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ISSN 0734-4988
Ancestors West
A quarterly publication for the members of the
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
February 2014 Vol. 39, No. 1
CONTENTS
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A Message from Bob Bason, President
Editor’s Note
Wonderful and Beloved Mother: Mary Pat Frolick Hobbs
A Grave Mystery: The Hunt for Anna Rebecca Ferl
Tripped Up: Barbara Bauer’s Grave
Hot Blogs: A Guide to Genealogy Using Google Earth
Oscar Thaddeus “Thad” Jameson (Grandpa J.) 1881–1945
Random Thoughts and Lessons Learned Regarding Death Records
Obituaries and Cemeteries
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1947 Death Notices and Obituaries from the Santa Ynez Valley News
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Genealogy Indeed Can Be Rewarding
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Through the Looking Glass
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A Visit to Live Oak Memorial Park
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Family History Alive in the Cemetery
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Finding Find A Grave – Ancestry.com Purchases Find A Grave
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Nicolas Rayes – an Early Santa Barbara Luthier – A Reminiscence
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Finding Concetta
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“A Name Known to Los Angeles Since 1890”
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Cemeteries Hold Lasting Memories
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Ancestors West Surname Index
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Book Reviews: Discovering Cemeteries, & Burying Grounds
at the Library
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Surname Index from Santa Ynez Valley News 1947 Extracts
Inside Back Cover: Author Guidelines Ancestors West
Back Cover: Pot Shots
Board of directors
effective July 1, 2013
Robert Bason
President
Marie Sue Parsons
President Elect
Jim Wilson
Robert Goeller, III
1st V.P. - Programs
Sue Ramsey
2nd V.P. - Members
Deborah Kaska
Secretary
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
directors at Large
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1303, Goleta CA 93116-1303
www.sbgen.org
E -mail: info@sbgen.org
Emily Aasted
Rosa Avolio
Janice Cloud
Michol Colgan
Jim Friestad
Sahyun Genealogy Library
(SBCGS facility)
316 Castillo St., Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 884-9909
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Membership
Tree Tips monthly newsletter and
Ancestors West (quarterly publication).
Active (individual)–$40; Family (2 same household)–$60; Friend–$50;
Donor–$75; Patron–$150; Life–$1000 (one-time donation)
Meetings: Regular monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday
of each month except August. Meetings begin at 10:30 a.m. at the First
Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. at State Street in Santa
Barbara. Prior to the meeting at 9:30 are sessions for Beginners, Help
Wanted, Germanic Research, Italian Research, DNA Special Interest
Group (SIG), and Genealogy and Technology.
Established in 1972, the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society (SBis to promote genealogy by providing assistance and educational opportunities for those who are interested in pursuing their family history.
Ancestors West is currently published quarterly in February, May, August,
November. Articles of family history or of historical nature are welcomed
and used as space permits (see inside back cover for submission details).
As available, current and back issues are $6.00 each including postage.
Library subscription to Ancestors West is $20.00 per year. Ancestors West is
indexed in the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen
County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Christine Klukkert
Marsha Martin
Kathie Morgan
Walter Orso
Jean Pettitt
Robert Rothenberg
Art Sylvester
Diane Sylvester
John Woodward
Past Presidents
Mary E. Hall 2011-’12
Art Sylvester 2007-’10
Michol Colgan 2003-’06
Sheila Block 2002-’03
James Friestad 2000-’02
Emily Hills Aasted 1998-’00
Janice Gibson Cloud 1996-’98
Carol Fuller Kosai 1993-’94
Beatrice Mohr McGrath 1989-’92
Ken Mathewson 1987-’88
Janice Gibson Cloud 1985-’86
Doreen Cook Dullea 1984
Harry Titus 1982
Emily Petty Thies 1981
Bette Gorrell Kot 1980
Harry Titus 1979
Mary Ellen Galbraith 1978
Carlton M. Smith 1977
Selma Bankhead West 1975-’76
Harry R. Glen 1974-’75
Carol Roth 1972-’73
Dear fellow members:
One of our most important and most
exciting duties is now before us!!
As we have received our vibrant and
delightful Genealogical Society and
Sahyun Library from previous leaders and a previous generation, it is now our responsibility to plan the Society’s future
Our previous 5-year plan was completed in its entirety.
We did it all!
And so, after several months of thoughtful discussion, I am
plan – VISION 2019.
You need to do THREE THINGS:
1. Read through this document. I think you will be excited.
2. Think about what might have been left out, or what you .
think needs more emphasis.
3. Send me your ideas. E-mail them to me at robertbason@ .
yahoo.com or call me at 969-0203.
This is our moment of decision. I look forward to hearing
from you.
With gratitude,
Bob
Robert E. Bason, President (2012-14),
on behalf of your Board of Directors
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
VISION 2019
The library is bustling. Average Sahyun Library usage
(patron sign-ins) is running about 600 a month, up from
245 a month in 2014. To accommodate the increased
usage, the library is open six days a week and two evenings. The community and reading rooms are used for
formal and informal meetings almost daily. Computers
and work tables are in almost constant use.
Wednesdays are training days. The entire facility is
dedicated to educational endeavors. Society volunteer
faculty members provide instruction at a nominal fee
or no fee in a full-range of genealogy courses, replacing
those formerly held through Santa Barbara City College
for a fee. The curriculum varies with expressed interest
of participants and availability of volunteer instructors.
Subjects cover the gamut of genealogical interests and
are offered in various formats: lectures, seminars, computer assisted instruction, hands on computer training,
and, for a fee, one-on-one assisted research.
Library holdings approach 30,000 volumes and stack
capacity is nearing its limit. Additional space is created
the Society to intensive training programs, trains others
as well as patrons in the use of our resources.
Society membership has increased from 600 to 800.
Attendance at monthly meetings and member volunteer
hours are up accordingly. A broad advertising campaign
makes the community aware of the Society’s existence,
its mission, and its facilities. Newcomers and retirees
are targeted for special attention. Efforts are made to
reach potential members in the North County. A Society
sponsored genealogical column appears regularly in the
local press, encouraging readers to visit the Society’s
enlarged website and Facebook page.
The Society’s annual operating budget has doubled
to $200,000 a year. The budget is balanced every year; a
reserve fund of 50% of annual expenses is maintained.
The endowment fund has grown to over $1,000,000
through an Endowment Campaign that focuses on
bequests and planned gifts. Income from the endowment fund provides up to $60,000 a year to support the
Society’s operations.
The Sahyun markets itself increasingly as a “destination” library. Day and overnight visitors come from
neighboring counties. Seminars and special events draw
visitors from the Central Coast. A nearby motel offers
mid-week discounts to Society visitors. The Society
cooperates with other genealogical and historical
on the South and Central Coasts in matters of mutual interest, sharing “best practices.”
We are a major preserver of local genealogical information. One of the goals of the Society is to be an
indispensible resource for our community. Our goal is
to identify and preserve the records about the people
who lived here. Using the latest technology we scan,
documents, preserving them and making them readily
available to users.
Development of our one and one-half acre site is
continuing in accordance with the property master
plan. We are well on our way to re-siting, replacing
and expanding our crumbling rental units, doubling
rental income. We have provided rental space for other
a center for genealogical research. Parking has been
expanded to the maximum number of spaces on the
site. We continue to search for contiguous or nearby
property to use for additional expansion and parking in
the future.
Plans are afoot. In response to the growth of the Society
and increased usage of the Sahyun Library, the Board
is studying, among other things, options for expanding
or modifying our existing facility. And, preparation of
Vision 2024 is underway.
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Editor’s Note
Ancestors West has been a
publication of the Santa Barbara
County Genealogical Society for almost 40 years. It has
been the place where members and others can present
their research and their journeys, tell the special or
strange stories that they have uncovered, where we join
in the conversation about what’s important and why,
and how we all do what we do.
I am the journal’s new editor, and I hope to do well
by the journal and the Society. I am not, however, a genealogist. Not yet. My experience is in local, institutional history. I’ve written books about the Santa Barbara
Cemetery, the Puritan Ice Company of Santa Barbara,
and most recently about Cottage Health System.
While history and genealogy are distinctly different
pursuits, I joined the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society to further the cause of local history. A
great deal of the focus and effort of a local genealogiupstream into the past, wherever that may lead. While
in town, they are in the minority. Most of us go back a
of connections among us, all the way down to our
blood and genes. It is, ultimately, one of the great forces
of democracy and equality.
Vitality in a publication comes from relevance to the
reader and the passion of the writer. I will do some level of effort to edit the material, to shape the selection of
you, the reader. But I also believe that if perfect writing
is a barrier to hearing great stories, then let’s skip the
perfect part and get the story.
Finally, I intend to enjoy myself, to learn, and to meet
some fantastic people.
Along those lines, it was a privilege to work with the
authors who contributed to this issue. These stories
more complex present. Most have something to do with
graves and graveyards, but all have more to do with
family and life.
I have also been privileged to work with a host of
caretakers for Ancestors West – the people who have
written, edited, proofread, produced, mailed and, of
not have this in your hands (or on your computer)
without their insights, effort and guidance.
Next Issue
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reference books on Scotland, Germany, New Jersey,
Lancaster County, and many more.
es the need to locate and make available records for
own roots. The Society, over the last two decades, has
ing important records. The Society’s website already
provides mortuary, burial, and cemetery records; hospital records; and indexes to wills and newspaper entries.
Without their efforts, these records would be as good as
invisible to researchers from distant places.
I look forward to working with the SBCGS Records
and Preservation Committee to add to this growing
repository of local historical information. Santa Barba-
The theme for the next issue is Threads. Submission
deadline is April 10, 2014. As researchers, we come
across bits of information that lead us to other bits.
Sometimes we identify the bit as a meaningful thread
at once. Sometimes it seems so innocuous, and we
see them, to find them, to chase them … in fact to
cherish them.
Do not, however, take the theme too literally. It is
meant to inspire, not restrain. There is room here for
how you research and what you have researched. What
you have followed and what you have found, your
virtual travels and the physical and emotional ones,
your victories and defeats. And anything else related to
genealogy. As John Muir said, “When we try to pick out
making searchable its historic newspapers and directo-
in the universe.”2 So in a sense, the next issue is actually
about ‘everything else.’
Thank you for entrusting me with your … our …
journal
the demonstrated commitment and ability to accomplish this.
David Petry
dlpetry@gmail.com
Some goals
I have few goals for my time as editor.
Ancestors West captures the
vitality of this Society’s members’ pursuits and curiosities. As you all know, genealogy is not just about
see and understand the past in ways that reveal and, I
believe, ultimately heal. It is a celebration of our shared
journey on this planet, our recognition of the thousands
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1
Other historical writings appear on decomposingSB.com and Noozhawk.com.
2
John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra, Houghton - Mifflin, Co., Boston and New York, 1911,
pg 211.
Wonderful and Beloved Mother:
Mary Pat Frolick Hobbs
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Michael Miller
HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED with grave
markers, their inscriptions and the personal information that can be gleaned from them. Over the
years, I have spent numerous hours walking through
cemeteries learning many things about people, whether
I knew them or not.
This thirst for knowledge about people sparked an
interest in locating the graves of my own family members. This seems simple enough on the surface, since we
usually have enough living relatives that know where
deceased family members are buried or we possess
written family histories, containing such information,
that have been passed from generation to generation.
But, this was not the case for me. I was adopted at the
age of three and did not know my birth parents. After
a few years of searching, I found my birth parents and
started to inquire about our family genealogy.
My father’s (Gordon Hobbs’) side of the family was
well documented and I was able to trace the Hobbs
family back to Norfolk, England in 1600. Some of Dad’s
Bay colony in the 1620s in the area that is modern day
New Hampshire.
My mother’s (Mary Pat Frolick Hobbs’) family was
a different story. Her father’s family (Frolick) emigrated from Germany in the late 1880s and her mother’s
time I found my mother, the only living relative she had
was her father. Unfortunately, he passed away before I
could ask him about his side of the family.
around 1917. Many immigrant families changed their
names to avoid discrimination and to facilitate blending
into American society. According to my mother, there
Mary Marie (Mary Pat’s mother and my grandmother).
In 1953, my grandmother, Mary Marie Schaffer, left
Buffalo with my mom in tow and moved to Santa
Barbara, where she worked as a nurse’s aide at Cottage
Hospital. They lived with Mary Marie’s brother Ray.
For some unknown reason he went by Ray Harris rather than Ray Schaffer. My mother, Mary Pat, was only 14
Mary Frolick marker, Santa Clara Cemetery, Oxnard, 2014
when her mother passed away in 1961. After burying
her mother, my mom returned to Buffalo and has not
been back to California since.
One of the goals in my genealogical research was to
locate and obtain a picture of my grandmother’s grave.
We knew she was buried somewhere in the Santa
Barbara area, even though my mother had Santa Clara
stuck in her mind. I have been looking for this grave on
and off for the past decade.
With just a few records in hand, I recently set out
newly determined to locate the whereabouts of Mom’s
family graves. Besides her mother’s grave, I also wanted to locate the graves of mom’s three uncles. Mom
knew William Schaffer had been buried in Buffalo and
that Ray Harris was buried in Santa Barbara. Not much
was known about Nicholas Schaffer since my mother
had never met him, or so she thought.
While researching the death records for Ray, I discovered that Nicholas Schaffer was Ray Harris. I found
identical death records with the same birth/death dates
and the same Social
Security Number.
Evidently, Nicholas
Schaffer changed
his name in the late
1920s. My mother
was shocked beyond
words. For 8 years
she lived with who
she thought was her
uncle Ray, but was
Julius B. Schaffer obituary, June 30,
in fact the missing
Nicholas Schaffer. The 1984
reasons for changing his name are, at this time, pure
speculation until further research can be completed.
But, this then begged the question, who was the missfrom a 1910 census and a death notice. His name was
Uncle Nicholas-Ray with two names spurred me
grave markers. Which name was on the grave, Ray or
Nicholas? Using one of the names, I found his grave on
Find A Grave, but there was no picture. I submitted a
photo request and within 24 hours was supplied with a
Ray Harris grave marker, Santa Barbara Cemetery, 2014
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picture of the marker. The picture immediately solved
the riddle of which name was on the grave. Besides
the standard information gathered from the inscription
on the marker, I discovered that Uncle Ray was in the
Army during WWII. We knew that he had been in the
the 1920s, but had no idea about his Army service under the name Ray Harris.
I then contacted the Find A Grave photographer
directly for assistance in locating my grandmother’s
grave marker. He immediately took up the request
County. He gave me a few ideas and I found Santa
Clara Cemetery in neighboring Ventura County. A
mother was in fact buried there. I entered her information into Find A Grave and a picture request was
left California over 50 years ago.
My quest is not yet complete. I recently discovered
Uncle William’s grave in New York. Regardless, the
informational value of grave markers is priceless and
should never be underestimated. You never know what
you will discover, simply by reading the inscription on
a grave marker.
Michael Miller, originally from Springville, New York, is a
Pennsylvania and is researching Hobbs, Frolick, Juhasz and
Miller in NY, PA and NH.
A GRAVE MYSTERY:
THE HUNT FOR ANNA REBECCA FERL
Terry Ellen Ferl
PROLOGUE
A
S A NEWCOMER TO THE REALM of family
history research, I thought I was doing fairly well.
I had lost my beloved husband Richard two years
earlier. Partly as a way to console myself, I began to
study his Santa Barbara ancestry and discovered that
much of the groundwork had already been done by
some of Santa Barbara’s own, most notably the local
historian and researcher John Fritsche. My husband’s
great-grandfather, the farmer and horticulturist William Frederick Ferl (1835-1906), was born in Prussia, in
and immigrated to America sometime in the 1860s.
His life — especially his work and his farm — was the
object of several years of intensive research by John.
Indeed, John’s article “Bananas and Lemonade in Santa
Barbara’s Olden Days,” and the extensive, meticulous
research on which it is based, became the touchstone
for most of what I know about William.1
William was well known in the Santa Barbara community by the turn of the nineteenth century. His
roadside refreshment stand on Mountain Drive, located
near his farm and home, was a destination for people
in horse-drawn carriages who came to see the hills and
the views above Santa Barbara. Tourists stopped at his
“emergency station” to buy his orchard-grown fruit
juices and shake off the dust from the journey. Postcards of that era featuring William’s “Mountain Nook”
are now traded as collectibles.
William is buried in the serenely beautiful Ocean
View section of the Santa Barbara Cemetery, toward the
from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Before going for a
swim at one of the beaches, we visited the cemetery and
made what was then an essential stop at the monument
of the famed movie star Ronald Colman (1891-1958).
Then we visited the grave of several Ferl ancestors. I
don’t recall noting at the time that William’s small monument bore no other name than his own.
