It's important for the public to know of an incident that happened to my family. My year-old brother died in 1933. My parents were very poor and could not afford a headstone. He was buried by the county in "paupers' field," as they call it.
In 1997, my siblings and I finally bought a headstone for his grave. Two months ago, I went again to visit his grave site, as I have done many times. I could not find him. I went to the office and got a map to where he was. The man at Modesto Pioneer Cemetery helped me find him. His grave site was covered with grass and, worst of all, according to the map the headstone was at the wrong grave. For these past 10 years we had been praying at someone else's grave.
How can people make such mistakes? If I hadn't been persistent, we would have never known.
Also, I do not appreciate the name for the area my brother is buried in -- "paupers' field." That's degrading. My siblings and I were all born and raised here in Modesto and have paid taxes all our lives. They need to change that name.
ANGIE C. ORTEGA