Saturday, January 26, 2008

Seagraves Men in WWII

Our branch of the family was very lucky in that all the Seagraves sons(and fathers, and husbands) who went away to war came back home again.

Alton Seagraves--Navy WWII

(He was the baby of the family)
Picture courtasy of Suzy (Seagraves) Inman

Left Lionel Seagraves--Navy WWII

Right Johnnie Seagraves(My dad)--Army WWII

Picture courtesy of Suzy (Seagraves) Inman

(Betsy) Dean's Seagraves (Basil's wife) brother Grover Williams--Army WWII

Middle Aubry Seagraves--Army(desk Jockey?) WWII

Right Lionel Seagraves--Navy WWII

Photography by my father Johnnie Seagraves; while they were all on leave together on Oahu, Hawaiian Islands. Photo Courtesy of my mom Jeannetta Rockholt

The war is over and the whole Seagraves clan is finally back together again. This photo was taken in front of my Grandparent's (Jerome Milton and Hattie Seagraves) home on Sierra Street, Madera CA.

Their staggered so I'll do my best and hope I down confuse any one. Starting on left back row Alton, front row Aubry, back row Johnnie(my dad), front row Regina(aka Ricky--the only sister), back row Arnold, front row Basel, back row Endel, off to the right Lionel Seagraves.

Photo courtesy of Suzy (Seagraves) Inman

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bad News About Grandma's house

Hi Cousins, I have some news I thought you should know---bad news about grandma's house.

The old house on Sierra street behind and to the side of the old Bridge store, and the last house that Jerome Milton and Hattie Seagraves owned is now unfortunately gone!

Hattie Seagraves in front of house on Sierra st. Madera(she must have been in her late sixties--look how slim she was)

The above pictures are found by my mom in a box somewhere for me.

My mom had drove through the old neighborhood and saw that the house was gone, completely gone. No house, no foundation, no garage, no trees even. Everything leveled. Even that old palm tree that my dad (John Seagraves) and his brothers use to jump over is gone too.


Here's something you may not have know about the old house.

It was the second they had here in Madera, the first one burned down and that was located just across the street from Basil and Dean's old country house (they later got a house in town). The barn is still there but not the house.

The second house they lived in they bought, and it was located on Sierra street , and it was build by a man for his sweetheart and he later married her around 1900 (The turn of the century).

Hattie Seagraves sold the house after her husband died (Jerome Milton died in 1961) and it sold in 1962 for a whopping nine thousand dollars (I know but it was the '60's okay).

The little old couple that bought it had thrown a wedding for a friend of there's (sweetheart house indeed).

Then the Leal family bought it and raised their children in it, and later moved out and used it for a number of years as a rental.