Hi Sharon!!... I just sent a message and went to edit it and it just diapered.
Anyways, I do remember the Claiming Tree. It was along the dirt drive way between the Bowl and big play flied. The CBH orchard was to the south. The only tree we where allowed to clime. I spent hours in that tree. You could see for miles from it.
I could never forget the Christmases at the home, they where wonderful. We went to 3 or 4 Christmas parties in the community each year. The one at CBH with The Marines where the best. Santa Claus would be there we each got to see what everyone else got for Christmas. The Marines were always dressed in their dress uniforms. They looked 10 feet tall, made me want to join the marines when I got old enough.
I don't know exactly when CBH closed. I will be in Inglewood this spring and will visit the Inglewood Library. I understand they have old Inglewood City Directories and old phone book. That should tell us exactly when CBH closed and when it originally opens.
While I am in the area I also plan on visiting the L.A. County Child Protection Agency. They should be able to say defensively, I hope, what ever happens to all of our placement records. It would be something to find out that there is a warehouse some place where all of our old placement records are kipped and all we had to do was to ask for them. Even if we learn that they where all destroyed. At least knowing just what happens to them would bring some closer.
Have to seen the "Metamorphoses of CBH in to BCH" page on Network of Care? At:http://www.localcommunities.org/servlet/lc_ProcServ/dbpage=p...
Would love to chat with any one from the home.
My e-mail is: chas93101[AT]yahoo[DOT]com.