Davis and Deyoe Family History

The Genealogy of Lester and Eleanor Davis

 Quartzsite Cemetery, Quartzsite, LaPaz County, Arizona, USA


Latitude: 33.66481801428327, Longitude: -114.23553943634033

Notes:
Quartzsite Cemetery is located in Quartzsite, La Paz County, Arizone, USA. The cemetery is sometimes known as Hi Jolly Cemeter.
Take exit 17 off of Interstate 10, you'll come into Quartzsite on Main Street. Pass the Main Event Flea Market and follow the signs to the Hi Jolly Monument about 1/2 mile from the freeway. This historical monument is located inside of the Quartzsite Cemetery. You'll turn left into the cemetery. The Hi Jolly Monument is very large and can be seen from Main Street.
The official name is" Quartzsite Cemetery". There is a huge monument to Hi Jolly inside of the cemetery. There are historical markers along the road to the "Hi Jolly Monument", but it is actually located inside the Quartzsite Cemetery. Lots of people get this confused. When asked, most people want directions to the monument not necessarily the cemetery. So that's why the signs will all say Hi Jolly Monument.
The cemetery is divided into two part, One is the older part with very old headstones. the newer section is better kept and the stones are readable. In the older section there are 12 graves where the headstones are so old and damaged, you cannot read the names or dates. and there are four headstones that simply Say “Unknown Miner”.
The cemetery is operated and maintained by the Town of Quartzsite for the purposes of providing a cemetery, historic site and park. The Hi Jolly monument is in the pioneer section of the cemetery where Quartzsite’s pioneer families were and are laid to rest. There is a new section to the cemetery also for those who chose to be interred in Quartzsite. The cemetery sits at the west end of Town and has a wonderful desert vista in every direction. There are mountain ranges and foothills to be seen from every viewpoint. The Town is committed to beautifying the cemetery and preserving this historic site.
Hi Jolly wasn’t his name. The famed camel driver was born Philip Tedro, a Greek born in Syria. He converted to Islam and made a pilgrimage to Mecca, hence his first name, Hadji Ali. The American version of that became Hi Jolly. It was also a better name for a camel driver, which is what he was when he first came to this country as part of a U.S. Cavalry experiment in the 1850′s. He is by far the most colorful of the camel drivers because he remained in the desert southwest and became a prospector, scout and was a courier for what was called the Jackass Mail. He was a packer, hauling freight in the area also. Hi Jolly died in December of 1902, in what in now known as Quartzsite, Arizona. In his day the town was called Tyson’s Well, but the history does not stop there. In 1934 the Arizona Department of Transportation erected a monument over his grave. His grave became the beginning of the pioneer cemetery. The monument is a favorite of visitors to Arizona.


Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Burial place for Jessie Leah Cormer
Burial place for Jessie Leah Cormer
Interred in Quartzsite Cemetery, Quartzsite, LaPaz County, Arizona, USA 
Not yet located    Jessie Leah CORMER (d. 1930)
 
Burial place for William George Keiser
Burial place for William George Keiser
Interred in Quartzsite Cemetery, Quartzsite, LaPaz County, Arizona, USA 
Not yet located    William George KEISER (d. 1963)
 

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