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alfred janske (#47432838)
 member for 6 years, 5 months, 13 days
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Bio Photo Hello to everyone,

Let me take a few lines and a bit of your time for something that you should know about me. I was hit by lighting, and well, I'm alive but damaged. I've been off line for a while so I'm trying to catch up with all my postings and messages. Sorry if I have been rude in not answering your emails.

I'm working on several different projects in the Oakland area; Deputy Constable Denis Cronin's murdered in May 1897 in Emeryville (He might get a headstone this year!), Mary Leilah Kirkham Yarde-Buller's life story along with parts of her family, Undertakers of Oakland, Tamales & Oysters, Oddball Oakland people, Strange and Curious deaths, and many other items in Oakland and the Bay Area.

However, the St. Mary's cemetery project is at the head of the list because I'm writing a book about St. Mary's cemetery in Oakland.

If you have an interesting relative at St. Mary's, or if you have an interesting story, please send me a note. I'll research and see if I can incorporate them into my book. Thanks.

Oh, and please understand that this kind of research is exhaustive in nature. If you give me a date, say December 13, 1863 or 1899 or 1923, I'll search all the newspapers of the period at the Oakland library page by page, article by article, for five to seven days before and for several days after too. This may take as long as 24 hours at the microfilm machine to find a small article. And I'll search else where at the library too. Remember, it takes time, but it is worth it.

And finally, to the all the Cronin's, Cronan's, and the many other spellings of Cronin's, I have collected some information that may be useful to you. Someday I hope that the family of Denis Cronin will find me, so that he can get full honors from Alameda County Sherriff's Department.

He has no stone or marker, yet (This year, 2015!). What's more, there are two other police officers/firefighters that have no marker or stone. Someday I hope they will.

Please remember that the photographs and the articles, as per US law, are still mine and yes, I'll give them to you to use as you wish after you make a request. But, if you post new people in Find A Grave, please let me post the new photographs for them. Thanks.

If you post else where please make note that the pictures or articles came from me. They have been corrected and made modern.

Thank you for all your help.
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RE: Leslie Blackburn
Yes, I'm in Oakland too.
Added by JennO on May 01, 2017 7:56 PM
Mary Wallace
My mother
Valeria Marie (Janski) Williams...My phone # is 512.825.9918...with love, Mary
Added by Mary Wallace on Jan 24, 2015 9:34 PM
Mary Wallace
I'm Lawrence Janski's grandaughter
I love the photos you've posted and would like to have more contact with you. My mother is Valerie
Janski, and Andrew Janski is my uncle. Love, Mary (Marilee Williams) Wallace.
Added by Mary Wallace on Jan 24, 2015 9:29 PM
RE: Austin Hill FAG#70844076
Yes, the Hills are aware of it. The owner of the memorial is his granddaughter. I'm related to her (not the Hill side). A fun piece of history for my Tree tho. :-)
Added by JeanND on Jan 22, 2015 8:08 PM
Austin Hill FAG#70844076
Alfred - First, I hope your recovery is going well. Then I want to thank you for giving permission to use your photo - and no, you don't have to retake it.

You seem to love history & stories so let me tell you just a bit about Austin Hill (I know you can't use it in your book - wrong cemetery). Austin was the son of Martha Ann (Keith) & John Hill of Tennessee. However John Hill was Martha's 2nd husband. Her 1st was George Washington McCoy who served & died in the Civil War - and who was one of 'those' McCoys (the Hatfields & McCoys). Martha & John both died so young that Austin was raised by his half-brother Francis McCoy.

The Hatfields & McCoys have been researched extensively & info on them is found everywhere online. However just a few of them know anything about Martha marrying again which I found interesting. So thanks for taking a pic of a very small 'off-shoot' of Americana history.
Added by JeanND on Jan 18, 2015 1:55 PM
Getting Well
After I wrote back about the photo issue I noticed your post about being hit by lightning, thought I would send you good thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.
Added by Eileen on Jan 18, 2015 7:26 AM
RE: Photographs
Thank you for the ongoing support, this problem seems to be escalating and indeed is very frustrating.
Eileen (Hannah)
Added by Eileen on Jan 17, 2015 7:34 PM
Bernard Johnson
RE: Undertakers and Murphy
I found J. Philip Murphy and created a memorial for him, so that's that. As far as undertakers, I just saw it in your profile and wondered what or who you knew.
Added by Bernard Johnson on Jan 17, 2015 6:48 PM
Mr. Ed
RE: Edgar Wakeman
Hello Al ~
Your very welcomed! You did a great job on the Wakeman memorial and, since I had the picture, I thought it would complete the memorial. Ed ~
Added by Mr. Ed on Jan 17, 2015 6:14 PM
Seems there are sever volunteers that don't understand copyright laws, common courtesy or Find A Grave rules. I am sorry the photo Grinch has hit a hard working volunteer like you, we are trying to get this situation taken care of when there are folks out there that don't get it or care.
Hannah (Eileen)
Added by Eileen on Dec 23, 2014 2:07 PM
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