Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fire!

Fire
Photo by Maret

As I looked through some of my Great Grandfather’s, Abe Gunzendorfer, photos today, I came across a few which are important to the history of the Monterey Fire Department.  As I learned from Abe’s obituary, “in 1891, he organized the first hook and ladder company in Monterey and was later made a member for life of the Monterey fire department, an honor of which he was very proud.”  [Monterey Peninsula Herald, May 4, 1944].  What a great honor – I can imagine he was proud!

On March 4, 1915, a twenty fifth anniversary celebration was held and Abe took a photo to commemorate the day.

Monterey Fire Dept 25 anniversary 3_4_1915

I just love that he wrote on the back of the photo so I knew what the the event was!

Monterey Fire Dept back

I think it says that A.B. Gunzendorfer (Abe) and M.S. Perry fostered and managed the celebration.  Fostered?  Is that right?

A few things to note in the picture.

Monterey Fire Dept 25 anniversary 3_4_1915 Gunzendorfer Parker

The flag on the wall is backwards.  Is that because of the film?  The flags to the left on poles seem to be correct.

William E. Parker is circled in green.  I’m pretty sure that’s Ferdinand Gunzendorfer (my 2nd great grandfather, Abe’s father) circled in lavender.  What do you think?

Monterey Fire Dept 25 anniversary Gunzendorfer Gunzendorfer Ferdinand cropped
Close up of photo above
Ferdinand Gunzendorfer


The Monterey Fire Department began serving the citizens of Monterey in 1882 when the first brigade was established by a group of citizens.  William E. Parker, born January 17 1865, joined the fire department in 1888 in Hose Company No. 1.  On March 4, 1890, he was named chief of the department – so the anniversary celebration was held exactly 25 years later.  Chief Parker was recognized as the nation’s longest actively serving chief with 52 years of service [Monterey Fire Department, by Mike Ventimiglia] – he didn’t retire until 1942!

The July 7, 1892 edition of the Monterey New Era reported…
At a meeting of the fire department Sunday night, to make final arrangements for a parade, Chief W.E. Parker was treated to a most enjoyable surprise.  A.B. Gunzendorfer, foreman of the Monterey Hook and Ladder company No. 1, presented him, on behalf of the fire department, with a beautiful silver trumpet of the most elegant design.

I sure would love to see that trumpet!

And here’s a fun photo that Abe took.

Juvenile Fire Engine
Conquer we Must.  Our Cause is Just.
J.D. Brower’s Juvenile Fire Engine Co. No. 36
A.B. Gunzendorfer, Photographer, Monterey, Cal.

Who knew the Monterey Fire Department would be so important in my family?


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fannie Goldstein Gunzendorfer

Goldstein Fannie

I don’t know a lot about my 2nd great grandmother, Fannie Goldstein Gunzendorfer, but my interest in all things Gunzendorfer has been piqued this week due to connecting with not one but TWO Gunzendorfer cousins.  I wrote last week about my first connection here and through her, I’ve connected with her first cousin – both are descendants of Jacob Gunzendorfer, younger brother of my great grandfather, Abraham Gunzendorfer.  Their grandmother, Irene Gunzendorfer Sherwin, was my grandmother’s (Mildred Loraine Gunzendorfer Levy) first cousin.  I remember hearing about Irene and her daughters (and even met the daughters) but I never paid too much attention to how they were related.  But that’s changed now!

Our direct ancestors are Fannie Goldstein and Ferdinand Gunzendorfer, our 2nd great grandparents.  One of my first blog posts was about Ferdinand (here) so now it’s time to add Fannie to the mix.

I’ve seen quite a few birth dates and places for Fannie but I’m going to go with 6 March 1848 in Poland since that’s what it shows on her death certificate and grave.  I’ve also seen 1846 and 1847 and Prussia and Germany.  According to the Memorial and Biographical History of the Coast Counties of Central California (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1893), Fannie was united in marriage with Ferdinand Gunzendorfer in 1863, which means she was somewhere between 15 and 17 years old.  And then there’s a big gap of Fannie on her own – just census records and City Directories showing her with Ferdinand.  Which isn’t really nothing since she was with her husband and children but it doesn’t really tell me much about her

While sharing photos with my new-found cousins, I came across this.

