At Rest at Cypress Lawn: Louis Drexler (1836-1899)
One of the great landholders in California, owning thousands of acres in Tulare, Colusa, and Yolo counties, Louis Drexler ran mining operations, raised cattle, and became a noted vintner as the president and manager of the Fresno Vineyard Company — the largest producer in the region at the time.
Drexler’s massive and magnificent marble sarcophagus topped by a seated figure of the Archangel Michael — one of the four military angels who guarded the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven — tumbled forward in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Its grand spreading wings were sheared off as well as the sword in his right hand and the star above his head. The toes sustained damage. Those precious keys remained intact in Michael’s grip. Close examination of the marble figure, especially in the back, will reveal hints of the statue’s original grandeur.
Drexler is laid to rest within Section F, Lot 32 at Cypress Lawn. Click here to view an interactive map of our Memorial Park.