Sequim: There may be bodies buried in that park!

SEQUIM — Everyone knows who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb, but there’s question about who’s buried at Pioneer Park in the 300 block of East Washington Street.

Two weeks ago, the City Council accepted ownership of the park in an agreement with the Sequim Valley Garden Club and Sequim Cemetery Association.

Under the pact, the garden club will continue to maintain the grounds and buildings with the city picking up the tab for utilities.

At the time the city accepted the property, Public Works Director James Bay told the council he’d been notified that all of the bodies had been moved to Sequim View Cemetery when the park was established sometime in the early 1900s.

When the 95-year-old Bradshaw read that in a Peninsula Daily News account of the transfer, she said: “Not so!”

Bradshaw, who was born in Sequim on Dec. 2, 1907, said she’s positive her grandparents, Walter and Jane Govan, as well as her uncle Joe Govan Jr. are still buried at the park.

She believes they died in the 1880s.

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