About the same time I began to study the Ferls, I arranged to have a cenotaph2 installed for Richard beside
the family’s monument in another part of the cemetery.
I had also created a permanent memorial for Richard
on the
came upon Find A Grave and discovered that someone
named “Mr. Tom” had created a memorial for Richard with a photograph of his grave stone at Jefferson
Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, where he is
buried. Indeed, there were also memorials on this vast
website for several other Ferl family members.
This encounter with Find A Grave — a free-access,
minimally moderated commercial website with over
100 million memorials — inspired me to become more
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our banana farmer and the great-grandmother of my
husband. Where was Anna buried? Why was she not in
the Santa Barbara Cemetery with William and the other
Ferls?
Anna was the fourth of six daughters born to Detler
and Anna Margareta Lohmann in the northern German
province of Schleswig-Holstein, near the border with
Denmark. She came to America on August 5, 1865 and
was married to William Ferl on May 26, 1874 at the new
Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara. Anna’s three
older sisters had emigrated before Anna and settled
in Davenport, Iowa where their stepmother’s family
lived. It is likely that Anna stayed with her sisters in
Davenport initially, though census records do not yield
evidence. In any case, she eventually chose a life in
Santa Barbara with William.4
John’s story recounts the details of how William
acquired property in the hills above Santa Barbara
through a land grant, cleared the land, planted a great
variety of crops and fruit trees, re-routed spring water
and acquired water rights, and sometimes dealt with
contentious neighbors. Through two decades of hard
found ways to distribute the fruits and vegetables, won
William Frederick Ferl at his Santa Barbara Mountain Nook
involved with genealogy. By the seat of the pants and
the power of the Internet, I began to learn about the
cooperation between gravers or grave walkers like “Mr.
Tom” and genealogists, now often one and the same. In
pre-Internet days I had associated the graver’s activity
principally with those who travel from cemetery to
cemetery to make grave stone rubbings. Intense interest
in visiting cemeteries now appears to be widespread
and closely associated with the increasingly popular
of Ancestry.com for several years but had used it very
little. I was now using both Ancestry.com and Find A
Grave, as well as many other sites to collect family history information.3
a better understanding of my ancestors and those of my
husband. I have not yet invested in a tree-maker, but I
see one in my future.
Even as a “hobbyist genealogist” - Wikipedia’s name
for my realm of interest - I am gaining ground. To my
delight, I have met four distant cousins through Find
A Grave, two of whom are advanced hobbyists and the
others professional genealogists conducting research
on families closely related to mine. As I gathered the
bits and pieces of information to create online memorials, one ancestor posed a mystery for me, as she did
for John when he wrote his article about William. This
person was Anna Rebecca Ferl (1838-1905), the wife of
unusual farm in contemporary books and newspapers.
Anna kept house near the farm on Mountain Drive,
close to present-day Coyote Road. She raised their son
Frederick (Fred) and daughter Anna, and also dealt
with the many other chores of a nineteenth century
farmer’s wife.5
In September 1895, Anna left Santa Barbara by train
for Davenport, Iowa and stayed two months with her
relatives. The following year, when she was 58, she apparently could no longer endure life with William at the
farm, so she moved to town on December 21, 1896, two
days after their 19-year-old daughter left the farm and
married Carl Meyer. One month later, on Jan. 23, 1897,
son Fred moved from the farm to 717 Castillo Street.6
William and Anna were estranged but never divorced. They did, however, take legal steps to disinherit
each other, dividing their community property, most
notably the farm property in the hills. On July 15, 1899,
Fred arranged for construction to begin for a house at
216 W. Haley Street; on September 8, he and his mother
Anna moved into the completed home. Life was likely
happier for both Anna and Fred, now living close to
city conveniences and work opportunities for Fred,
who had graduated from college in 1894. The Santa
Barbara city directories for the initial years of the new
century show Fred and his mother sharing the home
on Haley, as does the 1900 Federal census. The home is
listed as owned but with a mortgage, and Anna is listed
as head of the household, and widowed (though she
was not). The directory for 1904 still lists Fred and his
mother living at No. 216.
In July 1904, County records show that Fred arranged
door at 214 W. Haley for himself and his wife-to-be,
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CGS website do not include her. I was told that they
had no record of her burial there. Having some doubts
about early cemetery records, I consulted David Petry’s
supported their assertion.7 After ruling out other cemeteries in the Santa Barbara area, I called the cemetery in
Davenport, Iowa where Anna’s sisters are buried. There
was an outside chance that she might be buried there,
but I did not get the hoped for response.
I decided to rely on the Santa Barbara death record
and begin my Los Angeles search. Advised to check
older Los Angeles city directories for the cemeteries, I
quickly found an online source. The Los Angeles Public
Lohmann women, ca. 1870, Davenport, Iowa (?) Courtesy of Jeff
Mangelsdorf.
Anna Ernestine Schramm (1872-1967), whom he married in Pasadena on Dec. 15, 1904. For reasons not fully
known, Fred’s mother Anna moved into the home of
her daughter and son-in-law at 319 Cota Street, and
there, on June 9, 1905, Anna Rebecca Ferl took her own
life, leaving a brief note for her son about her will, her
despair and her disappointment with various family
members. This little note was obtained by the press and
its contents were published in the newspaper, true to
While the earliest available was 1909, that was close
enough to 1905, and a word search yielded a list of
cemeteries active at that time. I then used both Wikipedia and the Southern California Genealogical Society’s
ciety is host to a very large number and variety of databases, some of which are free to use, such as the county
obituary and burial permit databases. But these did not
yield Anna’s name. An email inquiry to the Society’s
staff resulted in a recommendation to purchase their
pamphlet Cemeteries of Los Angeles County ($3.50). It was
also possible for a small fee to have their staff look up
information in sources not accessible online.
I continued to plod along. The Society’s well-documented and publicly accessible story of the Los Angeles
City Cemetery (est. ca. 1847) was a cautionary tale since
its location is now under the asphalt pavement of the
Los Angeles Board of Education’s parking lot. I was
prevailed at the time. A few days later another small
news article appeared, signaling that the family took
exception to the earlier report and that Anna’s written
lament was owing to her illness rather than any wrongdoing by the family.
THE ODYSSEY
The Santa Barbara County death record for Anna lists
her place of burial as Los Angeles. My initial reaction
was skeptical so I began looking elsewhere, thinking
that the record might be in error. In retrospect, I believe I would have saved some time by crediting the
document’s reliability and starting with Los Angeles,
but side trips on an odyssey can be valuable. I pursued
the Santa Barbara undertaker listed on the record and
found it no longer exists and its records are lost. I contacted the Santa Barbara Cemetery to see if there was
any possibility Anna was buried there, even though
the online record of its interments hosted by the SB-
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Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara, circa (1880)? where William and Anna
were married in 1874. Courtesy J. Woodward
relieved to learn that burials there ceased in 1879. While
the famed Forest Lawn Memorial Park cemetery was
a possibility, it was founded in 1906 and thus one year
too late for my purposes. I sent an inquiry anyway but
never received a reply. After reading a description of
the Evergreen Memorial Park and Crematory, I decided
to call since it is the oldest and largest extant cemetery
in Los Angeles (est. 1877). To my surprise and initial delight, I was told they had a paper record for Anna that
said that she died on June 9, 1905 and was cremated at
Evergreen on June 11, 1905. (There was no crematorium
in Santa Barbara at the time of Anna’s death and there
would not be one for two more decades.)
The Evergreen record has no information as to who
made the arrangements. A fee of $50 was paid to Evergreen by Emigh & Son, a Santa Barbara undertaker
no record as to how her body was transported from
Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, though train seems most
likely. I was then given some dispiriting news. In 1961,
all cremated remains at Evergreen which were unclaimed for 50 years or more, including Anna’s, were
commingled and transferred to a “community grave”
in the cemetery — plot 3766. The plot has no memorial
markers.8
EPILOGUE
The solution to the mystery posed many more questions for this family history researcher. Was someone
in Los Angeles expected to claim Anna’s remains?
If so, who might that have been? Were family plans
for her cremated remains placed on hold because of
events, such as the series of deaths in the family not
long after Anna’s? With the passage of decades, was the
1
John Fritsche, “Bananas and Lemonade in Santa Barbara’s Olden Days,” Ancestors West, Vol. 30,
no. 1 (fall 2003/winter 2004). The main body of John’s research files on Ferl have graciously been
given to the author. Related materials are also housed in the Sahyun Genealogy Library of the
SBCGS.
2
A cenotaph is a monument to honor someone whose remains are elsewhere. Legacy.com is a
commercial provider of online memorials, which hosts obituaries for three-fourths of the largest
U.S. newspapers and provides a site for recording condolences.
3
On Sept. 30, 2013, Ancestry.com announced its acquisition of Find A Grave, Inc. The latter will
remain a wholly-owned subsidiary and a free web site; it will continue to be managed by its
founder Jim Tipton. Both the parent company and this subsidiary are based near Salt Lake City.
4
Information about Anna, her parents, and her five sisters appears in The Ancestors and Descendants of the Bettendorf-Kohrs and Related Families. Comp. and ed. By Darlene Paxton and L.T.
Sloane (Decorah, Iowa Anundsen Pub. Co., 1984). Anna’s eldest sister Johanna Lohmann married
Henry Kohrs. The photograph accompanying this article is from the Kohrs’ family photo album.
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Historians of farming in the West from the 1870s to about 1900 note that unmarried men did not
typically attempt to operate a farm because they understood the need for a hard-working wife
and numerous children to handle the many chores, including child-rearing, feeding and clothing
the family, managing the household, and feeding hired hands. See the Wikipedia article entitled
“Gilded Age.” Electronic, retrieved 1/3/2014.
6
Fred kept a journal from 1894-2006, briefly logging both public and personal events. Entries
for these two moves are included. Interestingly, William and Anna’s 1874 marriage license lists
her age as 24 when she was actually 36. In the 1880 census, six years after their wedding, the
discrepancy persists. By the 1900 census, when she and her son are living on Haley Street, Anna
gives her correct age, 61.
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David Petry provides a detailed account of how some of the early burial records were recovered
and a new method of registering interments was established in the late 1870s. The cemetery’s
records are reliable from about 1880 forward. See The Best Last Place, Olympus Press, Santa
Barbara, California, 2006, p. 51-52.
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In the 1961 transfer, the remains were removed from their urns when commingled, reportedly
because of pressing space constraints. Current practice at Evergreen is to wait about 25 years for
cremated remains to be claimed. The adjacent LA County Crematorium, responsible for indigent
burials, waits three years then buries the unclaimed remains in their respective urns close together
in a common grave.
Terry Ellen Ferl, SBCGS member and resident of Saint
Louis, MO, is researching the Ferls in CA and Germany.
terryferl@charter.net.
questions but it is comforting to be able to replace the
designation “unknown” on her Find A Grave memorial.
A more traditional monument for Anna might help put
the questions to rest. Evergreen does not permit memorials at the community grave site, and Santa Barbara
Cemetery does not have a feasible site for a cenotaph,
so I am making arrangements for an engraved memorial tablet to be placed near the grave of Anna’s eldest
sister at the beautiful Oakdale Memorial Gardens cemetery in Davenport.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The author acknowledges the encouragement and
assistance of fellow Society members John Fritsche,
Dorothy Oksner, and Quinn; John Hauschild, Santa
Barbara Cemetery Association; genealogist and cousin
Terry Jenson; and numerous fellow members of Find
A Grave.
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Carol Roth
N AN AMITYVILLE, PA CEMETERY, my husband
and I were looking for a headstone for Barbara Bauer, an ancestor in my great-grandfather, Dr. Edward
Lincoln Bower’s family, who I was told was buried
there. I don’t know about others, but when faced with
a large cemetery, I tend to look for the right shape and
length of a name. We spent a long time and couldn’t
I tripped over something and fell to my knees. When I
looked up, there she was. No kidding. They had used
the German feminine, Bauerin, a bit longer than we
were looking for and in the middle of a lot of wording
The stone had so much information that I was glad to
been married for 18 years, 4 months, and 8 days. She
was born 13 Mar 1761 and died on 5 Oct 1797. She had
8 children, 6 boys and 2 daughters. At her death she
was 36 years, 6 months and 22 days. Fortunately some
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It would have been a shame to miss this. Now I make
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Google Earth
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HIS ARTICLE IS NOT, as the title might lead you to
believe, a guide to using Google Earth for genealogy. Rather this article is intended to introduce
you to a guide. Eric Stitt, long-time genealogy blogger,
starting in January of this year, began publishing a blog
in which he is promising to act as your guide to this
topic.1
His new blog (his old blog remains up and running)
is called Genealogy Through Google Earth and already has
several posts that exemplify the use of Google Earth
and provide basic instruction.2
ing web application that stitches together thousands
of satellite images into a navigable (in the application
of course) photograph of the planet. You can jump to a
location, an address, a set of GPS coordinates. You can
‘drive’ your browser view closer to the Earth’s surface
rendered by Google Earth.
More impressive and germane to genealogists is the
photos, old maps, and create scenarios or geographiothers. People have done this for their travels, but more
impressively have done this for historic wars and battles, transitions in a single location, and individual and
family histories. Eric Stitt is going to share how to bring
your genealogical sources, photos and detail into a uniwhere your roots existed.
Stitt has been using Google Earth for genealogy
and teaching a Google Earth for Genealogy class for a
Earth for this endeavor. “Using geographic information
found in Deeds and addresses from sources such as
Census data, property where ancestors and neighbors
once lived may be marked on historical maps, which
can then be overlaid on modern Google maps. … Using
this information, it is possible to locate a family homestead on an historical map and compare the changes to
those locations that have occurred over time as the area
developed. In some instances, the old home may still be
there or a family cemetery.”
Stitt also explains that using Google Earth you can
locate your family members’ graves with GPS and view
or print a map to navigate your way through a cemetery. This could also be a great tool for Find A Grave
photographers with a long list of requests.
Barbara Bauerin marker, Saint Paul’s Church Cemetery, Amityville,
PA. Photo by Mark Maxwell.
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Genealogy Through Google Earth, (http://genealogythroughgoogleearth.
blogspot.com/), retrieved 1/16/2014.
existence. People had to rely on friends and family to
survive. Many people were looking toward California. There were reports of jobs there. As in all families,
parents want their children to have the best possible opportunities and Grandpa J. began to plan. It must have
Grandpa J. and the author, Santa Barbara, 1944
Oscar Thaddeus “Thad” Jameson
(Grandpa J.) 1881-1945
A
where he and his wife had roots for many generations.
It’s disappointing to have gaps in the understanding
of my family history. So much has been lost, but once in
a while something worthwhile turns up. Not long ago
I came across a little notebook that contained a diary of
the trip to California in 1921. This is a treasure because
ly’s life. It helped me to better understand my grandfather. This ninety–year–old gem is a story about a young
family taking a journey which would change their lives
forever. My grandfather’s small 5 ½” by 3 ½“diary
notebook was a daily record covering the period of
August 15 to September 4, 1921. He used a lead pencil
magnifying glass.
Pamela Jameson Boehr
LL TOO OFTEN I’ve allowed my enthusiasm and
curiosity to focus primarily on early generations.
While I’ve been fascinated to learn about progenitor,
James Jameson, who circa 1713 made the journey from
Ireland to this continent and to discover that a later ancestor was a Revolutionary War patriot, the person I can
tell my sons about was one I can actually remember.
Although I lost my paternal grandfather, Grandpa J.,
when I was still a small child, warm memories caused
me to want to learn more about him. It wasn’t hard to
Painters and Paper Hangars Union, but what was this
role model for his children and grandchild really like?
For seven generations my Jamesons had lived in PA,
IN, KY, and IL. They farmed. As a young man Grandpa
J. had made the transition away from farming.
We all know how important it is to ask questions of
family members and to put information on photos. For
were essential in explaining the courageous path taken
by Grandpa J.
I came upon a letter of recommendation from The
Abingdon Wagon Factory which told how he had worked
there for 20 years and was foreman in the painting department. In 1917 he was leaving to go into the painting
business for himself. The letter states, “We have always
found Mr. Jameson to be an honest, faithful and dependable worker.”
A range of factors had contributed to the Depression
of 1920-21 shortly after the end of World War I. The
cause was the economic pain of transitioning from a
wartime economy to a peacetime economy. Jobs were
being lost, homes were going through foreclosure, and
government programs for assistance were not yet in
Jameson trip en route to CA 1921: Cliff, Marlyn, Barney, Thad and
Bertha Jameson
He and his family had a young man, Roy Fulmer, accompany them who also wanted to move to California.
Grandpa J. bought a Ford Model T, a sturdy, low-priced
On Thursday “there were two tire punctures and a
“Camped at Goodland, KS at a school house.” School
property was considered to be a safe place.
I came across a couple of streetcar-related pictures
and wondered where they were taken.
