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Saturday, November 29, 2008

More about "Mr. Parade"

Thanks to Terry Thornton (The Graveyard Rabbit Founder) for showing such interest in my post, "Mr. Parade" about Edward Joseph Kinney. Intrigued as he was, he researched a bit and found more information on Ed on Find a Grave. I decided to follow up on his information and found something intriguing.

Sometime after 1972 Mr. Kinney became mayor of Pleasanton! The smiley face became his political symbol. This information really sparked an interest in me as I had a relative who was also a mayor of Pleasanton! My relative was a first cousin once removed. I wonder if they knew each other? I found them both on the same list, "Community Service Award Recipients" 1964-2007. Mr. Kinney was in 1987 and my relative was listed in 1986. I will be doing more research on this! In fact as soon as I finish this post I will be emailing another relative to dig for info.

In 2004 an award was named after Ed, "The Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award". It is awarded to individuals and organizations who showed citizen and community involvement with top notch work.

A couple of years ago it looks like the Amador Livermore Historical Society did a series entitled, "The Ed Kinney Lecture Series," which in part I know was focused on the pioneers interred in Pleasanton. A day late and a dollar short. I would have loved to be a part of that series, if only they would have a repeat!

I learned the Pleasanton Hotel's balcony was dedicated in the name of Mr. Kinney. This dedication was done about three and a half years ago.

Apparently Mr. Kinney was known for making people feel comfortable and was quite the one with jokes. He was very well liked. It is no wonder the smiley face was his political symbol.

And the "Mr. Parade" on his marker? He was nicknamed that because he announced so many of parades that went through the city!

Graveyard Rabbits "Bury of Rabbits"

I just spent time updating the "Bury of Rabbit's" on the right in my blog list. My but the list has grown! I suggest you check it out and read other rabbit's blogs also, there are many very interesting blogs about cemeteries!

A little over a month since the inception of the Graveyard Rabbits, there are well over 350 articles written for your enjoyment. You will find many interesting photos, markers, traditions, cemeteries, news and information on these blogs.

I am honored to be a Graveyard Rabbit and part of this wonderful association! The articles that have been written thus far are extremely interesting and well done. I urge you to spend some time exploring some of these other blogs also!

Great job rabbits!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Mr. Parade"

On one of my ventures out on a cemetery visit I hopped on over to Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery. I have passed this cemetery many times in the last 20 years and never knew it was there. It sets on a main road going towards the outskirts of Pleasanton. There is a small driveway, which is difficult to see unless you know it is there. With brush along the side of the road for quite a stretch, you do not expect to see a cemetery entrance here. There isn't any sign of "life" in the general vicinity. Although the cemetery isn't visible from the street it is a perfect place for a cemetery. With address in hand I drove past the cemetery, missed it the first time around. Almost missed it the second time around also, however there were some maintenance trucks by the entrance and that caught my eye. The grounds crew were working on the entrance and actually had the main sign blocked so I couldn't get a good picture of it. But I found the entrance and drove up a little hill into the cemetery.I took a stroll through the grounds and knew it had been through some changes. It was a nice, warm, pretty day in California but the cemetery struck me as old and sad. Sad simply because it was a cemetery and seemed so lonely. But more on the cemetery at a later date, for now I want to share a specific headstone. Carrying the feeling of real sadness as I was walking through, I happened to cross this headstone, and it gave me such a smile!"Mr. Parade!" Edward Joseph Kinney, December 1, 1937 ~ April 29, 2005. And a smiley face! I think this man was a very happy person. But what convinced me all the more was when I looked at the back side of the headstone and saw this...I am sure "Smilin' Ed" brought much happiness to those who knew him. Even after his passing he brought a smile to at least one strangers face, mine.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery

I grew up in the area of this cemetery and can remember feeling it was a very erie place. We drove past it many times, the side of it is on a main street. During my younger years, it seemed very dark and dreary, although I am sure just knowing it was a cemetery had a lot to do with that feeling.