Gunzendorfer Ferdinand Fannie Buggy

Look closely –that’s Fannie and Ferdinand in the buggy!  Fannie is driving and Ferdinand is sitting in the back seat - could he be giving her a driving lesson?  I love thinking about them out for a Sunday “drive” and wonder where they might have gone.

Gunzendorfer Ferdinand Fannie Buggy cropped

Uh-oh, Fannie had a bit of a checkered past.  What would have made her dump the contents of a slop jar (ewwww) on Miss Johnson’s trunk?  It would be interesting to know THAT story!

Gunzendorfer Lawsuit SC Sentinenel May 30 1897 page 3
Santa Cruz Sentinel
30 May 1897, page 3

A few months later, Fannie’s mother, Sarah Frankel Goldstein, died.  It is this obituary from the San Francisco Call that helped me determine that Sarah’s maiden name was Frankel.  I also find it interesting that the Goldstein’s had daughters by the names of Fannie and Francis – I can imagine that got confusing.

Sarah Frankel Goldstein Obit SF Call 27 Dec 1897 First Edition
San Francisco Call
27 December 1897

By 1907, Fannie was on her own after Ferdinand’s sudden death on 20 October 1907 in Monterey.  Fannie left Monterey for San Francisco, maybe because it was too painful for her to stay in Monterey and several of her sons were in San Francisco.  It looks like she bought property on Clay Street from Mr. and Mrs. Warren G. Bailey.

Fannie Gunzendorfer property SF Call 23 Jun 1908 First Edition
San Francisco Call
23 June 1908, First Edition

And by 1910, she was listed in the City Directory at 3126 Clay Street.  I haven’t been able to find her (or the house) in the 1910 census enumerated on 15 April 1910 – the census page lists 3124 Clay Street and then skips to 3126.  Was the house empty so no one stopped?  Where was Fannie?

A few months later, 22 July 1910, Fannie Goldstein Gunzendorfer died at Mt. Zion Hospital from an Incarcerated Hernia with a contributory cause of death of Peritonitis.  I’m sure today a patient with that type of diagnosis would be rushed into surgery but I’m guessing that option wasn’t available in 1910.  What’s interesting to note, and this if for my new-found cousin, is that in that time period Mt. Zion Hospital was strictly a Jewish hospital.  The hospital had been formed in 1887 by 43 members of the San Francisco Jewish Community and remained a Jewish hospital for nearly 100 years.  Which makes me believe that Fannie was a practicing Jew at the time of her death, although I don’t know if she was Jewish by birth or marriage.

Fannie is interred in the Gunzendorfer plot at Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Colma, California.

Gunzendorfer Plot



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Genealogical Serendipity

Serendipity: luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for.  (Merriam-Webster)

Serendipity sort of bit me in the rear today and I couldn’t be happier.  Anyone who has spent time researching their family dreams of connecting with another descendant and, occasionally, it happens.  But how often does it happen when you are preparing to blog about the EXACT same ancestor that connects you on the DAY you were going to post? 

I’ve been writing recently about my Gunzendorfer family, the family who got me started on this quest.  I wrote about that here and my mother’s challenge that there were no more Gunzendorfers in the United States.  And just recently I wrote about Adolph and Jacob Gunzendorfer and my plan for today was to write about Jacob’s wife, Edith Inez Steinberger Gunzendorfer. 

I don’t know much about Inez in early years other than that she was the daughter of Mary Dyer and Julius Steinberger and was born in Nevada 22 April 1874.  By 1880 the family was living in San Francisco and she married Jacob in about 1893.  From that point on, I can follow her with Jacob – the birth of their children, their addresses, and information about Jacob’s business, The Typewritorium.  But I have come across two photos of her that I wanted to share in the event someone would find my blog so decided that she needed a blog post of her own even though I don't know much about her.

I have shared this treasured photo on many occasions but it’s worth sharing it again since I’m now 99.99% certain that I have identified Inez.

Gunzendorfer Family
The Gunzendorfer Family
Edith Inez Steinberger seated on right holding her son Mervyn Gunzendorfer
Irene Gunzendorfer, daughter, seated in front

And then I came across these two photos.

Inez Steinberger with children c 1896 cropped

She’s even wearing the same dress!  This would be Mervyn on the left and Irene on the right.  Infant boys must have been dressed in dresses in the late 1890’s, right?