Where was he? I learned that in 1906-07, prior to marrying, he took a leave from the wagon factory in order
to earn money to purchase a house in Abingdon. He
left IL and came to Los Angeles to work as a streetcar
conductor. No letter he wrote to his bride-to-be told the
actual name of the company and that’s where modern
day research techniques came in handy. With a magni-
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and on the side it says,” Salt
Lake Station; Boyle Heights.”
Using the Internet, I learned
that the job was with the Los
Angeles Railway Company.
Thad Jameson, LA Railway
Co., conductor 1907
been reached he returned to
Abingdon, purchased the
house and got married. When
we made a trip to Abingdon
several years ago, to our delight we found the house.
The move to Santa Barbara
was the right choice. Prior to
leaving Abingdon, Grandpa J.
had a job all lined up painting Thad Jameson, LA Railway Company, 1907 standing center
small houses on the 1000 block
of North Nopal Street. His
three children carried on his legacy of hard work, and I wish I could tell him, “You
have a wonderful family; you would have been proud of us.”
So as Delia M. Cummings Wright said so well in 1943, in The Chosen,”Doing
genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who
have gone before.”
I hope I have done justice to the memory of Grandpa J.
500 N. Austen Ave., Abingdon, IL circa 1913 Cliff and Marlyn Jameson
Pam Boehr is a long-time SBCGS member and native Santa
Barbaran is a member of the Mission Canyon Chapter, NSWar patriot. Also is a member of the Santa Barbara Chapter
of Daughters of the American Colonists and expects to be a
charter member of the U.S.S. Constitution Chapter of The
500 N. Austen Ave. Abingdon, IL granddaughter and
great-grandson on recent visit
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Random Thoughts and
Lessons Learned
Regarding Death Records,
Obituaries and CemeteriesKaren Harris
A
BOUT TWELVE YEARS AGO, in the early months
of my genealogical research career, I spent one
very useless day at the Family History Library.
This was back in the day when digital records were not
online and it was necessary to travel to Los Angeles to
vigorous, endless hand cranking. This occurred as I
was hunting for an elusive maiden name for a female
relative on the basis of a yellowed newspaper clipping
information related to my mother’s family. The troublesome obituary not only had a date unknown and source
unknown, but it also contained a typographical error
which led to the hours of fruitless hunting for RUSH
relatives in Ohio census records, when, as was discovered weeks later, I should have been investigating
RUSK relatives.
I am reminded of this incident regularly as I have
been extracting death notices, burial announcements
and obituaries from the weekly Santa Ynez Valley News,
1925-1947, over the past three years. I have found
inaccuracies, typographical errors, and misspellings,
sometimes within the same paragraph! One of the more
curious ones I found was printed on Friday, October 11,
1929, Page One:
Prominent New Yorker Dies At Los Olivos
W. S. Vouvier, prominent citizen of New York City, died Tuesday
morning at Los Olivos from heart disease. He had been stopping in Los Olivos for several days previous to his death. He was
an ex-serviceman.
My intuition and experience with names, cultivated
college, suggested that this was probably incorrect. At
that time, the online resource to verify the name and
death in California, the CA Death Index, 1909-1939
from Ancestry.com, was not available. I remembered
that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a maiden name of
Bouvier and proceeded to do some Internet searching
with the letter B instead of V. Sure enough, the New
York Times printed a death notice for “Bouvier,--William
Sergeant, on October 8, 1929 at Los Olivas, [sic] California, in the thirty seventh year of his age. . . . “
Further research was conducted on his family, and,
uncle, the brother of her father.
While reading these newspapers, I have encountered
were known only by their husband’s names. Finding
the correct identity of the decedents has become a
challenging riddle for me to solve, and with additional
resources, such as the 1909-1939 CA Death Index, the
1940-1997 CA Death Index, the 1940 Census, and Find a
Grave, along with our own SBCGS cemetery and funeral records databases, many of these elusive individuals
now have their full names.
The 1940-1997 CA Death Index, available on Ancestry.
com, has not always provided the solution to one of
RootsWeb version of this database.
During the course of reading many obituaries, from
a variety of sources over the years, I have become quite
a fan of small town newspapers because these accounts
can be quite chatty, choc-a-block full of information
such as a lengthy descendants list including siblings,
aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, along with
parents, children and spouses, names of the pallbearers,
family. This type of detail is often omitted in the big
city papers which, until recently, tended to be rather
minimalist.
Local libraries are wonderful resources for obituaries
and a personal shout out must be given to the Guernsey County, Ohio, Public Library. Once a death date
was determined, a query was sent, originally by the US
postal service and promptly a copy from the newspaper
obituary was returned by mail. Years later, an email to
Over time, I have discovered some favorite websites
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1910-1963 at wvculture.org.
Sometimes, researching family history can produce
unexpected results. During a genealogy journey taken
in 2002 to Ohio, I found myself driving through the
Ashland Cemetery, where my grandparents were
buried, a location I had not visited in almost forty years
after our family moved to Los Angeles in 1963. Althrough the cemetery prior to returning the following
stone near the side of the road on the right side. While
driving along the loop, occasionally casting a glance,
the drive, I happened to turn my head to the right and
noticed the gravestone, where my mother had formerly
years ago. It was in the second row from the road, not
digital camera, I walked over to the grave site. It was
very quiet with no other mourners in attendance. While
standing there to pay my respects and snap a photomost grateful to be alone.
My grandmother died when I was a toddler and my
grandfather died almost twenty years later. Perhaps the
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mother and she had led an interesting life: teaching
public school following her graduation from high
school in 1902, graduating from Ohio State University
at a time when women were a minority of the student
body population, teaching home economics courses at
Ashland College, serving as a dietician in the US Army
during World War I in France, suffering from the 1918
Veterans’ hospital in North Carolina where she met my
grandfather in 1919. How I would love to have known
her. Or perhaps the tears came from the more recent
loss of my parents who had died in 1999 and 2000, the
combined events that started me on this genealogical
journey of the past thirteen years.
Karen Harris, a former history major, began her own family
history research in 2000; presently, those stubborn, personal
brick walls have inspired a change of focus by working on
a local history project for the Santa Ynez Valley, where she
currently lives with her husband, Paul Roark, and their beautiful golden retriever, Carly.
1947 Death Notices and
Obituaries from the
Santa Ynez Valley News
Transcribed by Karen Harris
CAPTAIN CARL ALWOOD, Friday, June 13, 1947,
Page Six
Rutters Return Home After Eastern Trip
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Rutters and son Norman, have
returned home after spending the last four weeks in
Hanover, Pennsylvania where Mr. Rutters was called by
the fatal illness of his mother, Mrs. Lucy Rutters.
Mrs. Rutters died the day following the arrival of her
son.
While in Hanover, Mr. and Mrs. Rutters, also received news that their nephew, Captain Carl Alwood
crashed into the side of a mountain in Japan.
CHRIS ANDERSEN, Friday, January 17, 1947, Page Three
Attend Funeral in Hayward Tuesday
Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Burchardi accompanied by
Mrs. Wm. Petersen of Lompoc motored to Hayward
Monday night and attended the funeral Tuesday of
Chris Andersen an old family friend of the Burchardi
family.
MARGRETHE APPEL, Friday, May 9, 1947, Page One
Final Tribute Paid Mrs. Appel at Funeral Service
Tuesday
Funeral services for Mrs. Chris Appel, 80, one of
Solvang’s oldest residents who died Saturday morning,
as a result of injuries suffered when she fell at her home
Friday evening, were held Tuesday afternoon in the
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Danish Lutheran Church.
The Rev. Aage Moller, pastor of the church, conducted the services. Burial followed in the Danish Cemetery
under the direction of the Paaske Funeral Home. Mrs.
Appel was laid to rest beside the grave of her husband,
who died November 19, 1943.
Serving as pallbearers were four of Mrs. Appel’s
grandsons, Harald Petersen, Roger Appel, Marlowe
Appel, and Lyman Appel, and Judson Krogh and Claydaughters.
Mrs. Appel, the former Miss Margarethe Petersen,
was born in Falster, Denmark on August 7, 1866. She
came to the US in 1882 with her parents, and made her
home in the eastern part of Nebraska.
She became the wife of Mr. Appel in Fremont, Nebraska on February 28, 1883 and they made their home
in eastern Nebraska until 1889 when they moved to
Dannebrog, Nebraska.
While in Dannebrog, Mr. and Mrs. Appel took an
active interest in the civic and church affairs of the
community. At one time, Mr. Appel served as county
treasurer in St. Paul, Nebraska.
They lived in the vicinity of Dannebrog until the Fall
of 1939 when they came to Solvang to make their home.
Mr. and Mrs. Appel celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary four years ago in Solvang.
Mrs. Appel was known by all her friends as a kind
and devoted wife and mother. Her patient disposition
come in contact with her.
She was lifelong member of the Danish Lutheran
Church.
Surviving are two sons, Jens Appel of Dannebrog,
and Roy Appel of Solvang; three daughters, Mrs. A.
C. Petersen, Mrs. Anders Espersen, and Mrs. Harley
Sorensen, all of Solvang; three brothers, Fred Petersen
and John R. Petersen of Grand Island, Nebraska, and
Chris Petersen of San Jose; also 17 grandchildren and 11
great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Appel was predeceased by a son and daughter,
and four sisters, and a brother.
CORA BARNES, Friday, March 7, 1947, Page Four
Mrs. Cora Barnes, Former Resident is Buried in
Ballard
Mrs. Cora Barnes, 74, a former resident of the Valley,
was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Saturday. Funeral
services were conducted by the Rev. J. B. Willhoit.
Mrs. Barnes who was born in Indiana, came to California about 40 years ago and made her home in Los
Olivos.
She later moved to Orcutt, where she lived for 20
years. She afterwards made her home in Whittier where
she lived with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and
Mrs. Lester Billington, until her death last Thursday.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Barnes leaves a
granddaughter. Services were also held in the Santa Ma-
FALLIE BARNES, Friday, January 17, 1947, Page One
Barnes Graveside Service Held Here
Graveside services were held at Oak Hill Cemetery
Tuesday afternoon for Fallie H. Barnes, member of a
Saturday in Ventura.
The services here followed funeral ceremonies conducted by Dr. Theo Henderson, Presbyterian Minister,
ated at Oak Hill assisted by the Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Barnes was born in Los Olivos on May 17, 1891.
He attended the local grammar schools and high school
and served in France during World War I. Shortly after
the war, he went to Ventura where he married Miss
Dudi Valencia. She and their son, Fallie Barnes, Jr.,
survive.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Barnes is survived by a sister, Mrs. Harvey MacDonald of Santa
Los Olivos.
BENJAMIN CHARLES BEATTIE, Friday, March 28,
1947 Page One
Last Rites Held for Beattie Boy
Funeral services for Benjamin Charles Beattie, three
year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beattie of Lompoc, were held at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the
Valley Presbyterian church in Ballard.
Oak Hill Cemetery, Ballard.
The little boy died early Tuesday evening as a result
of injuries suffered in a tractor accident.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two
brothers. His mother is the former Miss Elva Davis of
Los Olivos.
JUANA BERMUDEZ, Friday, October 3, 1947, Page One
Funeral Rite for Mrs. Bermudez
A Requiem Mass was celebrated at 9 o’clock yesterday morning at La Purisima Mission, Lompoc, for Mrs.
tery under the direction of the Paaske Funeral Home.
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was reportedly shot and killed January 12 by two
sailors who dumped his body out of the car in the
Buellton area.
Sheriff John D. Ross said yesterday members of
his staff were continuing the search which started
Wednesday in an area south of the Buellton bridge on
101 highway following a confession of the killing by
Mitchel Arlin Johnson, 19, who is being held by Duncan, Oklahoma authorities. Sheriff Ross said he had
spoken to Johnson on the telephone yesterday and the
alleged murderer told the sheriff he remembered seeing
a highway sign reading 30 miles to Santa Barbara and
this statement that Johnson had been in Buellton. Extradicting Johnson
deputy from Santa Barbara was leaving by plane for
Oklahoma where he will take Johnson into custody.
The sheriff said Johnson is expected to arrive in Santa
Barbara sometime today and will be used to aid in the
search for Blakeley’s body. Meanwhile deputies have
gone to the Buellton area, searching ditches and ravines. They later headed toward Los Alamos and up to
yesterday had covered all the territory from Las Cruces
to Los Alamos.
Richard Wayne Fisher, 19, another AWOL sailor in Carthage Missouri. He was picked up while driving a car
registered to Johnny Johnson, Pico, California, stepfather, of the murder victim.
Describes Killing
Fisher told police Johnson had described the killing
to him while the pair were on their way east with the
stolen car. When arrested, police said Johnson had a
loaded 45 caliber automatic pistol and 50 rounds of
ammunition.
Johnson, arrested in Oklahoma, alleged to have told
police he had driven with Blakeley as far as the Buellton area and then returned to Oakland, throwing the
murder weapon which hasn’t been recovered off the
Buellton bridge, it was after that the two sailors departed for the East.
Blakeley assertedly left for Los Angeles on January
10 after quarreling with his wife. He was reported to
authorities as missing on January 19.
and Philip Ochoa, and Mrs. C. Robles and Mrs. L. Enos
of Cholame, and Mrs. L.. Senteno of Lompoc, another
ROBERT BLAKELY, Friday, February 7, 1947, Page One
Murder Charge Filed Against Two Sailors
geles, and a sister, Mrs. Ernest Herman of Santa Barbara, and 18 grandchildren.
complaint on Wednesday charging Mitchell A. Johnson
and Richard Fischer with the murder of Robert Blakely
on the night of January 11.
Blakely’s body was found last Saturday near Las
Cruces. Originally only Johnson had been charged with
the shooting.
ROBERT BLAKELEY, Friday, January 31, 1947, Page One
Body Search Continues
Confessed Sailor Will Aid in Hunt
Two carloads of Sheriff’s Deputies spreading out
from Buellton yesterday in the direction of Solvang
MARY BOBADILLA, Friday, August 29, 1947, Page One
Two Girls Killed in Auto Accident
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R. Bobadilla, 16 of 415 North E. Street, Lompoc, were
killed in an automobile accident Sunday evening on the
Lompoc-Buellton road.
According to the police, the girls were passengers in
a car driven by Pvt. Raul Bobadilla, a soldier, who is
stationed at Fort Ord.
Others seriously injured in the crash in addition to
Emma Bobadilla 14.
Sgt. C .D. Beach of the California Highway Patrol
said the driver of the car apparently lost control of his
convertible coupe on a small hill and overturned.
WALTER LEE BOISE, Friday. August 1, 1947, Page Five
Mrs. Walter L. Hanson and Miss Audrey Mae Hanson
went to Los Angeles Monday to attend the funeral of
W. L. Boise of Eagle Rock.
[NOTE: Walter Lee Boise is listed in the CA Death
Index with a death date of July 27, 1947 in Los Angeles;
his mother’s maiden name: Easterday; he was born in
Missouri on August 17, 1881.]
FRANK BUELL, Friday, August 8, 1947, Page One
Last Rites Held for Frank Buell
Graveside services for Frank Marion Buell, 54, of
Dunlap, Fresno County, and son of Linus Buell, pioneer
resident of Buellton, were held at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday
afternoon at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. J. B. WillBurial was made under the direction of the Paaske
Funeral Home.
Mr. Buell, a rancher, died July 30, as a result of injumother, the late Annie Buell, died in San Martin.
Mr. Buell, who lived in Dunlap the past four years,
had resided in both Buellton and Santa Barbara before
moving to Fresno County. He was a member of the
Masonic Lodge of Lompoc.
He is survived by a son, Frank Buell, Jr., of Kanai,
Alaska, and a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Piatt of Elsinore,
the children by his former wife, Mrs. Sadie Buell of
Santa Barbara. A sister, Mrs. Ada Helen Miller, formerly
of Buellton, now lives in San Martin as does his brother,
Edward Buell. Percy O. and Lester H. Buell of Santa
Barbara are cousins.
IDA CARLSON, Friday, November 28, 1947, Page One
Mrs. Ida Carlson Dies in 74th Year
Graveside services for Mrs. Ida Charlotte Carlson, a
resident of Solvang the past 15 years, were held at 10
o’clock yesterday morning at Oak Hill Cemetery, with
der the direction of the Paaske Funeral Home.
Mrs. Carlson, who died early Saturday morning
in Lompoc Community Hospital, had been a patient
there for five days. She had been in poor health for
some time.
Mrs. Carlson, who was 73, was the widow of Victor
Carlson. She was born in Sweden and came to the Unit-
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ed States 23 years ago. Three years after her arrival in
this country, Mrs. Carlson moved to California.
Survivors include two sons, Carl and Harold Carlson
of Washington, Miss Anna Carlson of Solvang, and
Miss Edith Carlson of Spokane; two brothers, Charles
and John Johnson of Washington, and two sisters, Mrs.
K. P. Knudsen of Solvang and Mrs. Hilma Lybeckor of
Washington.
CHARLES CLEMENS, Friday, June 20, 1947, Page One
Former Resident Dies in Exeter
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Clemens and daughter who
live at Gale’s La Laguna Ranch, were called to Exeter
recently by the death of Mr. Clemens’ father, Charles
Clemens, a former resident of the Valley.
Mr. Clemens died June 1 of a cerebral hemorrhage.
He was employed at one time at Rancho Piocha until
last Spring when he moved to Exeter.
Union High School. In addition to his second daughter,
Mr. Clemens leaves his wife, and another son, Fontelle
of Exeter.
MICHAEL FLANAGAN, Friday, July 25, 1947, Page One
Michael Flanagan Nojoqui Pioneer Dies in 88th Year
Michael Flanagan, 87, a pioneer resident of Nojoqui
died at 9 o’clock yesterday morning in a Santa Barbara
hospital following a long illness. Mr. Flanagan had been
a patient at the hospital the past two months.
Mr. Flanagan was born in November of 1860 in Wisconsin and was married to the late Rose Ellen Cullen at
Spencer, Iowa on September 28, 1887.
In the fall of 1893, the Flanagan family came to California and made their home in Ventura County until
1914 when they moved to Santa Barbara County and
settled on their Nojoqui Valley Ranch. His wife died in
November of last year.
Rosary will be recited at Old Mission Santa Ines at 8
o’clock tonight (Friday) by the Rev. Cyprian O’Leary,
OFM, Cap., pastor. A Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning at the Mission
and interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery under
the direction of the Paaske Funeral Home at Solvang.
Mr. Flanagan leaves a son, Peter of Gaviota, and three
daughters, Mrs. Alfred Hansen of Santa Barbara, Mrs.
Guadalupe.
JOHN FRAME, Friday, January 10, 1947, Page Four
In Memory of John Frame
One year ago next Thursday, the Valley was shocked
and saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected
death of John Frame. For twenty years he had been
interest in everything which came within his wide circle
of activities endeared him to the hundreds in this area
who loved him and called him Friend.
It is almost a year since I arrived to carry on in his
footsteps and never have I heard any but kind words
concerning him. He was genial and kindly, a man of
high standards, and clean living. He gave unstintingly
of his time and energy to the innumerable calls on him
for guidance or assistance from friends, acquaintances,
strangers and the community.
In loving memory of a wonderful friend, John
16th, 1947.
CHESLEY FREMONT, Friday, December 26, 1947,
Part Two Page Twelve
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Twist left Saturday for Reno, to
attend the funeral of Mrs. Twist’s nephew, F. Fremont
who died as a result of injuries suffered when his car
was hit by a bus last Wednesday. Mrs. Fremont was a
[NOTE: This name was misreported in the SY Valley
News; the deceased was named Chesley Freemonth,
according to the Nevada State Journal, December 21,
1947, page two. Mrs. Twist was the former Ruth Austin; her sister, Lillian, was married to Oliver Francis
Freemonth; Chesley was their son.]
MARGARET GALVIN, Friday April 11, 1947, page Four
Mrs. Daily’s Mother Succumbs in Montana
[NOTE: This article was somewhat illegible with
some words missing.]
Mrs. Margaret Galvin of Harlowton, Montana, mother of Mrs. Herbert Daily of Solvang died Friday at her
home after a long illness.
Mrs. Galvin was known in the Valley having lived
with Mrs. Daily during . . . year of 1945.
She formerly lived in Long Beach, but moved to
Montana . . . months ago. She was buried in the family
burial plot in Harlowtown, on Tuesday. Mrs. Galvin’s,
husband, W.B. Galvin died two years ago.
In addition to Mrs. Daily, Mrs. Galvin leaves three
daughters, Mrs. Perry James Moore, Two Dot Montana, Mrs. Jerry Breen of . . . Montana and Mrs. George
Coolidge of Long Beach. [NOTE: The last name of
Coolidge is incorrect and should read Mrs. George
Bendlage.]
MARY ANN GARZA, Friday, August 29, 1947, Page One
Two Girls Killed in Auto Accident
R. Bobadilla, 16 of 415 North E. Street, Lompoc, were
killed in an automobile accident Sunday evening on the
Lompoc-Buellton road.
According to the police, the girls were passengers in
a car driven by Pvt. Raul Bobadilla, a soldier, who is
stationed at Fort Ord.
Others seriously injured in the crash in addition to
Emma Bobadilla 14.
Sgt. C .D. Beach of the California Highway Patrol
said the driver of the car apparently lost control of his
convertible coupe on a small hill and overturned.
FRED GILLETT, Friday, January 10, 1947, Page Eight
the chairmanship of Hermann Burchardi of Solvang,
opened with a moment of silence in memory of Fred
Gillett of Lompoc, active Farm Bureau worker who
passed away suddenly Christmas day.
KATE ELIZABETH GRIGSBY, Friday, November 14,
1947, Page One
Last Rites Held for Mrs. Grigsby
Valley Union High School, were held at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the Bethania Lutheran Church.
The Rev. David A. Pierce-Jones, rector of St. Mark’s
Cemetery under the direction of the Paaske Funeral
Home.
Mrs. Grigsby, who was 61, died at her home Sunday
evening. She had been in ill health for some time.
Mrs. Grigsby, who was a member of the Congregational Church and the Pythian Sisters, had been engaged in teaching before her marriage May 26, 1916 to
Mr. Grigsby.
schools in North Carolina, New Mexico, and Sitka,
Alaska, when she worked under the Mission Board of
private school in Honolulu and taught Chinese boys of
high school age.
Mrs. Grigsby was born in Kansas, a daughter of the
late John Calvin Zimmerman and Catharine Lee Zimmerman. She came to California 32 years ago and she
and her husband settled in Solvang, 22 years ago.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Grigsby leaves a
ers, Asa Zimmerman of Oakland, and Fred Zimmerman
of Kansas; and three sisters, the Misses Jeanette and
wood of Redding.
REV. NIELS PEDERSEN HALD, Friday June 20, 1947,
Page One
Rev. Hald Dies; Rites Saturday
Funeral services for the Rev. Niels Pedersen Hald, 77,
retired clergyman, who died Wednesday afternoon following a long illness will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow
afternoon at the Danish Lutheran Church, with the Rev.
Cemetery.
Rev. Mr. Hald, who was born in Hjorring, Vendsyssel,
Denmark on May 25, 1870, came to the US 54 years ago.
He had been a resident of Solvang the past 13 years.
He started his work in the ministry in Minnesota in
1896 and retired in 1934 due to ill health. Rev. Hald had
been in poor health the past 10 years.
Rev. Mr. Hald was pastor of eight churches in his career in the ministry, and headed parishes in Minnesota,
Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota, and Texas.
Rev. Mr. Hald and his wife, Marie, were married in
Tyler, Minnesota in 1897 and had Rev. Mr. Hald lived,
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he and his wife would have celebrated their golden
wedding anniversary this December.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons,
Ansgar, a member of the US Marine Corps, Kristen of
ka, and two daughters Miss Marie Hald, principal of
Solang Grammar School, and Mrs. Andrew Brandt of
Junction City, Oregon.
Serving as pallbearers at the funeral will be Henry
Johnson, Chris Johnson, Peder Duus, Holger Pohls, and
Rev. Hald’s two sons, Ansgar and Kristen Hald.
made. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
the Paaske Funeral Home.
FREDERICK KRAMER HANDY, Friday, February 21,
1947, Page Four
Smoke Victim Once Worked in Valley
Frederick Kramer Handy, 28, who died of asphyxiTuesday morning worked for time here in the Valley
last summer as a ranch hand.
Handy, a veteran of service with the Seabees, was
given assistance last summer by the Valley unit of the
AWVS. He had been a patient in several service hospitals and the AWVS undertook to pay several of his
medical bills. (AWVS is the American Women’s Voluntary Services).
Handy returned to Sawtelle Veterans Hospital last
July and it was understood that following his release
from the hospital he went to Oregon, where he also was
a patient in a hospital.
During his stay here in the Valley, Handy worked on
several ranches for brief periods of time. He was employed at one time by the Petan Dairy and also was a
member of the Valley post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Fire authorities attributed Handy’s death to the fact
he was smoking in bed. Dense smoke from the mattress
EDWARD EARL HARDEN, Friday, July 24, 1947,
Page Nine
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Browning have received word that
their cousin Dr. E. E. Harden died at the Grove City,
Pennsylvania hospital. The funeral was held July 19 at
Butler, Pennsylvania. Dr. Harden practiced medicine in
Butler for many years and was a visitor with his wife at
the Browning home last March.
[NOTE: Edward Earl Harden, Doctor of Osteopathic,
is listed in the 1940 PA census for Butler County; Find a
Grave listed Edward Earl Harden, 1875-1947, with a burial
at North Side Cemetery, Butler, Butler County, PA.]
ANNA HENNINGSEN, Friday, March 21, 1947, Page One
Funeral Rites for Mrs. Henningsen, Solvang’s Oldest
Resident, Are Held
Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Margrethe Barger
Henningsen, 92, the oldest resident of Solvang, who
died Saturday afternoon at the home of her daughter,
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Mrs. Chris Madsen, were held at 2 o’clock yesterday
afternoon at the Danish Lutheran Church.
The last rites were conducted by the Rev. Aage
Moller, pastor of the church, assisted by the Rev. Evald
Kristensen and the Rev. Mr. Markman, of Pasadena.
Interment followed in the Danish Cemetery.
Mrs. Henningsen, who resided with Mrs. Madsen
during the past six years, was born in Aero, Denmark,
on December 5, 1854. She was married in 1875 to the
Aero, an island in Denmark.
She and her husband came to the United States in
1882 and settled in Clinton, Iowa. They left for California in 1917, making their home in Solvang.
Mrs. Henningsen’s husband studied for the ministry
abroad and completed that work in this country. He
also was an accomplished artist and much of his work
was exhibited in Copenhagen. Mr. Henningsen died in
1927 in Solvang.
Mr. and Mrs. Henningsen celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in South Dakota and marked their
golden anniversary in Solvang.
Mrs. Henningsen was an accomplished singer and
was often called “The Nightingale” in her native land.
tions, Mrs. Henningsen assisted her husband in his
church work and did much to care for the sick and
needy during her lifetime.
Surviving Mrs. Henningsen, who suffered a brief
illness, is another daughter, Mrs. S. H. Sorensen of Solvang and two grandchildren, Hagbarth Sorensen, a student at Stanford University, and Zelma Sorensen who is
in Mexico City. Two other children predeceased her.
WILLIAM IEST, Friday, November 21, 1947, Page One
Former Resident Dies in Ontario
William Iest, a building contractor who lived in Solvang from 1943 to 1944, died of a heart attack Sunday,
November 9, at his home in Ontario, California, according to word received here last week. Mr. Iest was 49.
While in Solvang, Mr. and Mrs. Iest lived in the
house formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hanson.
During his stay in the Valley, Mr. Iest was employed at
Camp Cooke.
He was a native of Holland, and besides his wife, he
is survived by three children, Meilina, William Jr., and
Yvonne Iest. Two brothers and a sister, living in Holland, also survive.
CLARA JENSEN, Friday, October 17, 1947, Page One
Mrs. Jensen Dies; Funeral Service Tomorrow at 2 pm
Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Kristine Jensen, a
resident of Solvang the past 20 years and wife of Jens
H. Jensen, former owner of the Solvang Feed Store, will
be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the Bethania
Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Aage Moller, pastor,
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Paaske Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jensen, who was 62, died at 4 o’clock Tuesday
afternoon in the Lompoc community Hospital, following an operation. She had been a patient at the hospital
the past six weeks.
Mrs. Jensen was born in Wisconsin and came to Caliin Oakland. She moved to Solvang a year later.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son,
Anders Jensen of El Ajon; a daughter, Mrs. William
Martin of San Juan Batiste; a brother Ansgar Ravnholt
of Los Angeles, and a sister, Mrs. Ollie Sorensen of Solvang, and several grandchildren.
Acting a pallbearer at the funeral tomorrow will be
Alfred Petersen, Anders Moller, A. C. Petersen, Jens
Johansen, Emil Jensen, and Herman Mikkelsen.
[Note: El Ajon is likely El Cajon]
KRISTEN JENSEN, Friday, June 13, 1947, Page One
Last Rites Held For Miss Jensen
Funeral services for Miss Kirsten Jensen, 81, a native
of Denmark and a resident of Solvang the past 33 years,
were held Monday afternoon at the Danish Lutheran
was in Ballard Cemetery.
Miss Jensen died Thursday, June 5 in Santa Barbara
General Hospital, where she had been a patient the past
two years. She came to this country 66 years ago.
Miss Jensen leaves her brother, Carl Jensen, and three
nieces and three nephews, all of Solvang.
FRANCES LAMPORT, Friday, May 16, 1947, Page One
Ruth Gordon’s Mother Dies in Santa Monica
Mrs. Francis M. Lamport, mother of Mrs. Ruth M.
Gordon, former owner of the Los Olivos Beauty Shop,
died Wednesday in Santa Monica.
Mrs. Lamport, who had lived in the Valley with her
daughter for a time, became seriously ill the early part
of the month.
It was shortly after Mrs. Gordon had sold her business that her mother became ill. Mrs. Gordon and her
family left the Valley immediately after hearing of Mrs.
Lamport’s illness to be at her mother’s side.
Funeral services were held yesterday in the Edwards’
Brothers mortuary in Los Angeles.
FANNIE STOW LIDDLE, Friday, April 25, 1947, Page Four
George Petersens Visit Santa Cruz
Mr. and Mrs. George Petersen returned last week
-
Fannie Little. The CA Death Index reports a death of
County.]
MARCUS LUND, Friday, January 10, 1947, Page Eight
Marcus Lund Dies in Los Angeles
Friends of Marcus Lund were saddened by the news
of his death of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles
on December 31st.
Mr. Lund was well known in Solvang and vicinity. He
was a student of the Danish College when the college
occupied the building now owned by the Knudsen Coffee Shop. The Lunds have visited in Solvang on various
occasions. He is survived by his widow and two sons,
Alfred and Elmer, and two grandchildren.
GEORGE LUTON, Friday, May 23, 1947, Page Four
Funeral Services held for Dr. Luton
Funeral services for Dr. George Roscoe Luton, 66,
prominent Santa Barbara physician and Valley practitioner for many years, were held yesterday morning in
Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara.
burial was in Santa Barbara Cemetery.
nal medicine, died in a Santa Barbara hospital Monday
night after an illness of several months.
Dr. Luton was born on August 23, 1880 in Mapleton,
died some years ago, was a member of the Bell family
of early Santa Barbara. They had one son, William R.
Luton of Los Alamos.
In 1942, Dr. Luton married Mrs. Theodore Frothingham, Jr., of Boston.
CAPT. OLUF. JOHN MADSEN, Friday, May 9, 1947,
Page Ten
Word was received here this week of the death of
Capt. O. J. Madsen, last Sunday at his home in Lomita.
Capt. Madsen and his wife visited here on several
occasions and had many friends in the Valley. He was a
year’s vacation following his retirement from the Navy.
[NOTE: According to the CA Death Index, Oluf John
Madsen died on May 5, 1947 in Los Angeles County.]
PEDER M. MADSEN, Friday, March 7, 1947, Page One
Peder M. Madsen, Former Merchant, Dies in Denmark
Peder Martin Madsen, who once operated a confectionery store in Solvang, and later owned a restaurant
at La Vega Park, died February 21, in Denmark. He was
70 years old.
in the small white frame house which is next to the Solvang garage on Mission Drive. About 1913 he built the
building on Main Street which now houses the Solvang
Drug Store.
While in that store, Mr. Madsen operated a confectionery, barber shop and also dealt in jewelry items,
Mr. Madsen later sold his Solvang business and with
E. S. Johnson of Santa Maria, built a café at La Vega
Park. Due to ill health, he sold out his interests in that
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In later years he lived from time to time in Solvang
and Redlands. At one time he lived in a house on Second Street near the Danish Lutheran Church.
Mr. Madsen had been in poor health during the past
last year returned to Denmark.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Edel Madsen; daughter, Mrs. Kedy Stenberg, and a son, Soren Madsen, all of
Brondum Pr. Guldarer, Denmark. A nephew, Hardvig
Jerney, of Salinas, also survives.
FRANK MONROE, Friday, August 15, 1947, Page Four
Mrs. George Hartnett and her son were called north
by the death of Mrs. Hartnett’s brother by drowning.
