Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sentimental Sunday: Uncle Walt Pape, 1900-1975

The photo above is 59 years old - it is from the June 19, 1954 wedding of my godparents, Paul Robert "Bob" Pape Jr. (1926-2008) and Dolores Frances Olker (1929-2005).   Seated at the table are, from left, my great aunt Martha Elisabeth Pape Bleidt (1890-1980), my aunt Marilyn Pape Hedger, my great uncle Leo John "Lee" Pape (1893-1979), my great uncle Walter Francis "Walt" Pape (1900-1975), and my mother, Geraldine Guokas Pape, who at that time was engaged to my dad, Frederick Henry Pape.

I have not written about Uncle Walt before, so I am going to use this post to do that.

Walter Francis Pape was born August 2, 1900, in Illinois, probably in Chicago.  His parents, John Pape (1851-1945) and Gertrude Kramer Pape (1859-1919), and his six older siblings, were living at 1072 (now 1943) Lawndale Avenue in Chicago while father John was a merchant at nearby Senge & Pape Dry Goods at 889 (now 3060) Armitage. This is according to the 1900 Census, taken on June 15, 1900.

Walter was baptized on August 12, 1900, at nearby  St. Philomena Catholic Church in Chicago.  His godfather was  Francis "Frank" J. Senge, John Pape's business partner, and this may be the source for Walter's middle name.

By 1904, the Pape family was back at their home at 1043 Sherman Avenue in Evanston (rented out while they were living in Chicago).  The family attended St. Nicholas Catholic Church, and Walter went to the school there.  On April 22, 1911, Walter received his First Communion, and he was confirmed on May 10, 1914.  He took Robert as his Confirmation name, and his sponsor was Joseph A. Reis, the father of Gretchen Anna Reis, who later became his oldest brother Lee Pape's wife.

On September 12, 1918, Walter registered for the draft for World War I.  His registration card notes that he is a student at Northwestern University in Evanston.  On October 5, he enlisted in the Army, but he was released a little over a month later, on November 14, with the end of the war.

On the 1920 Census, Walter is living with his widowed father and older siblings at 1043 Sherman.  He is still there in a 1925 Evanston city directory, and his occupation is listed as teller with City National Bank.  On the 1930 Census, he is living with his single siblings Rhea and Dick in an apartment at 6319 N. Sacramento Avenue off Devon in north Chicago, and his occupation is bank clerk.

He was still in Chicago in 1935, and on the 1940 Census, he is living with his widowed father and brother Dick in an apartment at 3648 N. Hoyne Avenue in Chicago, just around the corner from his sister Martha Pape Bleidt and her family.  His occupation is listed as office clerk with a real estate company.

He is not at this address in a 1945 Chicago directory.  According to my dad, later in his life, Uncle Walt went to live with his brother Lee, who was widowed in 1947, at Lee's house in Wilmette.

The next record I have for Uncle Walt is for his death, on December 28, 1975.  It shows him living at 4915 N. Damen in Chicago at that time.   He is buried in the family plot at St. Henry Cemetery in Chicago.  Uncle Walt died intestate, and I have copies of the probate records.  He left a rather large estate that went to his surviving siblings, Martha, Rhea, and Lee, and the five children (my dad and his siblings) of his deceased brother Paul.

Walt never married, but my dad said he was in love with a woman named Marian Udelhofen who died young.  Marian was a friend of my grandmother Elizabeth Massmann Pape, and she was my father's godmother.

I found some records for a Marian Udelhofen, born February 8, 1904, which was just a little over a year after my grandmother's birth.  Marian lived at 1962 Morse Avenue in 1910, 1920, and 1930, and Elizabeth lived just down the street at 1938 Morse in 1910 and 1920 (and later on, she lived at nearby 2093 Lunt in 1930 and 1940. In 1930, John Pape lived around the block from Marian at 1949 Lunt.

I also found Marian's tombstone at St. Henry Cemetery.  She died in 1939 at age 35.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday's Faces from the Past: Mom in the 7th Grade, 1940-41

 At the top of  this post is my mother Geraldine Guokas Pape's 7th-grade class photo from St. Joseph's Catholic School in Houston, Texas, taken at the front doors of the church.  Above is a closeup of my mother from that photo, and at right is her report card from that school year.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Mom in the 5th Grade

The photo at the beginning of this post is my mother Geraldine Guokas Pape's fifth grade class at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Houston, Texas.  Above is an enlargement showing just my mom, and at left is her report card from the year.

