Karen Davis has taken her job as Sexton of the Butte Falls Cemetery another step. Not only does she oversee burials today, she has researched and obtained information on each of the 607 people buried there and this includes #607 who will be placed with other family members this month.
All of this information is now in a book she just released called “Under the Giants Those Buried in the Butte Falls Cemetery.”
Davis was born and raised in Butte Falls. Family names buried in the Butte Falls Cemetery include Oden, Pennington and Nunes. Davis has volunteered for 15 years in an effort to be sure everyone buried at the cemetery is remembered and identified. To that end she has received grants and some financial support to place plaques, photograph and map the cemetery. And now, she has committed her work to print. “Many of the early pioneers who worked falling huge sugar pines, now rest “Under the Giants,” said Davis.
The book contains the name of the person, including maiden names when known; location by block, lot, plot and her own reference number. The reference number is from her research, which includes 11 books. She includes information she has regarding the individual, such as family members, employment on each listing in the book. She has a “Guide Book” at the main entrance to the cemetery.
Also included in “Under the Giants” is a separate listing of the 52 veterans buried at the cemetery.
“It has been said many times: ‘Everyone is related to everyone in Butte Falls.’ Even if you are not related, no doubt you’ve heard the saying that:’In Butte Falls we are like one big family,’ and Karen’s new book tells us why,” said Joyce Hailicka, in her preface to the book.
Davis said her interest in the cemetery is not just a hobby “it is a passion.”
The book is available for $14.95 from Davis. She can be reached at 541-865-3618 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org . The book will be for sale at the July 4th festivities in Butte Falls and is also available for sale at the Independent office.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent