Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Pray Always - copyright 1936 - gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2009 by Gerald Fecht (click on image to enlarge)

Children in Catholic families, in the 1940s and 50s, were often given miniature prayer books at the time of their First Communion. Jerry Fecht brought this book of prayers and instructions with him from Everett, Washington. He received it in 1946 at Immaculate Conception Church.
Jerry used it during Sunday Masses at Saint Ferdinand's Church in San Fernando, when he was in the 4th grade.
In 1948, Jerry lived with his parents and older sister Genevieve in a one-car, unfinished garage at 10607 Tamarac Street in Pacoima, California.

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