The class photo was taken April 13, 1939, by Babyland Studio.  According to a 1945 Houston city directory (page 112), that studio was owned by Mrs. Lois G. Schlueter in 1945.  She was the wife of noted Houston photographer Frank J. Schlueter.  The 1945 Babyland Home Portrait Studio is at the same address, 3617 Main, as the Schlueter Home Portrait Studio in at least 1936 through 1942 (in the directories I could find online).  Some of the photographs of people in the Schlueter Photograph Collection in the Houston Area Digital Archives are marked "Babyland Studio," or are of other school groups from a similar time period and are marked in similar handwriting to my mother's class photo above

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sentimental Sunday Houses, Fredericksburg, Texas

More than 100 Sunday houses were built in Fredericksburg, and many of them are still around. A Sunday house was a small house built in town by a rural family, to be used when they came into town for Sunday church services.  Often the family would come into town early Saturday morning for market, and perhaps a social event that afternoon or evening.  They'd sleep in the simple house, which was often one room with a lean-to kitchen and a sleeping loft for the children upstairs.  The house might also be used when a family member needed to be in town for a length of time, such as for business or medical care.  Sometimes the Sunday house became the home of a retired farmer/rancher after passing on his larger property to a grown child.

Sometimes there was an outside staircase to the sleeping loft, as you can see in the Knopp and Crenwelge houses pictured below.  A smaller house, like the Loeffler-Weber or Weber house (also below), might simply use a ladder to get to that loft.

While some of these houses are used as residences, today many are guest houses, museums, or places of business.  All of the ones pictured below are on the west end of town, within walking distance of my parents' home or of the bed and breakfast where we normally stay when we visit them.
Johann Joseph Knopp House, 309 W. Schubert at Milam.
The historic marker reads:  "Built of native stone in 1871, soon after Knopp and his wife Katherina (Stein) came to America. From Germany they traveled six weeks by clipper ship to Indianola and by oxcart to Fredericksburg. They bought this homesite for $70 in gold. Knopp was a stonemason; family farm, a mile from this home, was worked by the wife and children. (Of the 15 children born to the Knopps, nine reached adulthood.) House, restored in 1939, was extensively remodeled in 1968. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1971."  There is a second marker just below the first that says, "In 1939, Fredericksburg's historical preservation era was opened when architect Albert Keidel restored this house.  Later (1968) remodeling was done by Mrs. Marschall D. Altgelt, a member of the family of the city's founder, John O. Meusebach."

Christian Crenwelge Place, 312 W. Schubert at Milam (across the street from the Knopp House).
The historic marker reads, "A native of Germany, Christian Crenwelge migrated to this area in 1854 and worked as a farmer and cabinetmaker. At a sheriff's land sale in 1872 he bought this property located across the street [diagonally] from his home [at 307 W. Schubert]. For a short time he operated a molasses press here. The Victorian style Sunday house was constructed about 1903. Crenwelge sold this residence and his homestead after the death of his wife in 1906. 
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1979."

Vogel Sunday House, 418 W. Austin St.
The historical marker reads, "In the 1880s German immigrant Christian Vogel (1824-1889) built the left half of this structure to house his family while in town for Saturday trading and Sunday church services. His son Amandus (1854-1898) and daughter-in-law Elizabeth (Weber) (1857-1944) added the right half and covered it with pressed tin at the turn of the century. It was used as a Sunday House by Elizabeth until her death and remained in the family until 1947. 
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1982."  And yes, this house belonged to kin of the owners of  Vogel Orchards.

Loeffler-Weber House, 508 W. Main 
The historical marker reads, "Log room and loft were built by German emigrant Gerhard Rorig as his home in first winter of Fredericksburg's existence, 1846-47. Noted cabinetmaker Johann Martin Loeffler added typical rock and half-timber rooms and cooking fireplace, 1867; his son-in-law, J. Charles Weber, in 1905 restored the southeast lean-to. For Loeffler-Weber family, this was home or Sunday house for 90 years.  Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1971." On a plate added near the base: "Restored 1964 by Mr. and Mrs. George A. Hill, III - Consultant: Albert Keidel, Architectural Designer."

Weber Sunday House, on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum, off Milam near Main Street.
It was built by August Weber in 1904, with no electricity or running water, for the family's weekly 7-mile trips into town.  The main cabin is 16' by 20'.
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday's Faces From the Past: Picking Peaches near Fredericksburg, 1998

Fredericksburg, Texas, and the surrounding areas in Gillespie County, are known for their peaches.  On a visit in July 1998, I took the offspring to a pick-your-own farm, where we picked peaches and vegetables (green beans and black-eyed peas).  It was probably at Marburger Orchards, which has been around for 34 years.

