Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Mildred Fecht, grand daughter of Josiah Crites - right
Photograph courtesy of Mary Genevieve Rebbe

Mildred Fecht was the wife of William Thomas Fecht. She worked for much of her adult life as a "practical" or vocational nurse. She worked in Washington, California and Nebrasaka. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011


It is with profound sadness that I share this information with our family.
Larry Fecht, the son of Althea and Frank Fecht has died near his home in Mexico, Missouri.  According to his sister, our kinswoman Jo Ann, Larry had suffered a stroke resulting from a blood clot and was in the Audrain Hospital.
Larry passed away on the 20th of October 2011.  Burial arrangements are being made at the Arnold Funeral home in Mexico. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011


These are candid photographs taken of the wedding of Damon and Rebecca Fecht on July 3, 2011 at Orcutt Ranch in Chatsworth, California. Our lifelong friend Linda Moore captured these images.

 Rebecca and Damon share their wedding kiss, while Jake closes his eyes over such mushy stuff. Behind Jake is best man Ryan Bates.

 The newest Fecht family is introduced to guests under a great English oak tree.

 Rebecca and Damon share their wedding dance on the patio of historic Orcutt Ranch.

 The new Fecht family leaves the wedding ceremony.

Janne Fecht enjoys getting her son Damon to smile on his wedding day. Behind them Dave Tulk dances with his daughter Rebecca.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Most veterans, returning home at the conclusion of WWII, were determined to make the American dream a reality. Thousands of homes were built in the San Fernando Valley, and many young vets, like Joe Hosler and Jim Fecht started their own businesses. Jim and Joe bought a pickup truck, acquired electrical contractors' licenses, and opened up shop. These images were among the effects donated to The Museum by James Fecht just before his death. (click on images to enlarge)
 Photo 2722 - Pickup truck belonging to James Fecht and Joseph Hosler - 1949

 Photo 2721 - left Joe Hosler, right James Fecht with their new truck.  1949 - North Hollywood, gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jim Fecht 2009.

Photo 2723 - James Fecht in North Hollywood, California in 1949. The location was on Elmer Avenue, an area removed for the construction of the 101 freeway. Jim was a World War II Marine.

Friday, September 24, 2010

JODY FECHT c. 1944

Jody Fecht, Mexico R-Co’s coon dog fancier, poses with four of his pets. The matched pair of “reds” ... are the money, having picked up an impressive array of ribbons at shows. The frisky pup who chose to turn his back on the camera is a new acquisition. His intensive hunting training is just beginning. 
Note: Mexico R-Co is likely a brick factory called the Mexico Refractory Company.
This article was among James L. Fecht's files. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Fecht and Donaldson Visit Friends at Plant (very likely the Mexico Refractory Company  in Mexico, Missouri).

Thomas Fecht                   Frank Donaldson
(click on image to enlarge) 

"Looking things over at the plant where they formerly worked, Tom Fecht S 1-C (Seaman First Class) and Frank Donaldson, AMM 2-C took time off from their visiting long enought to be snapped by the Staff Photographer.
  Tom, who formerly was a wheeler on the Dock, recently returned from the Pacific Theater, where he participated in the invasion of Mindanao. He is a gunner on a VP - invasion craft. He wears ribbons for the American Theater , Asiatic- Pacific Theater, and Philipines Liberation with one star.
 Frank, who has been in the Navy for 18 months, is stationed in Nevada. His duties call for engine changes on airplanes. Frank's two brothers, Elmer and Walter, also former Mexico Refractory Company employees are in the service.

Our kinsman Thomas Wayne Fecht was born on the 3rd of January 1926 in Mexico, Audrain County, Missouri. He was the son of Leonora Pearl (Hall) and Lawrence Matthew Fecht.
This newsletter was found in the effects of James L. Fecht in Tarzana, California 2009.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Saint Brendan High School Baseball Team. Upper left corner is Robert Fecht. I am awaiting his identification of the other team members. Year unknown.