Posted by: marthabernie | June 27, 2015

May 30, 1946 at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California

002This photo shows my great aunt, Anna L. Tweddell, with her nephew, Warren McMenus, and his family.  That’s Warren on the left, Aunt Annie, Warren’s wife, Flora Graves McMenus, and their two daughters.  The photo has a note on the back.  They were visiting the graves of Annie’s brother, Elmer McMenus, his wife, Emma Forkner McMenus, and their daughter, Vivian McMenus Beck, who died in her late twenties.  Also buried at Forest Lawn in Glendale is Aunt Annie’s second husband, Walter Tweddell, who died in 1940, and eventually, Aunt Annie, her daughter Ednah, and grand daughter, Ruthanna Lewis Haltiner, are also buried there.


  1. I’m pretty sure Forest Lawn looks a lot different today!


    • Yes and no. It’s been around since 1906 and by the 40’s was well established. Below is a short description courtesy of Wikipedia. I’ve been there several times, and over the years it doesn’t change much, other than the fact that the graves increased. See below.

      Forest Lawn was founded in 1906 as a not-for-profit cemetery by a group of businessmen from San Francisco. Dr. Hubert Eaton and C. B. Sims entered into a sales contract with the cemetery in 1912. Eaton took over the management of the cemetery in 1917 and is credited as being the “Founder” of Forest Lawn for his innovations of establishing the “memorial park plan” (eliminating upright grave markers) and being the first to open a funeral home on dedicated cemetery grounds. Eaton was a firm believer in a joyous life after death. He was convinced that most cemeteries were “unsightly, depressing stoneyards” and pledged to create one that would reflect his optimistic, Christian beliefs, “as unlike other cemeteries as sunshine is unlike darkness.” He envisioned Forest Lawn to be “a great park devoid of misshapen monuments and other signs of earthly death, but filled with towering trees, sweeping lawns, splashing fountains, beautiful statuary, and … memorial architecture” A number of plaques which state Eaton’s intentions are signed “The Builder.”

      Most of its burial sections have evocative names, including Eventide, Babyland (for infants, shaped like a heart), Graceland, Inspiration Slope, Slumberland (for children and adolescents), Sweet Memories, Vesperland, Borderland (on the edge of the cemetery), and Dawn of Tomorrow.


  2. Something I find very interesting about your old family photos are the names. For my generation (60s age group), these names were old people names but we are seeing young people name their children using these old time favorites.


    • There definitely seem to be cycles in popular names. Of course, in the old days, the same first and middle names were used over and over in the families, hence all the Josephs and Eli’s in my family. It wasn’t until well after the turn of the 20th century that in my own family, they started using different names and were not wedded so much to using family names.


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