Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Charlotte Marie Thieme

I drove past the cemetery and felt the urge to drop in. Eddie and Gabriel (the fabulous caretakers) waved at me as I drove around the edge. I spotted a stone I hadn't seen before. Usually I am there looking for something particular so all others don't register. I had a thought to go over there, so I listened. Here is this beautiful grave for a little girl, Charlotte Marie Thieme. I know her!! Well, not exactly, but I know of her.
Look at this angel, she has the sweetest face. Now I start wondering about the stone carver.
I have heard stories from the historical community (I can't document this, Footnote Maven, because I heard it somewhere at sometime that I don't know). I heard that her father, Oscar Thieme, built a beautiful ranch for his bride, Lydia. He planted plants, flowers and trees from all over the world, made the place VERY impressive. Then brought his bride here. Soon they had a baby girl. She died after a few days from crib death. They were so devastated that they sold everything and moved back to Germany.
The ranch, known as Lemonia Grove, is still here, it is still lovely, still has the original packing house and home and the current owners are very generous with their home and property. This town was once known as "The Lemon Capital of the World." Corona's history is based on lemons and oranges.
Now I am curious, so I began my own research. 'Went to the library but every single microfiche reader was "out of service." I came home and did an internet research. Attention Genealogist: Do your own research, don't believe what is written or told to you.
Charlotte's parents were devastated but they stayed on in Corona for several more years. They had two more children. Oscar built another packing house by the railroad tracts. He also had many investments in San Francisco and traveled there often. In 1906 there was the horrible earthquake, and it ruined everything for the Thiemes. In the 1910 census Oscar, Lydia and their other two children were in Oakland, California. Oscar worked as a manager at a insurance business.
As far as I can tell they stayed in California, although I haven't found a burial spot for them. Their son was in San Francisco in 1940.
I imagine it was very sad to leave their little baby all by herself at the Sunnyslope Cemetery in Corona. I am sure they went to say "Goodbye" before they moved, they stood where I stood and grieved. I wonder if they ever returned.
I am going to adopt her.


S. Lincecum said...

The last line made me smile. Thank-you!

JoLyn said...

Great research - what an interesting article and photo!

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