And then there is this from maybe a year or two later.

Inez Steinberger with children cropped

Would they still have dressed Mervyn in a dress?  Another child, Helen, joined the family in 1902 but since Irene was eight years old when Helen was born, this just can’t be Helen and Irene with their mother – it must be Mervyn who was just two years younger than his big sister, Irene.

And that’s about all I know specifically about Inez except for her date of death, 12 April 1957, and final resting place, Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California.

Edith Inez Steinberger Gunzendorfer

So how is this serendipitous?  Maybe the serendipity involves not just Inez but her daughter, Irene.  Because guess who I connected with today (well actually last night when she sent me the e-mail but today by the time I woke up and read it)?  INEZ STEINBERGER GUNZENDORFER’S GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER, GRANDDAUGHTER OF IRENE!  I have dreamed about connecting with a Gunzendorfer descendant for years and now it has happened.  I know that her mother, Lois (Irene’s daughter), helped in this quest and I can just imagine just how happy that would make both Lois and my dad, two cousins who shared the Gunzendorfer connection. 

Lois passed away in July and while doing some research last month, I ran across her obituary.  Even when you don’t personally know someone, it still hits you in the gut when you realize that one of your relatives has passed away and somewhere there are other relatives mourning their passing.  So, I signed the on-line guest book, expressed my condolences, and stated how we were related.  And then I received the e-mail telling me that there is, in fact, another Gunzendorfer descendant who actually cares about this stuff.  I know there is lots of information to share and I’m excited to get to know this “new” cousin.

Who knew?


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jacob Gunzendorfer - Inventor


Jacob Gunzendorfer
Jacob W. Gunzendorfer
c. 1896

Jacob Gunzendorfer was the youngest of the four Gunzendorfer brothers (Gustave, Adolph, Abraham, Jacob) and my great grand uncle.

Jacob was born 5 Sep 1871 in California, probably in Gilroy.  In 1880 the family was living on Fifth Street in Gilroy – I’ve run across some old photos of houses and one day I hope to learn that one of them might be this house.  In the late 1880’s and early 1890’s, Jacob was in Monterey working in the family business, The White House. 

Sometime around 1893, Jacob was married to Edith Inez Steinberger, three children joined them – Irene in 1894, Mervyn in 1896, and Helen in 1902 – and by 1896 they were living in San Francisco at 1630 Sutter.  They moved around in San Francisco a bit, from Sutter Street to 1636 Buchanan, 107 Lyon and 821 Ashbury all while Jacob was building his business, The Typewritorium.  And finally sometime between 1906 (earthquake!) and 1908 they moved to their much more permanent home at 3367 Washington Street which is in the current Presidio Heights district of San Francisco.  I know that the home was built in 1902 so it either survived the earthquake or was rebuilt before Jacob and his family moved in.  Jacob and Inez remained in that home for many years and were living there at the time of the 1940 census, and maybe longer. 

I wrote about Jacob, son Mervyn, and brother Adolph’s participation in The Submarine exhibit at the Panama Pacific Exhibition in 1915 here.  What fun it must have been for my grandmother to see the exhibit and know that her family had a hand in it.  But I wonder if she knew that Jacob actually had a patent (No. 1,037,474) for an Amusement Apparatus which was patented 3 Sep 1912? 

Patent 1037474 Page 1
Patent 1037474 Page 2
Patent 1037474 Page 3
Patent 1037474 Page 4
Patent 1037474 Page 5
Patent 1037474 Page 6

There’s a lot of words on those pages and most of it doesn’t mean much to me but it is interesting – look at that photo of the submarine!  In a nutshell the “invention relates to an aquatic amusement device and particularly pertains to a passenger carrying structure which is adapted to be submerged and propelled through a body of water in simulation of a submarine boat.”  Cool!

I need to continue researching the house on Washington Street and The Typewritorium – so far I’ve found some current records on the house and while I know it has been renovated more than once, the photos are beautiful.  Would the current owners consider me a stalker if I contacted them?

Inez (more on her in a later post) left Jacob a widower in 1957 and Mervyn passed away just two years later.  By 1960, Jacob was living at 170 Vasquez Avenue, which was right around the corner from daughter Helen, when he passed away on August 5, 1960 at Mt. Zion Hospital.

