Although it turns out Eichar’s Grave is not the actual gravesite of John Eichar (his true burial spot is unmarked) there is a sweet memorial set up for him that is fenced off with a tombstone.
John J. Eichar was believed to be a cook for the occupants of the Los Penasquitos ranch house in the late 1800’s. He came from Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania. His grave seems to be the only one in the preserve.
It tells about his life fairly well and includes good information on his ancestors. His wife, Harriet S. and their remaining two children, John R. Eichar and Harriet E. Eichar moved back to Colorado after John J. ‘s death and the death of another son, Charles, shortly after, also in Rancho Penaquistos.
Harriet S. and her son, John R. are buried in Colorado. The whereabouts of the daughter, Harriet E. is not known after she married Farley Howard in 1887. Howard married another woman in 1895 so he may have divorced Harriet or that Harriet died. The memorial sign is inaccurate in its statement that John Joseph Eichar was married to a Mary Bonewitz. Another John Eichar married her and both were alive in Indiana a long time after John Joseph died.