[NOTE: Frank Monroe is listed in the California
Death Index with a death date of August 8, 1947 in
Humboldt county
JESS MOORE, Friday, July 11, 1947, Page One
Last Rites Held for Jess Moore
Funeral rites for Jess Moore, resident of the valley
held Tuesday afternoon at Oak Hill Cemetery. The Rev.
Mr. Moore, who was believed to be about 68 years
old, was a native of Texas.
There are no known survivors.
JIM MOSS, Friday, January 31, 1947 Page Three
Mrs. Andrew Petersen and Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Elliott
of Sisquoc, were called to Salt Lake City Utah Monday
following the death of Jim Moss who is the son-in-law
of the Elliotts. They left by plane from Santa Barbara.
[NOTE: The UTAH Death Register shows a death
date for James Moss for January 26, 1947.]
NIELS M. NIELSEN, Friday, April 25, 1947, Page One
Last Rites Held for N. M. Nielsen
Last rites for Niels M. Nielsen, 71, of Ballard, who
had been a resident of the Valley since 1915, were held
at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the Danish LutherBurial was in the Solvang cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Henry Johnson, Henry
Aasted, Jens H. Jensen, N. J. Nielsen, Herman Mikkelsen, and Jacob Svendsen.
Mr. Nielsen, who died Monday night in a Santa Barbara Hospital, was born in Denmark, March 17, 1876.
Iowa.
He married the former Miss Dagny Sogaard in Iowa
on February 22, 1911 and four years later he and his
wife came to the valley to make their home.
Mr. Nielsen was engaged in ranching and was also in
the poultry business for many years in Ballard.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Nielsen is survived by
one son, Niels L. Nielsen and a granddaughter, Karen
Louise Nielsen of Ballard; three sisters Mrs. Margaret
Hansen, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada; Mrs. Marie
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Fischer, Boston; Mrs. Sadie Madsen, of Solvang, and a
brother, Peter Nielsen of Santa Barbara.
JENNIE NORWOOD, Friday, October 17, 1947, Page One
Norwood’s Mother Succumbs in North Dakota
Wallace Norwood, Solvang barber, was called to
Milnor, North Dakota, last Friday by the death of his
mother, Mrs. J. E. Norwood.
Mrs. Norwood was 81 years old, a member of the
Methodist Church, and an active member of the Order
of the Eastern Star.
In addition to her son, Mrs. Norwood leaves a daughter, Mrs. Susan Archer of Miami, Florida, and another
son, Alfred Norwood of White Ash, Montana.
[Note: Wallace Norwood is listed with his parents, G.
W. and Jennie, along with his sister, Susan in the 1920
Census for Milnor, Sargent County, ND.]
FRANK OLIVERA, Friday, December 19, 1947, Page One
Services Tomorrow for Frank Olivera
A Requiem Mass will be celebrated in Old Mission
Santa Ines at 9 o’clock this morning (Friday) by the Rev.
Cyprian O’Leary, OFM Cap., Pastor, for Frank Olivera,
62, who died Tuesday morning at his home.
Burial will be in Lompoc Cemetery under the direction of the Paaske Funeral Home of Solvang.
Mr. Olivera, a retired rancher, was a native of the
had been a resident of the Valley 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Isabelle; three sons, Frank,
Manuel, and William; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Dutra
and Mrs. Elero Hall, and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Silva,
MARIA ONTIVEROS, Friday, August 22, 1947, Page One
Requiem Mass Held For Miss Ontiveros
A Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Mary’s Catholic church, Santa Maria, Monday by the Rev. Thomas V.
Murphy, for Miss Maria Ontiveros, 66, a former resident of the Valley, who died Friday afternoon in Santa
Maria following a long illness.
Interment was in Santa Maria Cemetery.
Miss Ontiveros was born in Tepusquet on March 25,
1881, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ontiveros,
who were also natives of California.
She had lived in Tepusquet for the past 30 years after
ber of years.
She is survived by two brothers, Thomas and Leonand nephews.
MAUD F. PENNEY, Friday, September 12, 1947, Page Four
Attending Funeral
Mrs. George Penny of Long Beach, a sister-in law, of
ing. The Forsyths left the Valley Tuesday to attend the
funeral.
[NOTE: The CA Death Index shows a Maud F. Penney, born on March 15, 1884 in New York and died on
September 8, 1947, in Los Angeles County; mother’s
maiden name: Graham; father’s surname: Towsly.]
He leaves another daughter, Mrs. Iver Iversen and
two grandchildren.
HOLGER PETERSEN, Friday, May 30, 1947, Page One
Holger Petersen’s Classmates Act As Pallbearers at
Rites
Funeral rites for Holger Petersen, 18 year old son of
Mr. and Mrs. Niels Petersen of Refugio Road, who died
early Sunday morning as a result of injuries suffered in
an auto accident three and half miles west of Buellton,
were held yesterday afternoon.
The services were conducted at the Danish Lutheran
MARGARET QUINN, Friday, September 19, 1947,
Page One
Rites Tomorrow for Mrs. Quinn
Mrs. Margaret Marie Quinn, a resident of the Valley
the past 70 years, and widow of John Joseph Quinn,
died at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at her home
following an illness of more than two years. She was 81
years old.
Born in Sherwood Valley, on February 3, 1866, Mrs.
Serving as pallbearers were six of the young man’s
High School. They were Alton Nielsen, Dale McClellan,
Howard Jensen, Jimmy Saulsbury, Pear Harwood, and
Donlon Hanly.
Serving as organist was Mrs. Gerda Rasmussen and
classmate.
Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Paaske Funeral Home.
According to the California Highway Patrol, young
Petersen was a passenger in a car driven by Neal
Glisson, 22. Another passenger was Glisson’s younger
brother, Donald, aged 16.
The three boys were en route home from Lompoc
at about 2 o’clock Sunday morning, police said, when
the Ford coupe in which they were riding apparently
missed a turn. The car, which was practically demolished, plunged over a 75-foot embankment on the
Lompoc-Buellton road.
Police said that the Petersen boy died a few minutes
after the crash. Donald and Neal Glisson were rushed
to the Lompoc community Hospital. Donald received a
fracture of the left hip and other injuries and his brother
suffered minor injuries.
Hospital authorities said yesterday that Donald Glisson’s condition was improving daily.
Holger Petersen was born on September 26, 1928 on
Rancho Los Amoles. He was a graduate of the Solvang
Grammar School and was scheduled to graduate next
He was highly interested in model airplanes and was
active in the Valley Model Air Club.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister,
Mrs. Ruth Miller of Ellendale, North Dakota.
LORENTS PETERSEN, Friday, April 25, 1947, Page One
Arcata Man Succumbs Had Relatives Here
Word was received here Saturday of the death of Lorents Petersen of Arcata, who had several friends here
in the Valley, and who was a brother of the late Theodore Petersen of Solvang.
Mr. Petersen, who had been in ill health for some
time, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Aage
Christiansen. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. John
Roth.
coming to the Valley.
Mrs. Quinn was a daughter of the late Paul and Catherine Riel. Her father was a native of Germany, and her
mother was born in Ireland.
Graveside services will be conducted at 10 o’clock
tomorrow morning at Oak Hill Cemetery, with the Rev.
direction of the Paaske Funeral Home.
Mrs. Quinn leaves two daughters, Mrs. Viola Evans
of Amarillo, Texas, who arrived here Thursday, and
Quinn died about 20 years ago.
RICHARD RAYMOND, Friday, March 14, 1947, Page Three
Mrs. Craig’s Brother Succumbs in Madera
Mrs. Edna Craig and son, Frederic Craig, were called
to Madera Tuesday by the death Monday night of Mrs.
Craig’s brother, Richard Raymond, who made his home
at one time in the Valley.
Mr. Raymond, who died of a heart attack, resided in
the Valley until his marriage when he moved to Madera. He was in the feed and grain business in Madera for
more than 32 years.
In addition to Mrs. Craig he is survived by his widow; two sons, Austin and William; another sister, Mrs.
Irene Hawkins of Ventura, a brother, Horace Raymond
of Concord and a grandson, who resided with his
grandparents since the death of his parents in an auto
accident two years ago.
JOHN ROHAN, Friday, September 12, 1947, Page One
Mr. Rohan’s Father Dies in Connecticut
John Rohan, 84-year-old father of Robert A. Rohan of
Buellton, died Tuesday at his home in Meriden, Connecticut.
Mr. Rohan who had resided with his son and daughter-in-law in Buellton for several years, had cultivated
many friends during his residence in the Valley.
LUCY RUTTERS, Friday, June 13, 1947, Page Six
Rutters Return Home After Eastern Trip
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Rutters and son Norman, have
returned home after spending the last four weeks in
Hanover, Pennsylvania where Mr. Rutters was called by
the fatal illness of his mother, Mrs. Lucy Rutters.
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Mrs. Rutters died the day following the arrival of
her son.
While in Hanover, Mr. and Mrs. Rutters, also received news that their nephew, Captain Carl Alwood
Surviving also are seven grandchildren, Arlene Smith
of Solvang, Carolyn and Eugene Smith, of Lompoc, Esther Harding, Patricia Ann, and Sally George Smith, of
Los Olivos and Sharon Smith, Klamath Falls. Also one
crashed into the side of a mountain in Japan.
nieces, Mrs. Lillian Craven of Toppinish, Washington
EDWIN ALONZO SHARPE, Friday, November 28,
1947, Page Ten
the truck-motorcycle crash south of Buellton on Highway 101 on Friday of the last week which resulted in
First reports were that the High School bus driven by
Mr. George Yabsley was involved in the accident. Evidence presented to the Highway Patrol by Eldon Curtis
Powell, 20, of San Luis Obispo, driver of the truck,
showed that Sharpe had been driving in an erratic manand was struck when trying to right his machine.
The high school bus had passed Sharpe immediatereport of the truck driver.
After striking the motorcycle, the truck ricocheted
across the road and turned over against the bank.
HALLIE SHURTLEFF, Friday, July 4, 1947, Page One
Services Saturday For Mrs. Shurtleff
Funeral services for Mrs. Hallie B. Shurtleff, wife of
Judson H. Shurtleff, widely known Valley rancher, will
be held at 10 o’clock tomorrow (Saturday) morning at
Oak Hill Cemetery
Mrs. Shurtleff, who was in her 81st year died
Wednesday afternoon at her home in Fredensborg Canyon. Although she had been in poor health for some
time, her death was termed as sudden.
Mrs. Shurtleff was born in Keene, New Hampshire on
December 19, 1866 and has been a resident of the valley
for the past 27 years. Her husband is her only survivor.
GEORGE SMITH, Friday, January 10, 1947, Page One
George Smith, Valley Pioneer, Passes Away Monday
Night
A large number of relatives and friends were present
Thursday afternoon to pay their last tribute to the memory of George Smith who passed away Monday night
following a long illness. Graveside services were held at
Mr. Smith, a native of California was born in Cloverdale on September 10th, 1870, He came to Los Olivos in
1893 where he married Winnie Hartley on January 2nd
1904. The couple established their home on a ranch near
Los Olivos which has been their home ever since.
He is survived by his wife, Winnie, and three sons
and two daughters, Alvy Smith of Solvang, George
Lewis Smith, Los Olivos, Harry Smith, Lompoc, Ronald
Smith, Los Olivos, Eunice Hosier, Los Olivos, and Edna
Picker of Klamath Falls, Oregon.
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HESTER STAYTON, Friday, March 21, 1947, Page One
Last Rites Held for Mrs. Stayton Once Valley Nurse
Funeral rites for Mrs. Hester Stayton, 90, who was
known in her younger years by many in the Valley as a
practical nurse, and who was the mother of Mrs. Harvey Stonebarger in Los Olivos, were held Wednesday,
March 12 in Long Beach.
Mrs. Stayton, wife of the late Thomas Stayton, was a
resident of the Valley for many years.
Since the death of her husband, she had lived with
another daughter, Mrs. J. C. Malan, in Long Beach. She
was born in Missouri on November 7, 1856. She later
married in Independence, Missouri and came to California with her family in 1889.
was open range. At one time they owned the land
which is now Exposition Park and the Los Angeles
Stadium.
The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs.
Stayton was celebrated in Los Olivos and was attended
by many friends of the family.
In addition to Mrs. Stonebarger and Mrs. Malan, Mrs.
Stayton leaves four other children, Mrs. Adolf Eckert of
Moneta, Mrs. Frank Robison of Idaho, John Stayton of
Honolulu, and William Stayton of Oakland. There are
15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
HAROLD A. STENBECK, Friday, July 11, 1947, Page One
Harold A. Stenbeck Killed in Accident
Harold A. (Ike) Stenbeck, a veteran employee of the
Bell Telephone Company in Los Angeles and brother–
in-law of Mrs. Sam de la Cuesta of Rancho El Alamo
Pintado, was killed instantly in an automobile accident
July 4 near Inyokern in Kern County.
His wife, the former Miss Alice McCarthy, suffered
a broken collar bone, several broken ribs and cuts and
abrasions in the accident. She is a patient in the Rivercrest Hospital near Inyokern. The new station wagon in
which they were riding was hardly damaged.
Mr. Stenbeck was a frequent visitor to the Valley and
had cultivated many friends here during the past few
years. His wife is his only survivor.
Funeral services were held yesterday in Los Angeles.
AMY STIRLING, Friday, November 28, 1947, Page One
Norman Stirling’s Mother Succumbs
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Stirling returned Saturday to
their home, after attending the funeral of Mr. Stirling’s
mother, who died at the age of 91 at her home in Beverly Hills.
[NOTE: The CA Death Index shows Amy Gertrude
Stirling with a birth date of August 24, 1846 and a death
date of November 16, 1947 in Los Angeles County;
mother’s maiden name: Plumb; father’s surname:
Young.]
METTE THUESEN, Friday, February 21, 1947, Page Ten
Mrs. Madsen’s Sister Succumbs in Denmark
Mrs. Arne Madsen, wife of Solvang’s postmaster,
received this week news of the death of her sister, Miss
Mette Thuesen in Denmark.
Miss Thuesen, who was 34, had been a visitor to
Solvang on several occasions and was in this country
during the war. In fact, she was en route to this country
during the war. Miss Thuesen, who had been in poor
health, was ill about 10 days before her death.
She had contemplated a return trip to this country in
May and had already purchased her ticket for the voyage. She had planned to make her home here.
WILLIAM UPTON, Friday, April 11, 1947, Page One
Heart Attack Fatal To Lompoc Pioneer
William Upton, formerly of Lompoc, and brother of
following a heart attack.
Mr. Upton was member of a pioneer Lompoc family.
He was employed at Hueneme.
ARABEL VASQUEZ, Friday, February 21, 1947, Page One
Arabel Vasquez Dies in Buellton
resident of Buellton for many years, died early Wednesday morning at the home of Juan Fostero on the Odin
Buell Ranch.
was a member of the American Legion.
Interment will be in the family plot in San Luis Obispo.
ROSA B. WARD, Friday, August 29, 1947, Page Ten
Los Olivos Beauty Shop Open Again
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Ward have returned to Los
souri, where they were called by the death of Mr.
Ward’s mother. Accompanying them to Missouri were
Mr. Ward’s brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L.
Ward of Buellton.
The Wards’ Los Olivos Beauty Shop was closed for
one week during their absence and they said they are
now open for business.
[Note: Jimmy Lee Ward married Artis E. Nelson,
proprietors of the Los Olivos Beauty Shop on April
25, 1945 in Los Angeles; according to the CA County
Marriage Data Base, his parents were Jasper Lee Ward
and Rosabelle Woodhouse; Rosa B. Ward died in Douglas County, MO on August 11, 1947. The death record
reported that the informant was J. L. Ward.]
JOSEPHINE WINTER WHITNEY, Friday, February
21, 1947, Page One
Former Valley Teacher Dies
Mrs. Josephine Winter Whitney, who taught in the
her marriage, died at her home in Amherst, Massachusetts, last Sunday.
married in Solvang on June 24, 1933 to Robert B. Whitney, who also taught at the high school at the same time
as his wife.
She was born October 25, 1906 at Darlington, Wisconsin and received her education in Wisconsin and
Minnesota universities. Her husband is head of the
chemistry department of Amherst where they lived
following their marriage.
Mrs. Whitney leaves her husband and two daughters,
the youngest being only six months old. Several sisters
also survive, one of whom is Mrs. James Westcott, of
Santa Barbara.
JOHN BURK WILLHOIT, Friday, October 24 1947,
Page One
Last Rites Held for Rev. Willhoit, Retired Clergyman
Graveside services for the Rev. John Burk Willhoit,
a resident of the Valley the past 20 years and a retired
minister of the Presbyterian Church, were held at 2
o’clock yesterday afternoon at Oak Hill Cemetery, with
Serving as organist at the service was Edgar B. Davison of Ballard, a long-time friend of the retired clergyman. Burial was made under the direction of the Paaske
Funeral Home of Solvang.