Jacob Gunzendorfer SF Examiner 7 Aug 1960 Sec III Page 12
San Francisco Examiner
August 7, 1960
Section III, Page 12

Jacob is entombed at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California.

Jacob Gunzendorfer Grave


Sunday, September 7, 2014

The rest of the story

The first part of the story of Adolph Gunzendorfer’s (my great grand uncle) life is here

By 1910 Adolph was back in San Francisco and sharing a home at 1627 Sacramento with his wife, Charlotte, her brother, Marshall White, and a lodger, Ralph Knowlton.  And in 1920, he and Charlotte were living at 645 Bush Street as lodgers.  Pages and pages of the census from that enumeration district are filled with lodgers – it could have been apartments or even hotels.

By 1913, Adolph was involved in a very special project – the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.  I wrote about my grandmother’s visit to the Exposition visit here.  What might Adolph have been up to?

Submarines Daily City Journal 24 Feb 1913 Page 5
Daily Capital Journal (Salem, Oregon)
24 Feb 1913, Page 5

Yes, Adolph, his brother, Jacob, and Jacob’s son, Mervyn, were granted the right to produce their original and remarkable concession, “The Submarines” at the 1915 World’s Fair.  And what’s really coincidental is that I wrote about Grandma’s visit to The Submarine here.  How fun that she had so many mementos from the exhibit that her two uncles and cousin had a hand in creating.  My favorite memento was the piece of redwood that kept trying to escape from the scrapbook – was Grandma trying to tell me to keep researching?  Why didn’t she leave me more clues?


Redwood

On February 10, 1922, Charlotte passed away and Adolph was alone.  I remember reading about her being ill in the letters my grandmother wrote to my grandfather in 1918 so, perhaps, it was a lengthy illness that led to her death. 

Charlotte White Gunzendorfer Obit SF Chronicle 13 Feb 1922
San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, February 13, 1922

Sometime about 1926, Adolph moved to the Hotel Maryland at 490 Geary Street, which is now the Warwick Regis Hotel.  I’ve discovered several of my ancestors living in San Francisco hotels – maybe it was common to live in a hotel back then.

The Warwick Regis Hotel today:

Warwick Hotel 490 Geary Street 490 Geary Street

But Adolph not only lived in the hotel, he died in the hotel in 1932.  I can just imagine poor Adolph all alone in that hotel room as he, hopefully, passed peacefully in his sleep.

Coroners Report page 1
San Francisco County Records (1824-1997)
Coroner’s Register, March 1932
Image 52 of 398, page 423

March 1, 1932 at 11:32 a.m. 

This date at about 11 a.m. the deceased was found dead undressed under the bed covers in his room at 490 Geary by the manager Thos. D. White.  Supposed natural cause.  He was last seen alive this am about 4:15 o’clock before he retired.  He had been complaining of pain in his right arm.  Been dead several hours.

Coroners Register Mar 1932 Image 53 of 398
San Francisco County Records (1824-1997)
Coroner’s Register, March 1932
Image 53 of 398, page 423

Interesting facts on this page:

Apparent cause of death:  acute dilatation of heart, cardiac hypertrophy, chronic cystitis, chronic prostatitis.

The authorities took no clothes from the hotel and he had $105.00 at the time of his death (about $1200 today).

The ring was taken off his finger.

A check dated March 14, 1932 for $10.00 for miscellaneous cards was cashed.

Look at that – there was an inquest on March 8, 1932 and the jury verdict was that the death was due to natural causes.

And two days after his death, there was a very small obituary in the San Francisco Examiner.

Adolph Gunzendorfer Obit SF Examiner 3 Mar 1932 Page 19
The San Francisco Examiner
Thursday, March 3, 1932
Page 19

A very interesting and almost mysterious life was reduced to just two short paragraphs in the local newspaper?  Surely there must be more to the story.  Grandma, where are the clues?


Sunday, August 31, 2014

It starts with a photo…..

For anyone who has researched their family, is an amateur or professional genealogist, or anyone with just a basic curiosity of where they came from, often times it starts with a photo.  You know what I mean – you see a photo, figure out who it is, start to research him/her, and 743 hours later, you’ve accumulated more information than you ever dreamed would be out there.  And all the while you know you should be cleaning the toilet, finishing the laundry, or doing something other than sitting in front of your computer looking for things.  But you just can’t stop.

