This is one of my least favorite cemeteries as it is small and unkept, with few impressive monuments. But, it has a rich history including an Ansel Adams image of it’s “Angel of Sorrow” which I covered in a blog entry in 2009: (http://travelswithauntiem.blogspot.com/2009/06/sunnyside-cemetery-june-9-2009.html)
The $18.00 price of admission was a little high but I spent three hours and got to see eight 10-minute dramas that were well written and beautifully preformed by local actors in period cloths.
Darthula V. Bouggess portrayed by Zadie M. Cannon
Co-founded a scholarship (which still exists today) to help African American youth attend college.
Mary Timney portrayed by Mary Timney
Tells the story of her mother, Ramona V. Linares who in widowhood, supported her eight children by starting the first Mexican restaurant in Long Beach, which was family owned for 55 years.
James Buttlerfield (Will Proctor) and Roland Swaffield (Denis Kortheuer)
Told the story of entrapment for profit when in 1941 the Long Beach Police Department conducted a sting to catch “social vagrants” (code for gay men). Innocent or guilty, the city made money because most defendants would pay a hefty fine rather than have the arrest publicize.
Tod and Edna Faulkner portrayed by Steve Dean and Elizabeth Waite
Former boxer turned bingo parlor owner and his much younger wife, who died while still young.
Hisa Fuji Ishi portrayed by Jennifer Jung
Part of the Nisei generation, daughter of a picture bride and survivor of a Japanese interment camp during World War II.
Spencer (David Narloch) and Lillie Decker (Melelani Satsuma)
The Deckers were the first mangers of
. Sunnyside Cemetery
Dr. and Mrs. Price portrayed by Kevin Spaeth and Vanessa Rose Parker
A Hypnotic healer and his estranged wife…guess she got upset with the “holy kiss” he would bestowed on the women members of his 1905 psychology cult.
William Willmore (Scott ringwelski) and Ida Crowe (Mary Hinds)
All of the scripts were well researched using Historical Society of Long Beach achieves, newspaper accounts and other sources. This bi-plane was not part of the event, but just another ghost from the past that paid a visit.
Above, my tour guide points out one of the interesting symbols to be found on the different headstones. This one was the Order of the Eastern Star which was the female order of Freemasons.
Teresa Marino and her Dia De Los Muertos exhibit
Day of the Dead
I got a new look at a few interesting headstones:
View more of my cemetery art: MvAdler on Flickr