Usually when we visit Fredericksburg between May and August, we get peaches from Vogel Orchards, which is actually in nearby Stonewall.  Carolyn Vogel was a senior and a friend when I was a freshman at Texas A&M, and this is her family's farm.  Although they are not U-pick, they have an easily accessible stand right on Highway 290 on the road into Fredericksburg.

Most years, my parents drive the 11 miles out to Vogel's numerous times through the season.  Some people consider the early-season (usually ripe in May) cling peach varieties (so called because the fruit clings to the stone), such as Bicentennial, to be more difficult to eat, but Dad says they are juicier.  Semi-freestone peaches (less "clingy"), like Sentinel, are available in early June.  Freestone peaches (where the stone separates easily from the fruit), such as my parents' favorite Lorings, are available late June and into July, while other freestone varieties such as Dixiland are available into early August.

I have to admire these farmers, suffering the ups and downs from season to season due to the vagaries of the weather.  This year a combination of a late freeze and hailstorms in May means very few peaches are available throughout the state, not just in Fredericksburg. Growers are hopeful that more rain this spring will help the peach trees in the long run.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Those Places Thursday: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Fredericksburg, Texas

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, Texas, has been my parents' parish church for the past 20 years. It has a gorgeous interior with intricate painting, wooden pews, and lovely commemorative stained glass windows were installed in 1906 and 1914–17.
[Interior "New"] Saint Mary's Catholic Church Fredericksburg Texas by Jim Crotty [26 March 2013] / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

["New"] St. Mary's Catholic Church (Fredericksburg, Texas) [10 January 2010] / Christoph Müller ( / CC BY 3.0

[Old St. Mary's] Catholic Church [10 June 2005] / MyEyeSees / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
This current church was built in 1906 and is on the National Register of Historic Sites.  The "old" church, Die Alte Kirche or Marienkirche, pictured in the foreground at right, was built in 1863.  Limestone for its foundation and two-foot-thick walls was quarried in Comfort, Texas, while soapstone for the floors came from nearby Willow City, and wood for the roof came from Bastrop.

The interior (pictured below) is simple, with lovely blue stained glass in the windows fitting for a church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is still used for special occasions today, including Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

[Interior Old ] St Mary's Church Fredericksburg [15 April 2008] / Celeste / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Vereins Kirche Museum, Fredericksburg, TX [12-07] / Franklin B. Thompson / CC BY-NC 2.0
When the settlers first arrived in 1846, Catholics and Protestants shared the Vereins-Kirche (Society Church), the first public building in town.  It was nicknamed the Kaffeemühle (coffee mill) for its octagonal shape.  A replica, pictured at left, is located in the Marktplatz, near its original location in the middle of Main Street.  The Catholics built their own church in 1848-50, on the site of  today's Marienkirche.

St. Mary's Parish has also operated a Catholic school since 1856.  In 1924, a high school was constructed, with the impressive motto pictured below at the top of its tall columns.  Although the high school closed in 1975, the building still houses grades 3-8 of the school.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Fredericksburg Maibaum

A German “Maibaum” (Maypole) tells the history of a town through the vignettes you see from bottom to top. A tall pole, usually painted blue and white in Bavarian villages, is typically put up for May Day (May 1st), and is often used as frameworks for symbols of the villages’ histories, points of interest, or signs indicating local craftsmen’s guilds. The Fredericksburg Maibaum was erected in 1991 in the downtown Marktplatz to symbolize the history of Fredericksburg, which was founded in May 1846.

Here's what the various symbols on Fredericksburg's Maibaum mean:

Maypole [Fredericksburg TX 2/11/2008] / John W. Schulze / CC BY 2.0
1 (top).  Tree branches represent the burr oak, a species noted for its height and strong, practical wood.

2.  Local landmarks Cross Mountain and the Vereins Kirche.

3.  More local landmarks, a Sunday House and the Nimitz Hotel.

4.  How the German settlers got here:  by ship and by oxcart.

5.  Cattle, sheep, and goats play a big part in the local economy, then and now.

6.  So does hunting (deer and turkey).

7.  Farmers here grow peaches and grapes.

8.  Cowboy and dancers - settlers working and celebrating

9 (bottom).  March 2, 1847 peace negotiations between Comanche tribes and the German pioneers.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: J. W. Fritz, Fredericksburg, Texas