And that’s where I’ve been for the last 24 hours.  My brain is spinning with what if’s, if only I knew, and more questions than I had when I awoke yesterday morning.

The culprit.

Adolph Gunzendorfer 1905 Postcard

Adolph Gunzendorfer 1905

Now I’ve seen several personalized post cards in my grandmother’s collection so can only assume this is another one.  I know that Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Gunzendorfer were my great grandparents and they did, in fact, live in Monterey, California in 1905 after spending about 8 years in San Francisco.  I also know that Abe’s brother was Adolph, also known as A.G., and that he was in Los Angeles between about 1901 and 1907.  So it would make sense that he would write a card to his brother, sister-in-law, and their two children, one of whom was my grandmother, Mildred Loraine Gunzendorfer.

What I can’t be sure of is if the man looking silly on the card was, indeed, Adolph Gunzendorfer.  I have only run across one other photo of Adolph when he posed for a family photo in about 1896.

Gunzendorfer Family
Back row – Abraham, Gustave, Minnie Dauterman ?, Adolph ?, Jacob?
Center row – Bertha Schwartz (holding Loraine), Ferdinand, Fannie Goldstein, Inez Steinberger (holding Mervyn)
Front row – Irene Gunzendorfer

I’ve made some assumptions on this photo but I’m about 99% sure I’m accurate.  I’m positive that is Abraham on the left, nearly certain next is Gustave, assume it is Gustave’s wife Minnie standing next to him, and then I know the next two are either Adolph and Jacob…..or Jacob and Adolph.  But since Adolph wasn’t married at the time and Jacob was, I can assume the woman sitting in front of whom I think is Jacob is his wife, Inez, holding their young son, Mervyn.  And I know that is Bertha on the left (I’d know her ANYWHERE) holding my grandmother, Ferdinand and Fannie in the center, and then little Irene in the front.  And since my grandmother was born in January, 1896 and Mervyn was born just 3 months later, I can be certain this photo was taken some time in 1896.  And then came the goofy photo from Adolph above which makes me really think Adolph is second from the right in the family photo.

So then what?  Let’s see what I know about Adolph.

He was born in February, 1866 in California.  I don’t know the exact date or city but hope to be able to figure that out.  I have found a marriage record from 23 Mar 1887 showing his marriage to Emma Schoen in Monterey.  I have found NO other reference to Emma so I hope to be able to figure out what happened to her – did she die, did they divorce, or what?  From 1888 to 1896, I know Adolph was in Monterey working in the family business, The White House.  And that’s where things started to get a little more interesting.

By 1901 Adolph was a “manager” in Los Angeles.  And by 1904, the city directory shows that he is a Manager in billiards.  Huh?  Each year thereafter his occupation remains unchanged and finally he is linked to the Casino Billiard Parlor at 344 S. Spring in Los Angeles.  And during that time he decided to send a goofy post card to his brother back home in Monterey.

It must have taken some time to get the Casino Billiard Parlor up and running as the Grand Opening was held on 15 Dec 1903.

Casino Billard Parlor Opens Today Los Angeles Herald, Vol XXXI, No. 76, 15 Dec 1903
Los Angeles Herald
Volume XXXI, Number 76
15 Dec 1903

There were lots of other ‘amusements’ in Los Angeles at that time but I can imagine this grand opening was quite an attraction.

In 1904, Adolph was a “backer” in a group of well known gold mines In Kern County operated by E.W. Doss.  $10,000 was a lot of money in 1904!  (Los Angeles Herald, Volume XXXII, Number 56, 26 Nov 1904)

But by 1908 things didn’t seem to be going so well for the parlor.

Casino Billiard Parlor Los Angeles Herald Vol 35 Number 24, 2 Jul 1908
Los Angeles Herald
Volume XXXV, Number 274
City Hall Notes
2 Jul 1908

Now that’s interesting.  And even more interesting that by 1910 Adolph was back in San Francisco with his wife, Charlotte White.  What happened in Los Angeles to cause him to come back to the northern part of the state?  I know that from 1910 until the end of his life in 1932, Adolph was a fixture in San Francisco where it looked like he worked in an international specialty company. 

