Thursday, July 3, 2014

Two Handsome Men

Thanks to Cheryl Blakely for this photo

Two Uncle Davids; David Jewett Crabtree, Jr.(1928-1974) on the left; and David S. Blakely (1924-2010) on the right. David Blakely's daughter, my cousin Cheryl Blakely, estimates the date to be 1946-47. They were good men and I loved them so much when I was growing up. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Aunt Faith and Uncle David Blakely

L to R: Bill Young, Grace Bertram Young (David's niece, daughter of his sister Elise),
Faith Crabtree Blakely, David Blakely,
David Jewett Crabtree, Jr., (Faith's brother)
and Charles Blakely (brother of David Blakely)
1 Dec 1946
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Blakely (who thinks this might have been a double wedding)

One of the places I wanted to visit on our recent trip to California was the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery so that I could locate and photograph the graves of my Aunt Faith Crabtree and Uncle David Blakely. 

It was a day that combined a quiet rural setting and recollections of some of my favorite people ever, with the use of some high tech tools  After we did some pre-trip exploration online, the location of the cemetery was entered into our iPhones, which made the drive there from our hotel in Santa Nella simple and direct.


 Once we arrived we found ourselves far away from the sounds of the highway. It was a beautiful and tranquil place.


   

You can get an idea of the size of those hills by the little dots of cattle grazing near the top. The only sounds were of birds and the occasional cow calling out. 

At the visitor center



A place for ceremonies


We had previously looked up the location of the graves, Section 10--Site 1012, on the website, but there was also a kiosk at the visitor center for looking up locations and displaying maps. 


I wanted to show the view in either direction from the gravesite; looking north...

...and looking south


Although she was always "Faith" to us, my aunt's name was sometimes given as "Faith Muriel," and as "Muriel Evelyn"






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