A couple weekends ago, I was in Fredericksburg, Texas, visiting my parents.  Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by German settlers. We stayed at a bed and breakfast that is about half a mile from St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery (the second one, founded in 1875; the first one, established in 1860 and called the Old Catholic or St. Mary's Pioneer Cemetery, is another half mile north).  I decided to check for any photo requests for this cemetery
One request was for the tombstone of William John Fritz, 1850-1907, also known as J. Wilhelm Fritz, J. W. Fritz, and John William Fritz.  I found him right where he was supposed to be, in Section B, Row 12, Space 4:

Some additional research at and turned up the following information:

William John "Wilhelm" Fritz was born July 29, 1850,in Breitenau, Hessen-Nassau, Preußen, Germany, the second child of Johann Fritz (1824-1864) and Catharina "Katherine" Knopp (1824-1896). According to page 28-29 of the second volume of Pioneers in God's Hills: Stories and Biographies of the Brave Men and Courageous Women Who Sought Homes and Peace in the Fertile Valleys Among the Hills of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, William Fritz emigrated to Texas in 1853 with his parents and older brother Peter, sailing on the Franklin from Hamburg on September 21, 1853. They reached Fredericksburg by December 24, 1853.  A daughter and five more sons were born in Texas, and another daughter who died in infancy.

In 1855, Johann Fritz built a two-story limestone house, facing west) with an outside stairwell in the 100 block of North Milam, just off Main Street (I don't think this house is still standing).  Fritz was a blacksmith, and he made nails for the roof and benches, rain gutters, and helped cut and lay the soapstone floor of the first ("Old") St. Mary's Catholic Church, completed in 1863.  The following year, Johann Fritz died after being kicked in the head by a horse, when William was only 14.  He and his older brother Peter helped care for their mother and younger siblings.

On November 18, 1873, William married Maria Elizabetha Roeder (1857-18??), the Texas-born daughter of Fredericksburg German immigrants Jacob (1812-1867) and Margaretha Munter Roeder (1811-1878). They had at least three sons.  According to some sources,  Maria Elisabetha apparently died a couple weeks after giving birth to daughter Clara, who also died and is supposedly buried with her.

On June 13, 1881, William married Therese/TheresiaTheresa Marie Brinkrolf (1858-1928), also a Texas-born daughter of Fredericksburg German immigrants Christoff (1799-1883) and Catharina Becker Brinkholf (1824-1887).  They had at least six children.

William died on December 13, 1907, near Tivydale, Texas (near Fredericksburg) of "paralysis of the heart."

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Military Monday: Admiral Nimitz Museum, Fredericksburg, Texas

Nimitz Hotel & Museum, 20 September 2011 / Mike Fisher / CC BY 2.0
The Admiral Nimitz Museum, pictured at left, is the entry to the National Museum of the Pacific War, a complex spreading over six acres and nearly two full city blocks in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas.  It is the only institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in World War II. 

The original Admiral Nimitz Museum was established in 1968 in the former Nimitz Hotel, established in 1855 by the grandfather of World War II Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (1885-1966), a Fredericksburg native.  Its distinctive Missisippi River steamboat facade (with a hurricane deck, pilothouse, and crow’s nest), added in the 1870s, is a landmark on Main Street.  I've been to this fabulous museum at least three times, but there is always something new to discover there.
Dad (above) and Eric (below) in the Pacific Combat Zone, a unique indoor/outdoor exhibit featuring restored WWII military vehicles and weaponry, situated in replicated docks, entrenchments, and beachheads, at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Left:  View of the 20mm gun deck and conning tower of the Pintado (SS-387) submarine, March 1995.   
Center & right:  Panels for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Richard Nixon in the Plaza of Presidents.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Father's Day, Dad!

My dad, Frederick Henry Pape, and me, 1958, probably in Houston, Texas.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday's Faces from the Past: Dad At Cross Mountain, Fredericksburg, Texas

My parents' home in Fredericksburg, Texas, is near the base of Cross Mountain on the north side of town.  In fact, it's close enough to walk to and up the mountain, as Dad and I did shortly after they moved there, in September 1993.  In the photo at left, you can see the "back" side of the cross, which has lights that are turned on at night (as pictured above).

Below right is how the other side of the cross looks during the day,  and at left is the historical marker for Kreuzberg or Cross Mountain.

   Orange Cross / Tom Haymes /   CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Cross Mountain is also a Texas State Antiquities (formerly Archeological) Landmark.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Those Places Thursday: Mom & Dad's House in Fredericksburg, Texas

When my dad retired in 1993, my parents were living in Lancaster, Texas.  Dad's company had transferred him there in 1985, but after 27 years in Houston, it didn't feel like home.  They did not want to go back to Houston, though, either - it had gotten too big since Mom's childhood there.

