Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A Monument Love Story Restoration Project
Georgia and Martin planned their wedding to be held on New Year’s Day of the centennial year, 1876. Georgia Fisher became ill and died suddenly of typhoid pneumonia four days before the wedding.
Martin Bergman, a Swedish immigrant sculpture in Sacramento, tearfully constructed the ornately tiled base for the monument. His father, John Bergman, added an exquisite statue of the angel Gabriel. An equally beautiful column was created by his brother John. Together, they built an ornamented clay pedestal fence around the plot. One can imagine the love in this family where a father and brother shared in the grief of a son and brother so deeply that they helped him build a monument to Martin’s lovely, young fiancée.
One reason this monument should be restored is to preserve a work created by one of Sacramento’s earliest potters and to retain part of the history of Sacramento’s early pottery and monument works. Martin Bergman and Bergman Brother’s Pottery, was the predecessor to Sacramento Pottery. Bergman Bros., opening in 1866, preceded the well known Gladding McBean Pottery of Lincoln, California which opened in 1875. Bergman Bros. was renowned in the 1860’s for its use of local quality terra cotta, a quality Gladding McBean became known for after 1875. Bergman family lore says Gladding McBean’s knowledge of local terra cotta came from Martin Bergman’s association with Charles Gladding. Research indicates there was an association between Martin Bergman and Mr. Gladding in Washington State as well.
The Old City Cemetery Committee, Inc. is proud to be part of this restoration project. If funds are sufficient it will be restored as practical to its original condition.
Erected by Old City Cemetery Commission, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers • Women.
Location. 38° 33.806′ N, 121° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Margaret Rhodes Crocker (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacramento City Cemetery / People of the Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sacramento City Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Hardin Bigelow (about 400 feet away); The 17 Doctors of the 1850 Sacramento Cholera Epidemic (about 400 feet away); John A. Sutter, Jr. (about 400 feet away); In Memory of the Old Tier Grounds (about 400 feet away); General George Wright (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker at the Gladding, McLean facility in Lincoln, California
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,679 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 1, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.