Thursday, September 13, 2012

REMEMBERING A TRAGIC EVENT VIA FACEBOOK (HABER FUNERAL)


IVANO SAYS:  LARRY DUNHAM POSTED A. SCENIC PHOTO (BELOW) OF A POLICE OFFICER DIRECTING TRAFFIC ON THE CORNER OF PACIFIC AND WALNUT (MID-1950S), ON THE "LA NOSTRA COSTA (OUR COAST) FACEBOOK PAGE. FOLLOW THE COMENTS BELOW THE PHOTO TO SEE  WHAT HAPPENS......... 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                            

 


  • Ivano Franco Comelli Who's the Cop?? Come on (Ret. SCPD Officer) George Disbrow. You got to know this one.
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    George Virginia Disbrow Tony Valine. Directing traffic for young Abrams Funeral.
  • Ivano Franco Comelli Officer Tony Valine directing traffic for young Abrams funeral?? Can you explain further George?? Don't seem to remember that one.
  • George Virginia Disbrow Morris Abrams, son was killed playing golf when he was hit on the side of his head by a golf ball.  (On)Walnut Ave. (there) was a parking lot for the funeral at Whites (Mortuary). Was (in the) mid 50s.
  • Larry Dunham I remember hearing about a Haber's guy (Furniture Store folks) being hit in the head by a golf ball and dieing...
     
  • Ivano Franco Comelli Thanks George. Wow that indeed was a tragedy. I must have been away at SJS . Don't remember it. Thanks again George for a bit of forgotten Santa Cruz History (at least on my part.)
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    Barbara Silva As I remember it, (it) was Mel Habers younger brother.... he was buried in the "Home of Peace" Jewish cemetary on Meder Street....I was living on Western Drive at the time and our property ajoined ....
     
  • Ivano Franco Comelli Thanks Barbara Silva You have a better memory than me. Of course you are much younger than I.
     
  • Diane Bianconi McNiel It was Lou Habers brother. (M)y dad was playing golf with him when it happened. (H)e was the youngest of the three (brothers), Morry, Lou & ?? Haber's  mind went blank when he was hit. He went to (the) ER. (He) was released and died a week later.
     
  • George Virginia Disbrow Your right Larry it was Louie Haber. Thanks
     
  • Larry Dunham Sad story!

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    IVANO SAYS (CONT'D):  A sad and tragic story  (almost) forgotten, however; remembered on the La Nostra Costa  (Our Coast) Facebook Page.  Thanks Larry Dunham for posting the photo.
     

    4 comments:

    Ivano Franco Comelli said...

    I recently received this message:

    I am finishing writing abook about the History of the Jewish Community of SC for the Museum of Art and History on Front Street. I was doing a google search for Morris Abrams and came across the discussion about the Haber funeral. I have the obituary from the Sentinel and have visited his grave.

    What was Santa Cruz like ethnically in the 1950s? Were there any Jewish students at SCHS that you remember?

    I am also interested in contacting the woman who was in your discussion thread whose family's property adjoined Home of Peace cemetery. I wanted toa sk her if she remembers the condition of the cemetery in the 1950s. Do you have her e-mail? I beleive her name is Barbara.

    I also noticed you wrote a book. Where can I get a copy.

    George Fogelson
    Redondo Beach, CA

    Ivano Franco Comelli said...

    I recently received this message:

    I am finishing writing abook about the History of the Jewish Community of SC for the Museum of Art and History on Front Street. I was doing a google search for Morris Abrams and came across the discussion about the Haber funeral. I have the obituary from the Sentinel and have visited his grave.

    What was Santa Cruz like ethnically in the 1950s? Were there any Jewish students at SCHS that you remember?

    I am also interested in contacting the woman who was in your discussion thread whose family's property adjoined Home of Peace cemetery. I wanted toa sk her if she remembers the condition of the cemetery in the 1950s. Do you have her e-mail? I beleive her name is Barbara.

    I also noticed you wrote a book. Where can I get a copy.

    George Fogelson
    Redondo Beach, CA

    Ivano Franco Comelli said...

    2-25-2013
    Dear Mr. Fogelson: Barbara Silva is the name of the lady who lived near the Cemetery.
    As to the ethnic make up of Santa Cruz in the 1950s; you name them. they probably lived there: Italian, Portuguese , Greeks, Irish, Germans, Chinese, Filipinos. Very few Blacks and Mexicans (except for the Braceros) and no University of California Santa Cruz Students. (The College was built in the 1960s.) Before the student influx Santa Cruz was a very Conservative town. I really don't know how many Jews lived in Santa Cruz. Going thru the Santa Cruz School system in the 1940s and 1950s I don't remember Identifying any fellow student as being a Jew. This doesn't mean there weren't any, we just did not think that they were any different than ourselves. They were just fellow students. No discrimination as far as I was aware of.

    I'm really glad that you are writing a book on Jewish History in Santa Cruz. Too much of Santa Cruz history is being lost .
    "La Nostra Costa (Our Coast") A Family's Journey to and From the North Coast of Santa Cruz,Ca (1923-1983)can be ordered directly from the publisher: www.authorhouse.com

    Unknown said...

    My great uncle Milton Haber was the one killed by a golf ball. He served in WWII in the battle of Okinawa. He was 32- years-old when he died at the time leaving behind a wife and two very young daughters. Milton's brother Louis is my grandfather and he had two other brothers Alvin and Morris. Louis son Melvin Haber is my father and not Milton Brother.