The Druids Plot is Number 153, Block S in the Union Cemetery.
They were not the mysterious group that lends itself to old
English fascination, but rather they were a social
organization that enjoyed what most social organizations of
the day did, a good party with lots of booze. The Redwood City
chapter, Marvin Grove No.52, United Ancient Order of Druids
(U.A.O.D.), met on the first and third Monday nights in the
Wahl building, which stood on Main Street at the east end of
Broadway before Broadway was cut through.
A number of members of the Druids are buried in Plot 153S.
Among them are Jules Farron who died September 23, 1900, and
his wife Margaret. Jules was from France and Margaret from
Scotland. They were farmers. Michael V. Dubarry, died
November 14, 1893 at 63 years. He was also a farmer and very
involved in the farmer's exchange at Five-Points. charles M.
(Frits) Lind died November 8, 1899 at 56 years.
Also in this plot are three brothrer, Armand, Valentine and
August Kieffer, who came to California and La Honda from
France in the mid-1870s. They purchased a substantial parcel
of land at the timber line between La Honda and San Gregorio.
After several years they built and opened "The Alpine House",
which was about a mile west of the Sears Hotel.
The hotel was an immediate success because the French people of
San Francisco and San Jose began congregating on regular
occasions. The location was perfect for growing fresh
vegetables for great dinners, dairy products were immediately
available as well as eggs and poultry. The brothers began
taking vacationers on hunting and fishing expeditions in the
The bothers purchased a twelve seat coach which they named the
"La Honda", and developed regular trips to San Gregorio,
Pescadero, and Pebble Beach. The hotel also became a regular
stop fo the Knights Stage Coach Line. Both Simon Knights and
his regular driver Sam Stout enjoyed a few minutes in the
August was the first of the Kieffer brothrs to be buried in
Union Cemetery. He was driving a team of horses at high speed
on a sharp curve when the team ran away and the wagon turned
over, throwing him and killing him instantly. He died at age
39 on April 26, 1897.
Valentine Kieffer died suddenly in April 1915. He took his
own life with a shotgun.
Armand ran the hotel for one more year and then he joined his
brothers in the Druid Plot in mid-October 1916. The ceremony
for Armand at the cemetery was one of the more colorful in
memory, as the Druids gathered in their organizational colors
of red, green, yellow, and white.
--- from John Edmond's book Union Cemetery .
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