We spent a lot of wonderful vacations in the Texas Hill Country.  Mom & Dad had some other friends from Houston that had retired in Fredericksburg, so they decided to go there as well.  They found a vacant lot in an established neighborhood in town and had a custom home built there, moving in around September 1993.

Theirs was one of the first homes in Fredericksburg to be xeriscaped.  People used to drive by just to take a look at the landscaping, and now a number of homes in Fredericksburg are xeriscaped.  The front yard (pictured above) features sage and a desert willow.

The backyard does have a bit of grass, and they've also added a gazebo and storage shed.  They also have some beautiful drought-tolerant trees as well, such as Chinese pistache and Mexican plum.  At right is the view from the back porch, a pleasant place to be early in the morning, with its wind chimes and hummingbird feeder.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: My Parents' Magnets Collected During Their Travels

This is just some of them, in the utility room in their home in Fredericksburg, Texas.  One tray includes Texas travels (bottom left), one is from their trip to Australia and New Zealand some years ago (bottom center), another is from various trips to Canada (bottom right), and multiple trays (top row) cover the USA.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Wendelin Mittel, Fredericksburg, Texas, Pioneer

This past weekend, I was in Fredericksburg, Texas, visiting my parents.  Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by German settlers. We stayed at a bed and breakfast that is about half a mile from St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery (the second one, founded in 1875; the first one, established in 1860 and called the Old Catholic or St. Mary's Pioneer Cemetery, is another half mile north).  I decided to check for any photo requests for this cemetery

One request was for the tombstone of Wendelin Mittel. Some additional research at turned up the following information:

Mittel was born September 14, 1812, in Baden, Germany. He arrived in 1846 in Galveston, Texas.  According to an 1867 voter registration list, he apparently came to Gillespie County (Fredericksburg is the county seat) immediately, as the voter registration list indicates that he had resided in both the county and the state 21 years at that point). 

Mittel is on the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses in Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas, with his wife Mary (Maria) Anna (1807-1886). His occupation is listed as wood chopper on the 1850 census, and as a farmer on subsequent censuses. He died January 8, 1883, in Gillespie County, and is buried in Section A (the oldest section), Row 8, Space 12 of St. Mary's Cemetery.

Compared to some other tombstones in this section, his is in pretty good shape.  The ivy vines and clasped hands are symbols for friendship or immortality and "farewell" respectively.  The inscription reads:
Hier ruht

which translates to

Here rests
on 14 Sept. 1812.
on 8 Jan. 1883.
Mittel's wife Maria Anna Bladt Fries Mittel (1806/7-1886) was supposed to be buried near him, in Section A, Row 7, Space 3, but I could not find a marker.  As you can see from the photo above, some spaces are empty - if there are graves there, they never had a marker or the marker is long gone.

Maria's first husband was Johann (John) Fries, (1799-1846), whose gravesite is unknown.  He died shortly after arriving in Texas from Germany, and Wendelin married his widow.  Two children are listed as living with them on the 1850 census, Joseph Fries (1839-1864) and Mary Anna Fries Pehl (1840-1906).  Another son, Jacob Fries (1835-1918), had apparently been left with a doctor somewhere between Indianola and Fredericksburg when they arrived in 1846 as he was too sick to make the journey.  He eventually moved to Gillespie County.

Wendelin and Maria apparently had no children of their own, but took in other relatives and orphans over the years. Wilhelm (age 15), Josephine (age 11), and Mathilde (age 9) Burg are listed as living with them on the 1870 census, and Mathilde is still with them in 1880, listed as an orphan.  Also living with them in 1880 was Wendelin's nephew Wilhelm (William) Mittel (1866-1940), son of Wendelin's brother William Mittel (1822-1868), who had immigrated in 1854.  The latter's wife, Margaretha Wueth Deckel Mittel (ABT 1838-1884), also could not be found in this cemetery - she was supposed to be in Section A, Row 8, Plot 6, but I could not find a marker.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Grandpa Guokas on Election Night, November 8, 1960

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Ewald, Alma, and Albert Pape

Above are the markers for my relatives, the architect Ewald Theodore Pape, his wife Alma D. Albert, and their son Albert Ewald Theodore, at Forest Lawn Cemetery - Glendale in Los Angeles County, California.  They are located in spaces 22131, 22132, and 22133 respectively in the Sanctuary of Worship wing on the lower level of the Freedom Mausoleum.  Apparently a lot of Hollywood stars are located in this mausoleum and throughout the cemetery as well.

The photos above, as well as the photo at left of the Sanctuary of Worship, are courtesy James R. Mason via

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Birthday, Eric! (yesterday)

Eric and me, summer of 1986
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