The Rev. Mr. Willhoit who was the judge of the justice
court at the time of his death, passed away at 6:30
o’clock Tuesday morning at his home. Although he had
been in ill health for some time, his death came as a
shock to his many friends in the Valley.
Rev. Mr. Willhoit, who was 80 years old, was born
in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 18, 1867 the son of
the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Willhoit. He has been a
resident of California for 35 year and had lived in Los
Olivos the past eight years.
The retired clergyman took great interest in his home
life and was also especially interested in his vegetable
garden, where he could be seen almost every day cultivating and caring for his plants.
Rev. Mr. Willhoit served in World War I as a chaplain.
He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and a past
member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Maryetta MacGillivray Willhoit, four sons, Neil, Tom, Alfred, and DeWitt;
four daughters, Mabel Von Golhn, Maude Dale, Neil
Robb and Ruth Willhoit; nine grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren.
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Genealogy Indeed Can Be Rewarding
A
S WE ARE AWARE
rewards, but have you ever thought they would
I brought home a document I copied from a book at the
Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It was a record
from the Cemetery of the City of Tulare (California)
whereby my great-great grandfather, Charles Weden,
had purchased half a lot in the city cemetery on November 4, 1893 for $10.00.
I knew my great-great grandparents had moved to
California from Minnesota with several children including my grandfather, but I only knew about their lives in
Sacramento. What were they doing in Tulare and why
did Charles buy a cemetery plot there?
As often happens, I did not follow up on this immediately upon my return from Salt Lake City. Instead
this document languished for many months until one
out who Charles may have buried there. The cemetery
clerk informed me that a Mary Weden was the one buried there. Who was she? She shared my great-grandmother’s name but my grandmother didn’t die until
1941. The clerk suggested I contact the Tulare Public
Library to locate an obituary.
I wrote to the library and a week later a volunteer
responded. She had found a reference in the November
4, 1893 issue of the Daily Tulare Register about the death
of the INFANT Mary Weden. It read: “Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Weeden (sic), recently arrived from Minnesota,
lost an infant daughter by death this morning. The little
one took cold on the way out here. This is most unfor-
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Geraldine R. Thompson
L
ET ME TELL YOU ABOUT OUR MOST EXCITING graving adventure. The location
was Mystic, Connecticut, and it was the last day of our stay in this beautiful
village. My goal was to find Allyn’s Point. I thought it was somewhere
along the coast. After stopping at an information center in Mystic I found out I
was all wrong.
Allyn’s Point is located on the Thames River just above the submarine center
and Coast Guard school. The directions sounded simple. We only got lost three
times. We visited the submarine center and were turned away. No one there
knew about the point. Lost with the Thames River on one side of us and beautiful
Dogwood trees blooming on the other, I got some great pictures. Back on the
main road we stopped at a McDonald’s. I told Charlie I would ask directions
from the many senior citizens eating hamburgers. Not one of them knew of
Allyn’s Point. Charlie asked a 16-year-old kid and he said it was just down
the road. It was! It was a huge industrial complex with a tall fence and office,
named Dow Chemical.
I felt that if I said that I have come all the way from Santa Barbara, California
just to see my ancestral site that this would have an awful lot of clout on this
huge, fat guard with guns around his waist. It didn’t. He was at the entrance
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Michel Cooper Nellis
tunate and not a little discouraging to newcomers.” The
volunteer also found a note on the child’s death from
the Carruthers Funeral Home which stated that Mary
Weden, age six months and a resident of Tulare had died
on November 4, 1893, and was buried the same day.
In a follow-up phone call to the Tulare Cemetery, I
asked if there were others buried in the half lot that
Charles had purchased, since a half-lot held four
surprise answered ‘No.’ It is customary for the Tulare
City Cemetery to take possession of unused plots after
had been overlooked. She further stated that if I could
prove my relationship to Charles Weden, for a nominal
fee I could take ownership, and then sell the three open
plots. I did this, and less than three months later, I sold
the plots to a woman who wanted a plot for herself, her
husband, and her unmarried brother in the old section
of the Tulare City Cemetery. She happily paid me the
going rate of $400 per plot!
So now every time I discover the burial sites of ancespurchased and how many have been used?” So far I
have not reaped any more monetary rewards, but who
is to say it won’t happen again one day?
Michel Cooper Nellis is a California native, a local Santa
Barbara historian, and a long-time member of the Santa
Barbara County Genealogical Society. She co-authored the
book With Their Eyes Turned Skyward; Santa Barbara’s
Fallen Aviators of World War II published in 2012.
window at the office. “You are not allowed to take any photos or go inside. There
is an Allyn’s ancient grave yard, but only Allyn descendants can see it.”
“I’m am an Allyn descendant!”
“You are?”
“Yes I am!”
He closed up the office and said, “Follow me.”
He unlocked the gate and we followed his truck into the grounds and finally reached
the cemetery. It was a small plot with ancient grave stones. By this time we knew a little
about grave stone art. The oldest being just a skull. A primitive face with wings for an
angel the next step. We saw several of these and I was allowed to take their pictures. In
back of me were several rows of plain stones with no decorations which I did not take a
picture of.
Afterwards, I found out that these plain markers were the oldest stones. The earliest
ancestors did not know the art of carving rock and what they used to mark it wore off
with time. Afterwards I found out that this would be where my ancestors Robert Allyn
(1697 - 1760) and his wife Sarah Allyn (1706-1786) rested. He would have been one of
my founding fathers in America.
On the way out the guard told us that the Dow Chemical Company had bought this
property with the condition that the Allyn cemetery would be kept up and only Allyn
descendants could come into the grounds to visit the cemetery.
AGENT ORANGE most likely is made here!
A VISIT TO LIVE OAK
MEMORIAL PARK
I
Jim Wilson
HAVE NOT OFTEN VISITED CEMETERIES, however, inadvertently arriving at the Huntington Library
in San Marino two hours before its opening time I
thought ‘why not visit the Live Oak Memorial Park, it’s
just down the road in Monrovia (California). I have an
old map with a circle and note “Wilson Plot.”’ The plot
is in the third row from the parking lot and fourth from
the lane through the cemetery, a choice spot available in
Oral family history (and we are all aware of its accuracy) says they had a farm between Alameda Street and
the Los Angeles River, now the site of the Los Angeles
Union Railroad station. An 1873 map of then downfamily surname in that location, lending a bit of credence to the story.
Circa 1880 they sold the property, again alleged by
oral family history, to the Santa Fe Railway. Pushed out
by expansion of the city’s red light district which has
relocated to Duarte where they grew citrus.1
ly plot were my grandfather Roswell, his two wives,
Roswell’s sister, her husband, one of their sons, and
his second wife who was Roswell’s daughter. I had
known Roswell and his
the rest came as a surprise.
Gathered here in the shade
of an oak tree four generations held a quiet family
reunion.
1
“Dig unearths buried brothels,” Lawrence
Journal-World, June 2, 1996, pg 6F.
2
In the map, Calle Principal is now Main
Street, Calle delas Negron and Macy
Street are now North Los Angeles Street,
and Wine Street is the famous Olvera
Street. The Wilson farm is at the parking
entrance to Union Station.
Live Oak Memorial Map showing Wilson plot
Walking through the headstones I saw a prominent
piece of black granite on a grey granite base which
grandparents. Joseph, born in Manchester England
in 1832, immigrated to New York with his parents
in 1837. From there, he drifted to New Jersey where,
family had been in America since 1638. The lure of the
West proved irresistible and in 1872 Joseph came to
lowed two years later.
Los Angeles Map, 1873, with Wilson property 2
Jim Wilson has been a SBCGS member for six years and
authored Some Perspectives on World War II
I) and co-authored a paper, Liver & Bacon, dealing with the
train accident in which his cousin was killed (an expansion
of the last paragraph of Some Perspectives article) and her
travels with fellow WAVES. It is posted on the Michigan,
North Dakota website.
The headstone of Joseph F. and Elizabeth B. Wilson
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Family History
Alive in a Cemetery
Cari Thomas
My grandfather, William Herman Fischer (1873-1944),
became the Sexton of the cemetery in 1908 and shortly
dren born to Grandpa and my Grandma Johanna Maria
Bauer (1874-1948) moved into the caretaker’s house on
the southwest corner of Tree of Life Cemetery.
Besides my mother, siblings Raymond Frederick
(1912), Esther Sarah (1915) and Robert John (1919) were
born in the cemetery, and at 5 months of age, Raymond
died there of entero-colitis, sometimes called summer
complaint.
Cari’s Grandfather William H. Fischer, in front of Chapel at Tree of
Life Cemetery, O’Hara Twp, Allegheny County, PA. Circa 1910.
M
ANY OF THE ARTICLES in this Issue of Ancestors
West will discuss research into, exploration of,
or discovering family members currently to be
found [or not] in a cemetery. Not so this article, since
none of my family were buried at the Tree of Life Jewish Cemetery located on Kittanning Pike in the lovely
little “Pleasant Valley” of O’Hara Township, Allegheny
County, southwestern Pennsylvania.
ily history. My mother’s family lived in that cemetery
for 16 years, and several uncles worked there for more
than an additional 40 years, until 1967. In truth, my
mother, Anna Mathilda Fischer (7 Jul 1910) and her 3
younger siblings were born there!
William A Fischer (older brother of Anna) and “George Washington”, the single Fischer bull. Tree of Life Cemetery to left and down
hill. Circa 1922.
On the hill above the cemetery, Grandpa also had
cows stabled; they were a source of milk for the people
in the valley. The family bottled the milk and Mom
often told of climbing up and down the valley, delivering milk to neighbors, both before going to school (and
arriving just as the late bell was ringing) and at night
after dinner. In 1923, Mom graduated from 8th grade at
Caretaker’s house at Tree of Life Cemetery; Anna is small child
on top step, to right of family friend. Cemetery to left of photo.
Circa 1915.
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cemetery, before her father stopped her formal education. Grandpa did not believe in ‘higher education’ for
his daughters.
The cemetery telephone (Sharpsburg 62-J) was the
directions to call neighbors to the phone.”
In September of 1925, my
grandfather purchased a new
year greeting notice in the Pennsylvania Jewish Criterion. It read,
“Mr. William H. Fischer, Sexton of
the Tree of Life Cemetery, extends
to his relatives and friends sincere
wishes for a year fraught with
health, happiness and prosperity.” The Jewish New Year that
year was September 17.
In later years Mom wrote: “If
there was no rain water in the 2
barrels we had under the rain spouts
then we would carry buckets of it
from the cemetery pump. We used
rain water if there was some because
it was ‘soft’ water. Wonderful for
washing hair! The tub was one of at
least two that we used in washing
clothes. One for hot water washing of
clothes (rubbing them on a washboard) and one for cold water rinsing. Fischer girls and friends behind caretaker’s house at Tree of Life Cemetery. Circa 1918.
We hung the clothes in the cemetery to
dry. In ‘bad’ weather we stretched clothesline in the cemetery
chapel. On one of those nights where the clothes were hanging in the chapel the wind came in the windows and moved
the clothes back and forth. Someone saw this and started the
rumor that there were ghosts in there. The chapel also had
a small room where the body was
washed before burial. People used to
ask my Mother if she wasn’t afraid
to live in a cemetery and she replied,
‘It’s not these [the dead] to be afraid
of, but the living ones.’ “
The young families of two of
my mother’s elder brothers and
one elder sister also lived, for
periods of time, in the caretaker’s house during the years after
my grandparents moved to a
larger home up the Pike. All
Fischer family lived in the Tree
of Life Cemetery.
So, you see, one’s family
history can truly be alive in a
cemetery!
Cari Thomas is a local resident,
structor of German genealogy for
French, Irish ancestry, and immiwestern37@cox.net
Cari’s mother, Anna M. Fischer, at Tree of Life Cemetery. Circa 1915.
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Finding Find A Grave
Ancestry.com Purchases Find ADavid
Grave
Petry
M
OST GENEALOGISTS KNOW that Ancestry.com
purchased Find A Grave on September 30 of 2013.
The purchase has increased the use of Find A
-
Grave, and also begs the question of how and when the
site is most useful.
held website that compiles burial records, or in Find A
Grave terminology, memorials, for individuals. Each
memorial is associated with a cemetery and includes a
best effort at the full name, the birth date and location,
the death date and location, and of course the cemetery
bio, links to parents if they have records in the site, and
photos of the individual or the grave. Incomplete (and
incorrect) information is allowed.
Note to Photographers.
Take two grave photos whenever possible. Take one of the
grave and epitaph head-on,
another of the locale of the
grave so viewers have a sense
of where the grave is in the
cemetery.
gravers were almost solely focused on celebrity graves,
but Find A Grave’s great innovation was to make the
interests of these individuals available to families and
researchers with their own interests.
Memorial Ownership
There are other aspects of the site that come to light
with exposure and use. The most contentious among
Find A Grave’s volunteers is the site’s operations
model. Each memorial is ‘owned’ by one individual,
generally the person who entered the memorial at Find
member. But more often, someone compiles records
for an entire cemetery and loads them en masse, thus
becoming owner of hundreds, if not thousands, of
records. The current operating model holds that any
changes must either go through the current owner, or
the current owner may, upon request, turn over ownership to a new owner.
There are good reasons for this model. The Wikipedia
model, which people sometimes suggest as an improvement, opens data pages to updates from any logged-in
user. The content wars that have occurred as a result
are famous, or perhaps infamous, depending
on how you view the web. Libel, slander, and
outright insult are added before cooler heads
prevail. Such wars would be inexcusable on a
memorial.
Note to Photographers. When a grave is unmarked, or marked for someone else in the grave,
take a photo that encompasses the grave site and
area, and add a caption to photo and alert the
requestor of the caption (many people are unaware
of photo captions on Find A Grave).
Copleman Direct & Copleman Area
Find A Grave has been in
operation for 18 years and
has amassed nearly 111 million memorials, mostly in
the United States, but with graves recorded from all
over the world.1 The Find A Grave admin staff monesite and through the ability of interested parties to pay
to stop that advertising on a per memorial basis.
First impression, and given the Ancestry.com purchase, you might suppose Find A Grave is a genealogy
site dedicated to providing searchable burial records
for researchers. But this does not explain the thousands
and thousands of volunteer hours and effort the site
has enjoyed from the very start from people who are
not genealogists. The site was founded and built largely
by gravers, people who like to hang out in cemeteries,
and who like to ‘bag graves.’ It used to be that these
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Unmarked grave
grave numbering schemes that have arisen over time
in many cemeteries. At Santa Barbara Cemetery, there
are graves within lots within additions within sections
and the numbering is often non-sequential and more
often non-intuitive. Photographers like me show up
are located.
But this is minor compared to concerns of privacy
Detail of Mountain View section, Santa Barbara Cemetery.
Note to Photographers. Get to know your local
cemeteries. Learn the sections and numbering schemes.
However, the model has obvious limitations. The
only way to update memorial pages is to request a
change from the memorial owner. There are many
examples of family members or researchers who wish
to correct information or add links to deceased family
members but who are ignored or rebuffed by the memorial owner. (These unresponsive owners are termed
‘bullies’ by other volunteers.) There is an escalation
process that carries disputes to the admin staff of Find
A Grave, but, like Wikipedia and other online volunteer
content compilers, the default and persistent response
is to let the parties work things out among themselves.
The reason for the hands-off approach is, of course,
that the staff does not have any better basis than the
disputants for making judgment calls on what is more
correct. In addition, making such judgments opens the
site’s admin staff to legal scrutiny and challenges.
One outcome of this ownership model is a proliferation of duplicate memorial records, which are allowed.
Screen actor Laurence Harvey, for example, has one
marker in the Santa Barbara Cemetery, another in London. It is possible that his remains are also physically
distributed between the two sites, thus two memorials
on Find A Grave. Family members, frustrated with the
response of a memorial owner to their change requests,
have used this capability to create duplicate memorials
in the same cemetery.
Grave Concerns
One group left wholly out of the Find A Grave business
model is the cemeteries themselves. Where Find A
Grave makes gravers happy, provides amateur services
to genealogists, and tolerates families, it generally
makes cemeteries uncomfortable at best.
Santa Barbara Cemetery is a case in point. They view
needs photographers and an invasion of their lot owners’ privacy. (Disclaimer: I am one of these high-needs
photographers.)
One of the basic functions of Find A Grave is matching up a request for a photo of a gravesite with a
photographer in the area willing to go take the shot.
The high needs arise from the opaque and confusing
family privacy. Not all burials and markers are straightforward. With multiple marriages, for example, a
woman’s last name may be contentious. She may have
under a different one, and a marker with a third. The
dates on a marker are sometimes intentionally not those
actually lived. There are veterans who, at time of death,
are found to lack any record of service with the Department of Defense. There are families who assure geographically distant relatives that a marker is in place,
when in fact it is not, or is not the one promised.
