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Clampers to erect monument at Ceres first residence
Whitmore house
The Daniel Whitmore House on Fifth Street will be getting a new monument sign courtesy of the Clampers.

The Clampers were given permission Monday to erect a concrete monument at the Daniel Whitmore Home, the first residence of Ceres that stands at 2928 Fifth Street.

In 1989 the city purchased the two-story home built by Daniel Whitmore in 1869 and finished in 1870. The home has been restored to the era and a pre-fabricated building was introduced on the property to serve as the Ceres Historical Society Museum. Daniel Whitmore died in Ceres in Jan. 30, 1893 while his widow, Lucy Jane Whitmore, died in Oakland on Sept. 30, 1898. Both are buried at the Ceres Memorial Park.

The Clampers, otherwise known as E Clampus Vitus, are a fraternal organization known for volunteering time and labor to install monuments marking locations of historical significance in the Valley and Mother Lode areas.

The monument will stand 64 inches tall and be covered with a stone overlay of gold quartzite. The plaque will be a polished black face with white letters engraved. The Clampers want to place the monument 13 feet back from the white picket fence and to the north of the driveway. The monument plaque will bear the Ceres Historical Society and City of Ceres logos.