Abandoned Building South of Cedar Creek, Utah
I found myself driving home from Utah a couple of weeks ago and I decided to take the less trodden path. As such, I stumbled on this old abandoned building a couple miles south of the abandoned town of Cedar Creek, Utah.
I thought the pending storm and the distant Salt Lake made for a compelling picture.
I am writing some history on my Grand Uncle Irwin Jonas who gave his life shortly after D-Day. I do not have a picture of his tombstone and I hoped to grab one this past weekend. Let me tell you how disgusted I am with the condition of his tombstone! This is in the Richmond, Cache, Utah city cemetery.
Here is a picture from 2009 of his tombstone. Even the markings on the stone at that time show a complete disregard by the caretakers regarding driving over the stone and scratching it, very likely with their mower. Notice how the top right corner is chipped and I am willing to bet it is from the same activity that marked it. This grave stone was in good shape only a few years before this photo was taken and these were new markings at the time. Unfortunately I cannot find that circa 2004 photo at this time. Of course I complained to city offices.
It is quite apparent my complaint to the city offices fell on deaf ears. Here is a picture of the same grave in 2014!
Notice that the top of the stone is nearly all chipped away! It is bad enough that portions of the cross on his stone have also chipped away. Also, look at the nice king/bend in the American Legion marker on the top left of the picture. This shows a complete disregard for the property of another and a disrespect for the dead and their family for which the stone represents. This is a man who fought to protect Americans and died in France about a month after D-Day. He was not buried until February 1948, nearly four years after he died in battle. This is the grave of a veteran who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Richmond is a fiduciary, a trustee, of these stones and must treat them with full respect and accord. I cannot imagine this is allowed in many other cities in Cache County, not from my personal experience in most of the other cemeteries. Somebody needs be held accountable for this damage.
I walked through the cemetery quickly in the space of about an hour and documented many more failures by Richmond in their care and maintenance of this grave. It extends beyond just markings and chipping of markers which I will document at another post. The members of the cemetery district should be held accountable. The City of Richmond should hold them accountable, the taxpayers in this cemetery district should hold them accountable, and someone should put together a class action lawsuit to pay for these damages. I would happily sign on. Does the City of Richmond not see what is going on in their own cemetery district? Inasmuch as the City of Richmond is condoning this activity, the mayor and council-members should also be held accountable. Not only should anyone responsible be voted out or removed from office, there should be personal liability for the damages. This is quite frankly disgusting. Shame on Richmond City.
Amanda, Aliza, and Hiram
Here is what makes Father’s Day worth Father’s Day! Thanks to my great little family.
Ivan Coley, Rulon McMurdie, Albert Wakley, and Jess Holmes
EMPLOYEE RETIRES – Albert Wakely, second from the right, a Buhl city employee for the past 19 years, retired Thursday of last week at the age of 65 years and in recognition of his great loyalty and longtime work on the city crew, his fellow employees held a coffee hour in his honor at the city hall and presented him with a gift of a jacket. Albert will receive social security benefits as well as payments from the State Employees Retirement fund. He plans to do a lot of fishing, his favorite sport, in his retirement. Pictured with Albert above are Ivan Coley and Rulon McMurdie, two fellow-workers at the left, and Jess Holmes, city maintenance superintendent on the right. (Buhl Herald staff photo).
As you can see this photo has the date Dec 7th 1967 written on it.
A clipping in the collection of Colleen Coley Todd.
Ivan Stephen Coley (1912-1994)
James Rulon McMurdie (1912-1993)
Albert Nathan Wakley (1902 – 1982), I know, the name appears to be misspelled in the newspaper article, poor guy.
Jesse Charles Holmes (1906-1987)
Milo and Aliza Ross, Great Grandfather and Great Granddaughter
Today I want to share two photos of Grandpa Ross and Aliza. Grandpa was 92 then, but he was sure playing with two year old Aliza this day. The generations can easily connect. As you can see from the photo she was enjoying it. He was too.
When it came time to say good-bye she was more than happy to give him a great big kiss. He was happy to receive.
Stepping back into what only seems yesterday but in reality is 11 years, here is a photograph of the roommates at Dentist Office #6 on Darwin Avenue in Logan, Cache, Utah on 17 October 2003. Matjaž Marinčič had come to visit from Slovenia and stayed for a few nights. With the new-found friendships, we snapped a picture. Mark had visited Llubljana where Matjaž is from and it is from that friendship that he came to visit. Good times.
(l-r) Lane Blake, Matjaz Marincic, Brad Hales, Tyler Elison, Mark Morris, Sam Allred, Paul Ross
I was reading a newspaper article this week and it referenced St Pancras Station in London. It made me think about the last time I was there in 2008. Here is an impromptu picture Amanda took on that occasion. Here you can see a shot of the famed Barlow trainshed.
St Pancras Station’s Barlow Trainshed.
I believe I had just enjoyed a steak and potato pasty and we were were on our way to find one of the draws of St Pancras besides just catching a train. Amanda just had to find this location before we boarded our next train.
Amanda pushing her cart onto platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter fame
This was just an extra. We were really there to hop on the Eurostar to go to the Continent. We caught the train and I slept all the way to Lille, France due to a little jet lag.
This picture we snapped on the walk between Gare de Lille-Europe to Gare de Lille-Flandres on Av. le Corbusier. I looked it up on Google Maps and boy, the route has changed since this photo was taken. As you can tell, it was a dismal day we were there with plenty of green. Not so much anymore, much more urban now!
Av. le Corbusier looking at Gare de Lille-Flandres.
We did not take any pictures in Gare de Lille-Flandres, I remember it being quite impressive. Look it up online. Or, I guess we will have to go back.
We did take one more picture at Gare de Lille-Flandres. You can see it here and our funny take of it at the time.