Return to the drainage ditch and proceed west to the next red "X" at the
foot of the Vail stones.
Sarah Morrell Vail, was the first burial in the Fair Oaks Cemetery in 1903.
Sarah and her husband, Hiram Vail (buried just south of her) came to Fair
Oaks from Pilger, Nebraska.
The following is an exerpt from the article written by Grant Wallace Jr.’s
a neighbor of the
Vails as published in the Memories book:
“Mr. Wallace passed away at Hopkins in 1896. His wife and
daughters, Ella and Olive, joined my father’s family at Fair
Oaks on July 10, 1898.
We lived together until about 1903 when my father found it
necessary to move to the city on account of the pressure at
work. He then sold the place to my mother’s parents, Hiram
and Sarah Vail, who had come out from Pilger, Nebraska
with their daughter, Emily.
Mr. Vail was an experienced farmer, and carried on the
place very efficiently. My time as a boy was spent between
our home in San Francisco and Tanglewood, for I never
could get Fair Oaks out of my blood. “