Memorial 4

Andrew Firebaugh Marker Memorial Day 2013 is approaching and many of us will be going to certain memorial events around the area. Fresno County has had its share of veterans and one that stands out is an early pioneer named Andrew Firebaugh. Many west side folks and City of Firebaugh residents in particular know of his history. From his migration from Virginia to Texas, being a recruit in the army there that went into Monterey during the Mexican war made him a veteran of two flags, Texas and United States. His later migration to California is no less remarkable and he was a member of Major James Savage’s regiment that was the first to enter and discover Yosemite Valley in modern history.
Andrew Firebaugh’s burial place in the foothills east of Clovis, California, is worthy of a visit on Memorial Day as he is a true old veteran of a remarkable era. I doubt any will look up his place of rest. The grave site is on private property, and visible from Tollhouse road and about a mile from Humphreys Station. The remarkable thing, also, is that the grave site is marked on the USGS topographic map titled Humphreys Station Quadrangle. However, if one goes to any memorial on that day, one honors all of the veterans.
Timothy J. Desmond
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Memorial 3

Willis Elmer and Winona Gladys Yeager Justice

Many of us have attended Veterans Day memorials and Memorial Day events at our local cemeteries. My earliest memory is of going on a sunny May Memorial Day afternoon with my grandmother. She picked white Gardenias off of her own shrubs and we went to my grandfather’s grave site. He was a World War I veteran. While I can call myself a native Californian, she was born in Alabama. They migrated to Fresno in 1928. They had rented the Egger’s ranch, south of the current Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
I thank Fresno County Historical Society for printing a memorial event invitation in their latest issue of Ash Tree Echo, Vol.48, Issue 1, March 2013. They do not have an “online” publication, but can be followed on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com#!/FresnoGenealogy
Timothy J. Desmond
Tim’s Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
http://timsfiction-art.com
http://artbydesmond.com