Find A Grave volunteers, researchers, or families
trying to work through these discrepancies can also
create a demand on the cemetery. Cemetery staff
usually do their best to respond to family requests, but
like the grave numbering on the ground, records too
are layered, with computer data providing most of the
information, but interment records, sales records, and
plot books that run back into the 1870s that may contain
critical data.
and to provide families the ability to locate the resting
place of their loved ones from afar, or at times when the
cemetery is closed, the cemetery provided a complete
database of burials to the SBCGS, but without any additional personal details.
Even when there are no discrepancies, there are
families who simply do not want images of their lovedone’s grave marker on the web. “We’ve had requests to
remove the photographs,” Randy Thwing, Manager of
the Santa Barbara Cemetery, states. “These are families’
private memorials and we only take pictures if we have
been given permission since some families do not want
the pictures posted or out there.”2
But the cemetery does not have the rights to remove
photos from Find A Grave, nor do the families. The
photographer can remove it, and so can the owner of
the memorial. The photographer is rarely related to the
burial and may have an investment in building their
Find A Grave reputation, which is measured in part by
number of volunteer photos taken. The owner may be
similarly stacking their site stats and be unwilling to remove anything. As stated earlier, the owner of the page
might be from another limb of the family tree, a very
distant family member, or not a family member at all.
A majority of Santa Barbara County graves on FindA-Grave are ‘owned’ by local genealogist Ron West
(164,797 memorials); he is the one who loaded the
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grave records for many graveyards in the area to Find
A Grave. West has been responsive to change requests
for content or ownership. Although he did not reply to
an inquiry for this article, it appears that West’s motivation and practice is to provide families online access to
their loved ones’ memorials using the cemeteries’ own
records.
Following the Money
The result of all this is a volunteer-built, privately-held
but free site, of and for gravers with something of a
Wild West approach to administration that has nevertheless gathered 111 million grave records from
thousands of volunteers. Largely due to its success,
Ancestry.com, a $400M/year genealogy concern,
snapped it up.
Find A Grave volunteers were immediately and vocally concerned at the sale. The primary fear is that either
which of course charges for access. Diane Haddad of
Genealogy Insider wrote in her blog, “You may remember
back in 2000, when [Ancestry.com] (then called MyFamily.com) purchased RootsWeb. In 2008, RootsWeb was
moved onto Ancestry.com servers.”3 Which means it
became part of Ancestry.com’s subscription site.
Ancestry.com’s announcement of the purchase stated
that, “We will maintain Find A Grave as a free website,
[and] will retain its existing policies and mode of operation.”4
On Find A Grave’s side, the Frequently Asked Question page states that the site management is “categorically opposed” to the sale of the information or images
added to their site. Find A Grave “share[s] indexes of
Find A Grave content to select sites such as MyHeritage, FamilySearch, Ancestry and Mocavo. We may
allow them to use small ‘thumbnails’ of photos that are
available on the Find A Grave website, but do not share
full resolution photos. We think it is important that
Find A Grave searching remains free and have required
that Find A Grave search results always be available on
the ‘free side’ of those sites. We have been participating
in these ‘sharing agreements’ with other sites for years
and have found that they help grow the Find A Grave
community. Find A Grave receives no compensation
from these partnerships.”5
Claims aside, it is wise to remember that the sites in
question are business entities and the best that can be
said at this juncture is that change is afoot.
One change that’s certain, Find A Grave is getting a
agrave.com took a major leap after the purchase from
a global ranking in the high 5000s to one in the 2000s.
Find A Grave recently reached a ranking of the 935th
most visited site in the United States. At this writing,
Ancestry holds the 200th most visited site in the US and
its interest in Find A Grave is obvious: over 20% of all
visits to Find A Grave originate on Ancestry.com.
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In Santa Barbara, requests for photos of gravesites
other words, Find A Grave is important and promises
Rules of Engagement
Everything discussed thus far is, to an extent, somewhat irrelevant to the genealogist. When it comes down
to it, the most important questions are about the data.
James Barton, Find A Grave volunteer, observed that
the merger would proliferate ‘junk’ genealogy, the “repeating [of] erroneous data found who knows where,
without citing any original source.”6
This is the crux of how we understand and use Find
A Grave.
The data is not open to the constant reviews and
updates that Wikipedia boasts. It is ‘owned,’ and errors
are often overlooked or intentionally left in place.
Ancestry.com would do well to focus on the quality of
focused on delivering a mobile app for cell phones or
tablets.
So, as photographers or researchers, it is a good time
to remind ourselves of how to use Find A Grave. Some
rules of engagement are:
Be polite and be patient with all parties
Take all data with a grain of salt
Correct data in your research and do what you can
to correct it online
Be grateful for others’ efforts, even if they screw up
tion or images
Find A Grave is a great piece of evidence that memorials are valid and valued in our culture. It is free. It is
available. The best indications are join in, check your
broken.
1
Find A Grave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?searchType=all&SUBccntry=4&SUBcst=&SUBccnty=&SUBcid=&page=ltf), retrieved 1/14/2014
2
Randy Thwing, Manager, Santa Barbara Cemetery, to author, e-mail, December 30, 2013.
3
Diane Haddad, Genealogy Insider (http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2013/09/30/
AncestrycomAcquiresFindAGrave.aspx), retrieved 1/14/2014.
4
Ancestry.com blog (http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/09/30/ancestry-com-acquiresfind-a-grave/), retrieved 1/14/2014.
5
Find A Grave, Frequently Asked Questions, (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/
fg.cgi?page=listFaqs, retrieved 1/14/2014. Clearly, the last sentence is no longer true.
6
Ancestry.com blog (http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/09/30/ancestry-com-acquires-find-a-grave/#blogComments, Comment 73, retrieved 1/14/2014.
Nicolas Rayes
Violin by Nicolas Rayes (photo by the author)
an Early Santa Barbara Luthier
a Reminiscence
Melville R. V. Sahyun (his great nephew)
I
T OCCURRED TO ME that now I may be the only
one living, at least in our family, who personally
remembers my great uncle, Nicolas Rayes (aka Nicola
Rayes, depending on whether one prefers the Greek or
the French spelling; our family always used the former), both in person and in the stories told about him.
Uncle Nicolas died when I was no more than six years
old, so my direct memories are of necessity somewhat
limited…a child’s memories.
According to immigration records Nicolas was born
in what is now Lebanon in 1861. He was the son of
Helena Damianos and Boutros Rayes and the brother of
my grandmother, Neffajeh Rayes Sahyoun. At that time
Lebanon was part of the Ottoman Empire, and adminnumber of others could be described as “a character.”
He was a violin-maker of
great skill and also a hoarder who lived alone, for the
most part; he never married.
Among family memorabilia I
have not found any photos of
him, but when I came across a
photo of my uncle, Theodore
Sahyoun, my father’s elder
resemblance to my visual
memories of Nicolas, strolling
Theodore Sahyoun
up the front walk to my mater(ca. 1972)
(photographer unknown) nal grandmother’s house on
Bath Street, perhaps bringing
us some snacks from the health food store. Nicolas was
a strong believer in organic and natural foods, especially whole grains, and would lecture my mother and
grandmother on the subject of nutrition. My mother
rather resented this, as she felt that her husband was an
expert on nutrition, and she didn’t need any lecturing
by an amateur.
My father, Melville Sahyun, chose to come to Santa Barbara when he immigrated in 1923 in large part
because of the urgings of his uncle Nicolas who found
iniscent of their Lebanese home. Both Melville and
his uncle shared a love for Classical music and for the
garden; they were at home with the olives, grapes, and
the stone pines. Behind Nicolas’ shophouse on Santa
Barbara Street there was a grape arbor, as I remember
– a Lebanese house had to have a grape arbor. Melville
lived with Nicolas only a short time; both liked their
independence, and I’m sure Nicolas’ hoarding was a
great irritant to Melville.
In the Santa Barbara Street
shop, Nicolas made,
repaired and
sold violins. The site of
the shop is now
part of the Santa Barbara
Presidio State Park
and the Presidio reconstruction, based in part on documents translated from the old Spanish by my mother,
Geraldine Valde Sahyun. We still have three of Nicolas’
instruments in the family. On one of them the scroll
is carved into the shape of a human head. I personally kept the one with the head; it had been one of my
father’s favorites.
I was chided by a violinist friend, whose instrument
also has a scroll carved in the form of a head, although
not by Nicolas, for keeping a violin when I don’t play.
“A violin has a soul, and it must be played to nourish its spirit,” she said. I suspect Nicolas would have
agreed. During the 1920s, my father Melville played
second violin in a regularly performing string quartet
in Santa Barbara; he was quite a good violinist, but
unfortunately stopped playing before home recording became feasible. Neither Nicolas’ commitment to
violin making nor my father’s choice of instruments are
perhaps surprising, as the violin is originally of Middle
1
When Nicolas Rayes came to the United States about
1900 (on the SS Deutschland from Cherbourg, France,
according to Ancestry.com) he did not go directly to
lished his business on a site on the very western edge
of the city’s development. As the city grew up around
it, his property value, and with it his property taxes,
increased. By 1920 the taxes reached a point where he
felt that they were onerous and refused to pay them.
moved to Santa Barbara. The property, by the way, is
now part of the site of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), possibly one of the most valuable
pieces of real estate in the LA basin.
As I mentioned, Nicolas Rayes died when I was
about six years old, when he would have been 85. After
his death a will was presented to the courts by another
Lebanese family in Santa Barbara who owned a business located nearby to Nicolas’ on Santa Barbara St.
According to this will, Nicolas had left his property to a
member of this family. The will was supposedly agreed
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witnessed by the would-be heir and his attorney. My
father was suspicious, as was a cousin, George Rayes,
another Lebanese immigrant who lived in Ocean City,
New Jersey. With George’s at least moral support, my
father hired a young attorney, John T. “Jack” Rickard,
been admitted to the bar. Jack subsequently became a
distinguished judge of the California Superior Court
and served as mayor of Santa Barbara; he was also a
neighbor.
When the case was being heard in the courtroom
before Judge Wagner, who like Pres. Roosevelt was
been to see a legal proceeding in a courtroom. It made
a great impression on me. The climax of the case (my
original memories may be fragmentary, but the story
was rehearsed many times in family gatherings, and
I also found the transcript among my father’s effects)
came when the putative heir took the stand; Jack asked
“Then to whom did he give the pen?”
“I signed next.”
“Then you passed the pen back to the attorney?”
“Yes, he signed last.”
“So,” Jack continued, “the pen was passed from Mr.
Rayes to yourself to the attorney?”
“Yes”
“Then why are the signatures in different colors of ink?”
Needless to say, Judge Wagner promptly rejected the
will, but there was no prosecution. After the costs of the
case, charged to the estate, there was, of course, nothing
left. But my father felt that a moral victory had been
won. For George and Sarah things may not have gone
so well; to Sarah fell the lot of cleaning up the results
of Nicolas’ lifetime of hoarding. She reportedly had
to have the roof removed from the shophouse and the
junk removed by crane.
There may be more information about Nicolas Rayes
in the book Rayes: a family history, authored by Sadie R.
Rayes in 1979 and indexed in the genealogical collection of the Library of Congress. I have not yet been able
to obtain a copy of it, nor establish how Sandra, “Sadie,” is connected to Nicolas. A database search indicates that both Nicolas and Neffajeh are incorporated in
Ms. Rayes’ family history book. Some confusion arose
in my research, however, because Sandra had an older
brother, also named Nicolas.
NOTE: An incorrect entry on Ancestry.com to the
effect that Nicolas Rayes died in Lebanon resulted from
misinterpretation of a request Jack Rickard made in
1949 through the US Consulate in Beirut to obtain in
translation any will which Nicolas may have made and
left in Lebanon prior to his emigration.
© 2013 M. R V. Sahyun
1
Violin, Wikipedia article (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/violin), retrieved 1/18/2014.
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Finding Concetta
By Gloria Clements
“I would like to visit my mother’s grave when we are
in Niagara Falls. She is buried at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery close by to where we will be staying,” Orlando tells
Gloria suggests that Orlando contact the cemetery bewe don’t have to wander all over the graveyard. Concetta passed away in 1952 so there have been many, many
more graves placed in this cemetery since that time.
Orlando calls the cemetery and inquires as to the
whereabouts of his mother’s gravesite (Concetta Iuele).
They tell him there is no record of this burial in their
cemetery. Orlando knows his mother’s grave is there.
He attended the funeral when he was in his early 20s.
So we have no other choice but to wander around the
remembers it was somewhat near a fence – doesn’t that
nail it down pretty well (ha).
high 40’s, as the two travelers converge at the St. Joseph
Cemetery. As we drive around the U-shaped drive, it is
more obvious the newer graves are to the right as there
We decide to debark from our rental car on the left side
of the cemetery to start our search. Sure enough, in a
section in the middle on the left side, there appears to be
gravesites from the late 1940s and 50s.
After a half hour of wandering back and forth over
the rows and rows of gravestones, we are getting pretty
cold. Gloria’s shoes had taken on water, so her socks
were soaked and numbness was setting in. Gloria,
gravestones that are buried under the grass.” Orlando
turns around to look at Gloria with a look of dismay
and discouragement and says, “Okay, let’s go.” As Gloria approaches Orlando, she looks at the stone where
Orlando was standing. He was standing right in front of
his Mother’s gravestone. Fate, fortuitous, chance, luck,
divine intervention…what do you think?
Gloria Clements, SBCGS member, resides in Santa Barbara
CA. Searching Chaney, Anderson, Fernelius & Bunzel in WI,
MN, IL, KY, OH, VA, MA
“A Name Known to Los
Sharon Summer
“A NAME KNOWN to Los Angeles Since 1890.” Could
one really put all those words on a headstone? Would
it sound silly? My brother wanted to have this phrase
carved on our father’s headstone. The phrase was written at the top of our father’s business card, after all, and
it was so much the “him” we had always known.
I remember my father’s discussion with my mother
talking about dying or most any topic. (The year before
brother Glenn had asked Dad what he’d like done at his
funeral. Dad replied, with grin and a twinkle in his eye,
“Do anything you’d like. I won’t be there.”)
So now Glenn inquired of our dad in a lighthearted
way, “Sharon and I were thinking of putting on your
headstone “A Name Known to Los Angeles Since
mer’s fog, his eyes twinkled again, and he managed an
amused, “Yes.”
“Did William arrive in Los Angeles in 1889 or 1890?”
father asked our mom. Mother looked up from her
would I know?”
Dad wanted to put the phrase across the top of his
new business card. Starting an electrical contracting
business in Los Angeles after the war, he thought
having the year 1890 printed on his card would give
weight to his venture. He couldn’t make the decision
that night. Who could tell him the correct year, since
both William and his son Allen, Dad’s father, were
already dead. But then one night after dinner, Dad
announced that the year was to be 1890. At age 5, who
was I to wonder or question how Daddy arrived at this
conclusion? I was simply happy he was happy to have
his answer.
Allen Knickrehm’s business card
In 2008, as Dad neared the end of his long life, my
brother kept talking to me about the idea of putting the
phrase “A Name Known to Los Angeles Since 1890”
on dad’s headstone. I equivocated. I would not say yes
or no. I imagine I looked like my mother must have
words on headstones? If few did, would ours look embarrassingly silly with such a phrase? Was it permitted
by the graveyard people? Could we? Should we?
Because Dad was still alive in early 2008, my brother
and I decided to ask him what he thought of the idea.
Settling down in comfy chairs in front of his wheelchair we talked with him about this and that. He loved
having us with him and was never uncomfortable
Allen Knickrehm’s epitaph
So it was to be done. Glenn and I set out to Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery on W. Washington Blvd. in
where his ashes would be buried, alongside members
of our family.
We drove into Angelus-Rosedale, founded in 1884,
with its 65 acres. The place turned out to be rightly
to implement a design called a “lawn cemetery,” where
the grounds have expanses of lawn, curving roads, and
a park-like feel. The entire cemetery was once located
right in downtown, until “development” said it had to
be moved to where it is now. On the day my brother
and I arrived we walked around on the parched grass.
The place needed care. One headstone was half inside a
tree trunk, struggling for its place and losing. The gently sloping hills showed us an array of old and varied
headstones. Up at the top were tall and elaborate gravestones, from the 1800s. Some of the others lower down
After a bit of wandering we found the plot with
William’s headstone, 1863-1933. Buried next to William was his wife, Auguste. Now I could connect in
my mind the William who arrived in Los Angeles
in 1890 with the same William who had the thriving
house-moving business. We have family photos of hohad been located across the street from present day
Pershing Square. Long gone now. And I wondered who
the other four relatives were that were buried with William and Augusta. Not all were their children. Finding
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Three generations at the
Knickrehm family plot.