A few other interesting tidbits about Adolph will show up soon – stay tuned for more of the story!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Great White Hope

I’m sure that all of us who are old enough to remember films from the 1970’s is familiar with the film The Great White Hope, starring James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander.  This was originally written as a play in 1967 and then adapted for the screen in 1970.  The Great White Hope told a fictional life story of boxing champion Jack Johnson (James Earl Jones).  “Acting as a lens focused on a racist society, The Great White Hope explores how segregation and prejudice created the demand for a ‘great white hope’ who would defeat Johnson and how this, in turn, affected the boxer's life and career” [Wikipedia].  I remember loving the film (I always love a good romance) and watching the relationship between James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander – an African American man and a white woman falling in love was somewhat risqué in 1970.

So what does that have to do with my family history?  Well until recently when I came across a photo, I would have said “not much”.  But there in front of me was an interesting photo with a few clues.

Sig 1910 Ben Lomond

It’s a little hard to see, although I knew that was my grandfather, Sig Levy, on the right.  So, I enlarged it and cropped it a bit.

Sig 1910 Ben Lomond Close up

Hmmm, it still doesn’t tell me much.  I knew my grandfather was active with Raisin Day festivities so this wasn’t too surprising.  I turned the photo over to see if there was anything written on the back and once again, I was disappointed that there was nothing to give me a clue.

Sig 1910 Ben Lomond Back

Wait!  If I looked real closely, turned the photo just right and held it up to the light, I could see something written on the back.  It looked like my grandfather’s handwriting and since it was written in pencil, it was very hard to read.  So I got out my glasses and was able to make out the words:

“Taken when Jeffries was champion of the world.  At Ben Lomond training for the Johnson fight.”

Interesting to be sure but I still didn’t know much more than I had before that.  And then I did what anyone in 2014 would do – I opened google and typed in “Jeffries Ben Lomond world champion” and a new world was opened up to me – the world of James Jackson Jeffries (1875-1953), the boxing heavyweight champion of the world from 1899-1906!  And then I read that he trained in Rowardennan Redwood Park, which was built in 1895 and was at the southern edge of Ben Lomond.  Jeffries had come out of retirement in 1910 in order to fight John Arthur “Jack” Johnson, the African American man who was crowned Heavyweight champion of the world in 1908.  Throughout his boxing career, Jeffries refused to fight Black boxers so this must have been quite a story.

The Great White Hope was the reference to the boxers whom the white people hoped would finally defeat Johnson and the first person to accept the challenge was Jim Jeffries.  By 1910 Jeffries had been retired for 5 years and had ballooned from his fighting weight of about 220 pounds to a whopping 330 pounds.  He chose Ben Lomond as his training site and for three months beginning in April, 1910, Jim Jeffries trained so that he could be back in shape for the fight to be held in Reno on July 4, 1910.

James Jeffries SF Chronicle 13 Jun 1910 page 8
San Francisco Chronicle
June 13, 1910
Page 8

There was much at stake for both Jim Jeffries and Jack Johnson.  Of course, Jack Johnson wanted to defend his crown and Jim Jeffries wanted to be the hero for the white people of the world.  But cash was involved - $65,000 (1.65 million in today’s dollars) was paid to Jack Johnson and $120,000 (3 million today) for Jim Jeffries.  And to the people who wanted to witness the fight in person – the Oakland Tribune reported on June 25 1910 (page 16) that a round trip ticket from Oakland to Reno on Southern Pacific Railroad would set them back $11.15, or about $278.75 in today’s dollars.  But I’m sure the 20,000 people who were in attendance at the ring built just for the occasion didn’t care as they just wanted to be part of history. 

James Jeffries vs Jack Johnson
James Jeffries and Jack Johnson
July 4, 1910
Reno, Nevada
photo by Wikipedia

Jack Johnson won the fight and retained his heavyweight title until 1915 when he lost to Jess Willard, a white boxer.  Johnson died in a car crash near Raleigh, North Carolina on June 10, 1946 after he raced away in anger from a diner that refused to serve him.  He was buried in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, initially in an unmarked grave.  Jim Jeffries died of a heart attack on March 3, 1953 and is buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.

I’ll never know if my grandfather met Jim Jeffries or if he even saw him train in Boulder Creek in 1910.  But by being there and taking a photo, and more importantly writing on the back of the photo, I’ve learned a lot about The Great White Hope.  Who knew?