Finally at long last I had the death certificate of Golda Dougherty Sweatt, and it was fascinating to read.
April 9, 2002:
Tomorrow morning I will go and pay my respects to my AUNT GOLDA.
Today I received her DEATH CERTIFICATE in the mail, and all is finally revealed.
GOLDA SWEATT died on March 7, 1964.
The time was 1:45am
The location was Los Angeles County General Hospital 1200 N. State Street, Los Angeles, Ca..
The immediate cause of death was Myocardial Infarction DUE TO Arteriosclerosus Coronary Thrombosis.
Aprox. interval between onset and death: 1 day.
LAST RESIDENCE: HODGES REST HOME- 3991 DALTON AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, CA...
Name of Informant: Hospital Records.
BURIAL: QUEEN OF HEAVEN CEMETERY Date of Burial: March 26, 1964.
FUNERAL DIRECTOR: Los Angeles County General Hospital. Not embalmed.
DATE OF BIRTH: 4/13/1892 in KY.
FATHER: William Dougherty.
MOTHER: Minnie Fraze.
LAST OCCUPATION: Housewife.
Length of stay in California: 12 years.
Length of stay in County of Death: 7 yrs.
Social Security #: None.
Document filed: May 1, 1964 by Ray E. Lee, County Recorder.
Well, there ya have it.
I checked the THOMAS GUIDE Map Book and found the location of her last residence.
The street is a few short miles west of USC, off Martin Luther King Blvd. in Los Angeles.
The REST HOME no longer exists, though the building is still there as a single family home, and from what a neighbor told me, the facility had disappeared from the scene by 1970.
The Cemetery is in Rowland Heights, just a couple of miles southeast of the Puente Hills Mall.
It is interesting that her mother's name is listed as Minnie. This raises the question of mispelling since everyone has always said her name was Mittie.
I am going to the cemetery in the morning, and in the afternoon will make my way to the Dalton Street address to see if the Rest Home is still there or a successor, and see what else I can find out.
I will also contact the Little Sisters of the Poor again with the info I have to see if they were ever connected with the Rest Home and have records under the name she goes by on her Death Certificate.
The next morning I hopped the bus and travelled to the cemetary, half expecting ol' Golda to pipe up, upon my arrival, "About damn time, young feller! What took ya so long?". :-D
She's no doubt thinking those same thoughts, today, 6 years later, after I at long last returned with a digital camera to take photos for inclusion in this story. ;-D
April 10, 2002:
"Visiting Aunt Golda"
I went to the cemetery this morning and learned that the place was only 5 years old when Golda was placed in the charity case section without a headstone.
I know the spot she is sharing with 2 others (They put the charity cases 3 to a space.), and have the right to have her name on a headstone by paying 1/3 of the GRAVE COST, INTERMENT COST, and HEADSTONE COST.
About $350 is the total cost involved.
Once completely paid for a Stone will then be placed, with her name, birth and death years placed in the middle since she is the middle person of the 3 in her spot.
It would be nice to give her a headstone for Xmas, but I'm not sure I can do it by then. Maybe others in the family can find a way to chip in.
A Gardener took me out to the spot and it was funny to see him sticking his shovel in the ground and digging up small plots of grass looking for the number marker.
I half expected Golda to pipe up "Hey! Watch where ya stick that thing, buster!" :-D
Auntie will have to wait a while longer for her headstone but, somehow, I don't think she would mind. :-D
So there you have it folks...
When doing research into your ancestry do not lose faith that you can crack those hard to solve Brick Walls. :-D
As for Auntie and her grave marker?
Well, a lot has happened in 6 years, and I never was able to follow thru as planned.
Now, though, I just may be able to give her a Christmas Present (The cost has no doubt gone up a little, but I'll find out about that tomorrow.). ;-D
I went out there, today, to take photos and pin down, better than last time, exactly where she is.
The office was closed, but the Manager was there, and she was kind enough to explain the meaning of terms to help me decipher the location of Aunt Golda from the Section, Tier, and Plot Numbers I was given on my first visit.
I went out and found Tier Marker 17, in the appropriate Section, stepped off the Tiers to 24, based on nearby rows of markers, then stepped off the spaces, again based on parallel rows of markers, and came as close as I could get without the more detailed records of the cemetary, and left 3 roses.
As for her "roommates" all these years, well, if the Cemetary will tell me who they are, I'll post about them on rootsweb message boards, so their descendants can find them if they are looking. ;-D