I have passed this cemetery a few times during my adult years, the weeds were so very overgrown and the place was a mess. I had heard that kids used to party in the cemetery. As bad as the weeds were the last time I was by and the fact that the cemetery was now fenced in, led me to believe it had be awhile since there had been any parties on this property. 

I had never actually walked through the cemetery before, so on the day I chose to visit I was a little apprehensive as to what I may find. I did find a big rot iron fence around the cemetery, and in order to get into the cemetery you had to go across the street to get the key. It just so happened that tree trimmers were in the cemetery trimming trees and the gate was open. I read the signs, here is the first:

It says:



The second sign was very appropriate for what I saw. The cemetery had been worked on and was getting cleaned up! What a difference since I had seen it last.

The Hayward Area Historical Society was playing a part in the renovation of the cemetery. They offer tours, information and a phone number for anyone who cares to be a part of the historic renovation.

As the gates were open this day, I asked if it was ok to view the cemetery, I was told sure. Next time I post on this cemetery, I will share with you my tour.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Memorials for our Armed Forces

This area at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward is a memorial for our armed forces. First an overall view-

Next a closer view of the eagle and the plaque on the pillar-

The Army-

The Marine Corps-

The Air Force-

The Coast Guard-

The Navy-

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Don't Believe It Was Named After This Tree

This was a beautiful view inside the Lone Tree Cemetery, in Hayward. I could have taken a better picture,it really isn't very straight, however I think you can get the jest of it. This large tree on the hill, I don't believe this is the tree I spoke of in my previous post. The tree I spoke of is the tree the cemetery was named after. I have seen a picture of the tree, and it doesn't look anything like the beautiful one on the hill here. I would need to speak with someone at the cemetery to find out which tree is "THE TREE." I will work on that for a future post.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Lone Tree Cemetery and it's Legend

As promised I visited Lone Tree Cemetery recently. Now I know I had posted that this cemetery was listed as "haunted". I visited during the day so I really can't give an objective view regarding if it is "haunted." My view of this cemetery is that it has the most gorgeous settings! Pictures will be posted in the future.

This posting however is to give you a little history on this cemetery. This cemetery has a legend. The basic story goes something like this ~

A few hundred years ago a young Spanish couple came riding through the area and stopped to eat at an old hacienda where many travelers stopped for room and board. After their lunch, they took off on fresh horses towards and area called LONE TREE. This was the only tree seen for miles from this wide open area.

Hours later an old Spaniard came to the same hacienda looking for the young couple, he claimed to be the girls father. The owner of the hacienda pointed him in the direction of LONE TREE, and the old Spaniard took off in that direction.

A few hours later the old Spaniard came back by the hacienda and said his good byes, he was heading back to his home in New Mexico. As night fell the owner became leery as the young couple hadn't returned for their nights stay at the hacienda. Morning came and they still hadn't returned. The owner sent some men out to look for the young man and his bride, surprisingly finding them flat on the ground side by side, both shot. The old Spaniard didn't approve of the two eloping and saw to settling the situation in his own way, and went on home.

The tragedy of the romance stirred a few men. They acquired several acres of land and choose to make the area where the young couple were found a cemetery. The couple was found by the LONE TREE, therefore the cemetery was named the "Lone Tree Cemetery."

The cemetery has had other trees planted on it's site since this time, and lawn has been added. The original "Lone Tree" however is still on the site!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Looses Bishop

Bishop Floyd L. Begin died in 1977 and was buried in Hayward at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. I was at this cemetery recently taking pictures. If I had known what was up and coming I would have found where he was, and made sure to take of a picture of his resting place. We rabbits however can't always know everything.

Bishop Floyd L. Begin was from Cleveland, Ohio and was the founding Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland on January 27, 1962.

When Bishop Floyd L. Begin passed away he was interred in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery where he rested for thirty one years.

A new cathedral has recently been built in Oakland by Lake Merritt. This cathedral opened about a month ago.

Yesterday, Sunday, Bishop Floyd L. Begin was moved from Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and taken to the new cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Light. 

You can read the full fascinating story here: