"Now that we have two M.D.'s, the people have concluded that we need a
cemetery. On October 21, 1902 an organization was affected and a Board of
Directors was elected".
- The Tattler, Vol I. #2, Oct., 1902
In 1902 a group of interested local citizens banded together to form The Fair Oaks Cemetery Association. The group purchased two and a half acres at Olive and New York Avenues for $250.00 for a community burial ground. The Cemetery Association was incorporated November 3, 1903.
In 1926, a large majority of citizens petitioned the county for a taxing district. Thus the Fair Oaks Cemetery District was formed August 28, 1926 as a Public Cemetery, by resolution of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.
Two of the earliest burials at the Fair Oaks Cemetery are Lillian Maude Shelton and Nellie Williams, who both died in 1898. The first "official" burial was that of Mrs. Sarah Vail in 1903.
Of the many veterans buried in the Fair Oaks Cemetery, there are about a dozen who saw service in the Civil War.
Headstone Mystery Finally Solved!
Almost 20 years ago, a headstone was left outside the gate at Fair Oaks Cemetery. There were no birth or death date engraved on the headstone, only the name Christina. No one knew where the headstone had come from or where it belonged. The staff at the cemetery set up Christina’s headstone near the front office, and many visitors asked about her over the years. It was hope that someone would recognize the headstone so it could be returned to its proper place.
Almost five years ago, Ray Young, District Manager at Fair Oaks Cemetery, told the story of Christina’s headstone to Bob Wascou of the Sacramento Cemetery Commission. Bob was very familiar with the history of various Sacramento area cemeteries, and he decided to investigate where the headstone belonged.