 1898

DUFF

Taryned

73 yrs

Apr 26, 1903

DUFFY

John

35 yrs

May 17, 1896

DUPONT

Margaret

42 yrs

Jan 16, 1895

EARLY

Bernard

70 yrs

Nov 22, 1897

ELLESSON

Bert

25 yrs

Feb 12, 1893

ESPINOSA

Juan

15 yrs

Dec 14, 1903

EVA

Richard

44 yrs

Jun 28, 1896

FARWELL

George W.

35 yrs

May 23, 1895

FESTE

William

30 yrs

May 20, 1896

FITZGERALD

Edward C.

28 yrs

Dec 12, 1899

FLEET

Thomas

23 yrs

Aug 1, 1892

FRESHONE

Lason

72 yrs

Sep 15, 1897

GAGE

Thomas

44 yrs

Oct 9, 1900

GARDNER

A.F.

56 yrs

Jan 26, 1902

GRAHAM

Benjamin F.

88 yrs

Sep 22, 1903

GUILLEN

Senobio

27 yrs

Mar 6, 1902

GUIROS

S. Gorgonia

86 yrs

Oct 24, 1901

HARRIS

Solomon

61 yrs

Oct 8, 1899

HARTMAN

Frank

28 yrs

Mar 14, 1895

HAYNES

Willie

1 yr

Oct 2, 1892

HENRY

Jacob

76 yrs

Mar 28, 1899

HOOPS

Abraham

80 yrs

Nov 5, 1898

HUBBELL

Infant daughter of William H.

Stillborn

Feb 16, 1903

JOHNSON

Stephen

73 yrs

Jun 1, 1902

JORGINSEN

Luis Peter

18 yrs

Jul 31, 1893

KNAPP

Melville A.

60 yrs

Jan 28, 1901

LAYFIELD

Joseph

73 yrs

Oct 6, 1894

LIND

Frank

37 yrs

Mar 15, 1894

LINES

Hiram

85 yrs

Dec 19, 1900

LOVELL

William

83 yrs

Jan 6, 1901

MARTINEZ

J.

24 yrs

Jun 17, 1898

MASSONI

Gasparo

54 yrs

Jun 17, 1900

MATCHETT

B.M.

84 yrs

Sep 4, 1903

MC CAFFREY

Edward

40 yrs

Jun 18, 1894

MENDOZA

Francisco

35 yrs

Mar 12, 1901

MERCER

George

50 yrs

Dec 7, 1899

MERRITT

Morgan

66 yrs

Sep 10, 1899

MORA

Frutasio

70 yrs

Jun 28, 1898

MORGAN

Infant son of H.

Stillborn

Jun 1, 1899

MYER

W.J.

60 yrs

Jan 11, 1901

NICKELSON

Hans

79 yrs

Jul 10, 1898

ORMON

Reine

69 yrs

Jan 28, 1902

OVALDO

Manuel

65 yrs

Dec 4, 1896

PALMTREE

James

90 yrs

Jun 6, 1894

PARIANI

Giuseppi

46 yrs

Apr 15, 1894

PINERO

Manrico

75 yrs

Mar 23, 1901

PRICE

B.R.

64 yrs

Aug 5, 1893

PURDY

Byron

77 yrs

Jan 15, 1903

RAMOS

Pedro

35 yrs

Sep 15, 1901

RECASENA

Ygnacio

72 yrs

Oct 11, 1892

RILEY

John

21 yrs

Aug 1, 1896

ROBLES

Lorenzo

70 yrs

Sep 4, 1901

RYLAND

Henry

40 yrs

Dec 27, 1894

SANFORD

John

102 yrs

Mar 8, 1897

SCHINDER

Peter

77 yrs

Feb 19, 1897

SCHROEDER

Henry

38 yrs

Jan 24, 1899

SHEARMASTER

Samuel

16 yrs

Apr 1, 1894

SHELLEY

Percy Bysshe

50 yrs

Jul 23, 1897

SHILLING

Thomas

34 yrs

May 24, 1901

SMITH

Jerome

60 yrs

Mar 20, 1894

SWEENEY

Joseph R.

33 yrs

May 14, 1896

THOMAS

Charles

43 yrs

Feb 27, 1895

TODD

Joseph

62 yrs

July 22, 1892

TODD

Infant dau. Of W. A.

Stillborn

Feb 17, 1903

UNKNOWN (man)

About 60 yrs

Nov 4, 1895

UNKNOWN (man)

About 40 yrs

Sep 11, 1898

VILLOTTI

Angello

28 yrs

Jul 23, 1896

WALLACE

W.

47 yrs

Feb 16, 1902

WALZ

William Lewis

38 yrs

Apr 2, 1897

WEIMER

Edward

21 yrs

Jul 1, 1893

WHITE

A.H.

86 yrs

Jan 19, 1903

WILLS

Hugh

35 yrs

Apr 6, 1903

WOLTHEIS

Dennis

22 yrs

Nov 29, 1895

YATES

Alex

74 yrs

Aug 23, 1900

ZIMMERMAN

William

30 yrs

Aug 17, 1896

Last edited December 24, 2002

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