Have you ever been out to Union Cemetery?
The cemetery is beautiful! Not a very great neighborhood, but there is a definite awe about the place. It pulls you into the past lives of those laid to rest beneath the placid head stones.
My Great-Grandmother resides there amongst the many. I have no clue as to where and this left me feeling ashamed of my lack of family history. When my Grandmother came over for my daughter's fifth birthday party recently, I asked her where her mother was buried at Union Cemetery. She didn't know. She knew the general area, but couldn't tell me how to get to there. So, in the event of my trip, I have found myself doing a family history of the seven I have in my family who have been laid to rest in Union Cemetery.
Not only my family has drawn me to find out more. I was pulled toward one small head stone by the name of Robert Jacomini. Apparently, he was a WWI veteran from NV. I found this by a simple search on Google in a listing of drafted men during that time. It was all I could find about this man. To be honest, I felt I was going too far to find out more. Sometimes, they may choose to be left at peace.
Interestingly enough, I was unaware that Bakersfield has a vast history of Freemasonry. There are four Masonic Lodges in Bakersfield to date. www.freemason.org/index.php I think a town history lesson is over-due, for me.
It's interesting to visit the dead. More interesting is the story beneath the grave. Though, keeping their memory alive is what is most important.