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Entry Date: 2013-11-30 11:35:12

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Entry #: 14

Entry Date: 2013-03-22 11:40:37

Name: mike zirschky
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments:

Hi Cheryl


I am a grandson of Bessie Travis and I am just starting to explore my roots. Believe it or not my wife and I lived in Rialto for 9 years and I never knew that so many of my relatives from my Travis side were buried in Rilato Park Cemetery. Didn't find this out for many years after leaving. It's a small world after all, but I sure feel silly living there all those years and not knowing my grandmothers parents and brothers were so close by!


Regards, Mike 


Entry #: 13

Entry Date: 2012-11-27 03:22:42

Name: Abercrombie Fitch
Site Rating: 10
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Entry #: 12

Entry Date: 2010-06-08 15:47:45

Name: jennifer wymetalek
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: THIS is really cool!  You have done a lot of work!

Entry #: 11

Entry Date: 2009-05-05 01:35:17

Name: Wm. Randy Bellamy
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments:

 I was a Rialto resident from ages 0 to 20. I was born in 1964 and have fond memories of early Rialto. I still feel a very strong connection to the city.


  I love your website. It has lots of great information and helped to answer some of my questions about Rialto in the 1950's-1970's.


Thank you John and Cheryl


Very respectfully


Randy Bellamy


Entry #: 10

Entry Date: 2009-04-16 00:51:31

Name: Karen Kimball
Site Rating: 7
Visitor Comments: This is for Eric Forbes and anyone else interested in the Sweesy family. Yes, George Washington Sweesy and Merle Sweesy Casey are related. George's father, Thomas, was married twice. George came from wife #1, Alice Forbes, who died in 1846 in PA. Thomas married wife #2, Elizabeth King. Thomas and Elizabeth had two children, Mathias Verdon and Alcinous Young. Mathias Verdon. a lawyer in Halstead, married Lauretta Norris. The following is from "A History of Rialto", 1976:"In early 1887 a group of Kansas methodists, headed by the Reverend T.C. Miller, arrived in the area looking for a site for a Methodist College. . . .These first settlers included the following men and their families: . . . M.V. Sweesy, John M. Sweesy . . . W.D. Humphrey . . .The first officers of this [Methodist] church were . . . J.W. Sweesy . . . Mathias Sweesy. Mr. M. V. Sweesy had charge of the Sunday School at the Methodist Church . . .Mrs. Sweesy was the organist. Mrs. Sweesy was also a very competent teacher of music.
Mathias V. Sweesy had practiced law and also worked on a newspaper in both Kansas and Iowa. After settling in Rialto he worked for a while on a newspaper in Riverside, and then he helped organize the Pioneer Abstract and Title Company which had its office in San Bernardino. In the Great Register of San Bernardino County, Rialto Section for 1894, Mr. Sweesy lists his occupation as “examiner of titles.” Mr. Sweesy also planted Rialto’s first orange grove, in 1888, west of Willow between Foothill and Etiwanda Avenues. during the first decade, Mr. Sweesy did a great deal to get the new town of Rialto started well, working with the water company, the school board, and the church. Later Mr. and Mrs. Sweesy spent considerable time in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. For a time Mrs. Sweesy was supervisor of music in the Pasadena City Schools, later in the Berkeley schools, and finally was a professor of music at Mills College. Until their family was grown, however, Mr. and Mrs. Sweesy maintained their home in Rialto.” Merle is the daughter of Mathias V. and Lauretta. So George Washington was Merle's uncle.
I believe George Washington (my great-great grandfather) is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in East Los Angeles. Yes he died in Redlands, but his wife Nancy had died in 1899 in Los Angeles, and he probably wanted to be buried with her.
I am also interested in W.D. Humphrey mentioned in the excerpt above - George W.'s wife was Nancy Elinor Humphrey and W.D. was her brother. William David Humphrey died in Rialto in 1926, and the same "History of Rialto" mentions he had two daughters, Leota Wilkerson and Laura Stewart, who live in Rialto as on 1976. I'd love to hear from descendants of this family.

Entry #: 9

Entry Date: 2009-03-19 09:28:13

Name: Ronnie
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments:

Cheryl


  Great job your doing.


Ronnie


Entry #: 8

Entry Date: 2009-02-09 19:34:01

Name: Ronnie Featherstone
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments:

What a great job you've done with all the history & photos.  The articles are great to read too.  Thank you very much for taking us back to the good old days.


                       Ronnie


Entry #: 7

Entry Date: 2009-01-23 23:20:05

Name: Gail Woodbury
Site Rating: 8
Visitor Comments:

Entry #: 6

Entry Date: 2008-05-12 17:45:05

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Entry #: 5

Entry Date: 2008-04-18 23:44:25

Name: Janice
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments:
I was looking at your site and it's impressive. I found the Raulstons (Annie and George)they are buried at Montecito. They lived at the house on the corner of Fourth and Pedley in San Bernardino. The address is 8118 Pedley. They had no children of their own and "adopted" my Great-Grandparents (Arthur and Lula Humphries, also buried there on Oak) When Mrs Raulston passed away they left the house to my Great-Grandparents and they owned the house until they passed away in 1981. My Great-Aunt lives on Monterey in San Bernardino. She says the Mr Raulston worked at the California Theater running the movies.

The Raulston house still stands and is for sell now.

Thanks for putting your together


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