Uncle Morton's nickname was "Bob". Whenever we were in California and visited the Ferndale Cemetery I wondered about the little white stone that said Bobbie. This last summer in a book Aunt Iola Sweet Young wrote for the family I found the explanation!
She wrote: "When Morton was about three years old he was sick with a fever that even the doctor seemed not to understand or be able to check. It must have been in the Autumn as I can remember that Mamma used to tell how he asked for a pear to eat or the pear was offered to him. Since the doctor gave no hope for his recovery, Mamma gave him some to eat and she was thankful to see him want something. However from that moment he seemed to improve and finally recovered. He had difficulty in walking for some time and Sam Lytel said he walked like old Bob Keeler. After that he was always called "Bob". Many persons thought it was really his name. Now there is little doubt but that he had rheumatic fever and with the care that is now known to be necessary, his life might have been very different. He never had much endurance and could never run as fast as the others."
"Mamma" was Sarah Lytel Sweet and Sam was her brother. Growing up in Oregon and not very close to the family in California, all I knew about Uncle Morton was that he had drowned while the family was living at Occidental Ranch. (bio by: Barbara Lea)
Charles Benjamin Sweet (1858 - 1930)
Sarah Lytel Sweet (1862 - 1919)
Annie Margaret Sweet Washburn (1883 - 1972)*
Maurice Burton Sweet (1885 - 1954)*
Claude H. Sweet (1886 - 1969)*
Morton Earle Sweet (1890 - 1911)
Iola Sweet Young (1894 - 1988)*
Son of C. B. & S. Sweet
Maintained by: Barbara Lea
Originally Created by: countedx58
Record added: Aug 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15199676