Allen I. Knickrehm 18961941 – William and Augusta’s son Allen Ironside, our
grandfather, got his middle
name from a neighbor. He
was said to be “fun-loving.” He ran the family
house-moving business
after William. We have a
picture of him sitting at
his company desk taken in
1914, but he died at age 45
due to heart problems from
childhood scarlet fever. My
grandmother then sold the
business to two employees.
out more about these people buried in our family plot
marked the beginning of my interest in genealogy. Here
is what I discovered about them:
William Knickrehm 1863-1933 – Son of immigrants
Carl and Caroline Knickrehm from Bückeburg,
Germany who immigrated in 1871 to Elgin, Illinois.
In the Sahyun Library for the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society a lovely lady helped me
locate a book at UCSB in which included William’s
obituary. The book is California of the South Vol. 4:
A History Biographical by John Steven McGroarty,
1933. My great grandfather must have been important to get his life written up in a book of prominent
Auguste Knickrehm (Augusta in English) 18611955 – Came to Los Angeles on a covered wagon
from Frederickburg, Texas, sometime before marrying William on January 11, 1890 in the First German
Methodist Church in Los Angeles. I found out it
LA, with services in German. Augusta lived to age
92 in the house William’s German workers built. I
remember meeting her when I was a little girl. In
2013 the current owners gave my brother and me a
tour of this sturdy home on East 35th Street.
M. Ruth Herley 1900-1983 – Miss Herley, an elderly
relative told us, was a family friend who had no
family of her own. She never married and lived
with Augusta after William died.
On a plaque in the grass beside the prominent headstones of William and Auguste were three names of
related Knickrehms:
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Carrie Knickrehm 1894-1963 – Daughter of William and Augusta, born in Los Angeles, graduate
of USC, Carrie was a school teacher and never
married. She and Emma Knickrehm lived in a
large room in a building in Highland Park near her
school. I remember that room as being stuffed with
dark mahogany furniture and a curtain around
Emma’s bed.
Emma Knickrehm 1877-1956 – Sister of William,
Emma worked in the Elgin Watch Factory in Elgin,
Illinois before moving to Los Angeles. Once in
LA she lived with her niece, Carrie Knickrehm, in
the Highland Park section of Los Angeles. Emma
served as a teacher’s aide in Carrie’s third grade
classroom at a school in Elysian Park, near Dodger
Stadium.
Months after our initial visit to the cemetery our father’s
eyes twinkled no more. He died November 25, 2008. His
ashes were placed next to those of our ancestors.
Glenn and I found Stan, the headstone maker. “I’ll put
on it whatever you want me to put on it,” he told us. So
it was, “A Name Known to Los Angeles Since 1890.”
Sharon Summer, whose maiden name is Knickrehm, is an
SBCGS member with an escalating love of genealogy. This is
Cemeteries hold lasting
memories and can yield up
their secrets
I
Deborah Drew Kaska
T WAS A STRANGE RITUAL. Each year a week or
so before Decoration Day, my father would put the
lawnmower in the trunk, together with clippers and
rakes and after dinner we would all drive to “The Cemetery” to clean up the graves. I think other families did
this too, but we never saw another living soul during
our visits.
The drive took perhaps 15
minutes, but that time was
our home in a Chicago
suburb “way out into the
country.” Amid the Illi-
The Lehmann family
marker, Lace Cemetery
graveyard in an area known
as Lace Cemetery.1 While
my parents clipped and
mowed and raked the plot
where my grandmother and
two generations before her
rested in peace, my brother
and I explored. There were
tombstones to sit on, spooky
crypts to peek into, and neat
places to hide. We youngsters enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, with no thoughts
of the persons buried there.
They had all died long before our time.
For my father, however,
I am sure there were many
memories. The tiny church where the German settlers
worshiped used to stand adjacent to this land, but had
long ago moved to a new location. His uncles had once
owned the two farms down the road, but they too were
now gone. The ground where he laid his mother to rest,
and his grandparents before her, remained however,
and each year he made sure that this plot was cared for
before May 30.2
Another 60 years have now passed. Housing tracts
have spread from the neighboring towns and swept
around and past this sacred ground. My brother bought
a townhouse within walking distance of the cemetery.
Thus it is that once again we walk there to reminisce.
Since it was never plowed, the cemetery is now considered original prairie and protected for the plants that
grow there as well as for the history it records.
I visit now with a pad and pencil and walk slowly. I
know much more about the people buried here. Many
are part of my extended family. The stones tell varied
stories. Most are in German; they were Alsatian farm-
Great–grandparents Henry and Ursula Lehmann
er laborers who sought better lives in the new world.
Wives died in childbirth, children succumbed to diphtheria and small pox. A few served in Illinois regiments
in the Civil War; more were drawn into the draft for the
Great War. Some epitaphs have faded almost beyond
recognition, stones have broken and been cleared away,
but the graves my father tended still stand.
Not far from the Lace cemetery is the Cass graveyard
where the English buried their dead.3 Since the settler’s
the English and hence I have ancestors buried here as
well.4 Like Lace, Cass has also been swallowed up by
the urban sprawl of the Chicago suburbs, but one family has started a Cass Cemetery Website. I contributed
information to this website several years ago and this
Christmas received a very special gift. I was contacted
by a descendent of a related family. They shared with
me family lore about my ancestors that may help to
answer some questions I have long pondered. I’m
sure the settlers buried in this quiet graveyard did not
contemplate that across the years and across the miles
email would one day connect their descendants.
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1
Lace Cemetery is formerly known as Saint Johns Lutheran Cemetery, located at the junction of
67th Street and Glendon Hills Road in Darien, IL.
2
Henry Lehmann and his parents Heinrich Lehmann and Eva Dietz and Ursula Veith’s parents Jacob
Veith and Salome Veith are all buried in the Lace Cemetery along with numerous uncles, aunts
and cousins.
3
Cass Cemetery is located at 1510 Frontage Rd, Darien, IL.
4
The Cass Cemetery is where my grandfather Arthur Drew and his parents James Drew and Maria
Rooke are buried along with Maria’s sister Susanna Rooke Pitcher and other Rookes and Pitchers.
Book Reviews
Discovering Cemeteries, &
Burying Grounds
at the Library
By Louise Matz
SBCGS member Debbie Kaska retired from UCSB in 2002
and has been researching family history in Illinois, Alsace,
Pomerania and England. She is particularly interested in
reading old German script. Kaska@lifesci.ucsb.edu
Surname
Index
See page 36 for surnames for Santa Ynez Valley News
Extracts. Does not include surnames from endnotes.
Allyn, 22
Anderson, 3, 30
Bason, 1
Bauer, 8, 24
Bauerin, 8
Bettendorf, 7
Boehr, 9
Bonnell, 23
Bouvier, 11
Bower, 8
Brilliant, 38
Bunzel, 30
Burek, 35
Chaney, 30
Clements, 30
Colman, 4
Copleman, 26
Cummings Wright, 10
Damianos, 29
DeBartolo Carmack, 34
Dietz, 34
Drew, 34
Ferl, 4
Fernelius, 30
Fischer, 24
Forbes, 8
Fritsche, 4
Frolick, 3
Fulmer, 9
Haddad, 28
Harris, 3, 11
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Harvey, 27
Hauschild, 7
Herley, 32
Hobbs, 3
Huff, 8
Iuele, 30
Jameson, 9
Jenson, 7
Juhasz, 3
Kaska, 33
Kennedy, 11
Knickrehm, 31, 32
Kohrs, 7
Kuhn Clarke, 35
Lehmann, 33
Lohmann, 5
Mangelsdorf, 6
Matz, 34
Maxwell, 8
McGroarty, 32
Menachemson, 35
Meyer, 5, 35
Miller, 3
Mitchell, 34
Nellis, 22
Oksner, 7
Onassis, 11
Paxton, 7
Petry, 2
Pitcher, 34
Porter, 3
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Poteet, 8
Quinn, 7
Rayes, 29
Rickard, 30
Roark, 12
Rooke, 34
Roth, 8
Rush, 11
Rusk, 11
Sahyoun, 29
Sahyun, 29
Sayre, 23
Schaffer, 3
Schramm, 6
Sloan, 7
Stitt, 8
Summer, 31, 32
Thomas, 24
Thompson, 22
Thwing, 27
Valde, 29
Veith, 33
Vouvier, 11
Wagner, 30
Weden, 22
Weeden, 22
West, 27, 28
Wilson, 23
T
HE SAHYUN LIBRARY has several hundred
books that can hone your skills while you “unearth” your ancestors! Using the on-line Library
index, you can search for “cemeteries, gravestones,
burial or epitaphs”. There many cemetery “records”
death dates for your ancestors. I’m reviewing a few
books here, but there many more for US states and
other countries!
One of the best books to get started on your cemetery
research is Your Guide to Cemetery Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. (929/D27/Car) She writes an
entertaining and informative book that will help you
locate and evaluate cemeteries where your ancestors
“reside.” She has helpful information that will clarify
tombstone iconography, the symbols, epitaphs and
book is out of print, but good, used copies are available
There are helpful books for foreign cemetery research.
One is A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards, by
Brian Mitchell. (941.5/V3/Mit) “In this book every
relation to a townland or street address. Each townland is located in its appropriate civil parish, and each
parish is listed in alphabetical order in its county and
is preceded by a number which gives its location in A
New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland. An Ordnance Survey
number lets the researcher pinpoint the church’s exact
location on a six-inch Ordnance Survey map. Churches
that are now defunct and graveyards that have been
separated from their churches can be located with this
guide.” I couldn’t describe it better. Irish researchers
A Practical Guide to Jewish Cemeteries by Nolan
Menachemson, is a comprehensive text, in an easy to
understand format, which covers Hebrew tombstone
engraving and symbols. Understand Jewish laws about
burial and customs. There are over 100 photos and diagrams. (305.892/V3/Men) Available about $49.
Cemeteries of the U.S, by Deborah M. Burek has been
out for about 20 years. (973/V3/Bur) This is a great
are described with several ways to locate cemeteries if
they have changed names, for example. National military and religious cemeteries are also listed. This book
is not available.
Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American
Culture, by Richard E. Meyer. (973/V3/Mey) This
uring out what the gravestone are really telling us! The
motifs and the ethnic and cultural messages should not
be missed. There’s more there than meets the eye. This
Epitaphs from Graveyards, Wellesley, MA. by
George Kuhn Clarke. (974.4/Norfolk/V3/Cla)This is
one of several “epitaph” books one our shelves. This
one goes a step further, in that the author has done
biographical searches, and produced a more informative text. So you might get a clever epitaph, and also
genealogical information!
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Surname Index from Santa Ynez Valley News Extracts
Aasted, 18
Alexander, 18
Alwood, 12, 20
Andersen, 12
Appel, 12
Archer, 18
Austin, 15
Ayres, 17
Barger, 16
Barnes, 12, 13
Barret, 13
Beach, 14, 15
Beattie, 13
Bell, 17
Bendlage, 15
Bermudez, 13
Billington, 12
Blakeley, 13
Boaz, 17
Bobadilla, 14, 15
Boise, 14
Brandt, 16
Breen, 15
Browning, 16
Buell, 14
Burchardi, 12, 15
Burlingame, 20
Carlson, 14
Christiansen, 19
Clemens, 14
Clinton, 14
Coolidge, 15
Craig, 19
Craven, 20
Cullen, 14
Daily, 15
Dale, 21
Davis, 13
Davison, 22
de la Cuesta, 20
Dutra, 18
Duus, 16
Easterday, 14
Eckert, 20
Elliott, 18
Enos, 13
Erro, 19
Espersen, 12
Evans, 19
Fischer, 13, 18
Fisher, 13
Flanagan, 14
Forsyth, 18
Fostero, 21
Frame, 14
Freemonth, 15
Fremont, 15
Frothingham, 17
Galvin, 15
Garza, 14, 15
Gillett, 15
Glisson, 19
Gordon, 17
Graham, 19
Grigsby, 15
Hald, 15
Hall, 18
Handy, 16
Hanly, 19
Hansen, 14, 18
Hanson, 14, 16
Harden, 16
Harding, 20
Hartley, 20
Hartnett, 18
Harwood, 19
Hawkins, 19
Hazlewood, 15
Henderson, 13, 19
Henningsen, 16
Herman, 13
Highfill, 20
Hosier, 20
Iest, 16
Iversen, 19
Jensen, 16, 17, 18, 19
Jerney, 18
Johansen, 17
Johnson, 13, 14, 16, 18
Knudsen, 14
Kristensen, 16
Krogh, 12
Lamport, 17
Lickner, 13
Liddle, 17
Little, 17
Lund, 17
Luton, 17
Lybeckor, 14
MacDonald, 13
MacGillivray, 21
Madsen, 16, 17, 18, 21
Malan, 20
Markman, 16
Martin, 17
McCarthy, 20
McClellan, 19
McMartin, 14
Mendez, 13
Mikkelsen, 17, 18
Miller, 14, 19
Moller, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Monroe, 18
Moore, 15, 18
Moss, 18
Murphy, 18
Nelson, 21
Nielsen, 18, 19
Norwood, 18
Nunez, 18
O’Leary, 14,18
Ochoa, 13
Olivera, 18
Ontiveros, 18
Penny, 18, 19
Petersen, 12, 17, 18, 19
Piatt, 14
Picker, 20
Pierce-Jones, 15
Plumb, 21
Pohls, 16
Powell, 20
Quinn, 19
Rasmussen, 19
Ravnholt, 17
Raymond, 19
Riel, 19
Roark, 12
Robb, 21
Robison, 20
Robles, 13
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Rohan, 19
Ross, 13
Roth, 19
Roy, 21
Rutters, 19, 20
Sanchez, 12
Saulsbury, 19
Senteno, 13
Sharpe, 20
Shurtleff, 20
Silva, 18
Smith, 20
Sogaard, 18
Sorensen, 12, 16, 17
Stayton, 20
Stenbeck, 21
Stenberg, 18
Stirling, 20, 21
Stonebarger, 20
Svendsen, 18
Thuesen, 21
Towsly, 19
Twist, 15
Upton, 21
Valencia, 13
Vasquez, 21
Von Golhn, 21
Ward, 21
Westcott, 21
Whitney, 21
Wiard, 15
Willhoit, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20
Woodhouse, 21
Yabsley, 20
Young, 21
Zimmerman, 15
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rticles for Ancestors West should focus on useful sources, helpful research strategies,
compelling historical accounts, and interesting case studies. Each issue will have a
theme, but the theme is meant only to draw together a selection of content within
the journal. There are also regular features or sections. These include Book Reviews, Hot
Blogs, and On the Record. Submissions for these are welcome at any time prior to the
deadline for the issue.
Manuscripts
Suggested length is from 250 to 2500 words. Longer pieces or serial pieces are also
published.
Submit your document in Word format if possible. If not, please submit in text format.
If you have footnotes in your document, insert them if you are using Word. Otherwise,
note the location in the text (at the end of a sentence or paragraph) with brackets and a
sequential number, e.g., [1]. Enter the footnote text at the end of the piece.
Images
The images in general must be over 1MB, and preferably over 2MB, with good quality
resolution – they look clear and sharp to the naked eye.
Please include a caption for each picture, a photo credit or source, and insert the caption
in the location in the document where it should appear.
Notes on content
Please include details you might otherwise think should be left out. All Ancestors West
narratives have to do with genealogy. Genealogy is a method and a means. What we
arrive at in this endeavor are life stories, pieces of history, and tales of the genealogical
method or effort itself. If you write a narrative about tracking down Uncle Milo, for instance, it is not only okay to provide some gloss on the details you track down, but also to
explore them. For instance, if Milo owned a dairy, was a deacon at the First Presbyterian
Church of Lunar, Mississippi, became mayor of Lunar, married twice and had six children, your readers will expect that you have looked into the details and will want to know
– about the church, about owning a dairy in Lunar in the 1860s, and about his wives and
children – to the extent you can discern this.
Author information
Please provide a one or two sentence summary of yourself, e.g., Maggie Limb, resident
of Hillside, KY, is researching the Grinches, Mordicorts, Loops and Fundlebys in KY, CA,
and PA. mlimb@genepool.com.
Deadlines
Deadlines are the 10th of the month in: January, April, July, October.
Copyright
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signed article should be obtained directly from the author and Ancestors West should be
acknowledged in the reprint. Unsigned material may be reprinted without permission
provided Ancestors West is given credit. Responsibility for accuracy of material submitted
lies with the author.
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Editing: David Petry, Helen Rydell
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Mailing: Helen Rydell, Mary E. Hall, Dorothy Oksner, Cari Thomas
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