Wednesday, February 18, 2009


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Janne's reflection at Bergamot Station - Santa Monica

Saturday, February 14, 2009


Jonathan Fletcher 1931 Graduation photo. (click on images to enlarge)
Clyde Fletcher wrote his daughter Katherine on Oct. 27, “Jonathan will be 17 tomorrow, he is some good kid.” Perhaps the father didn’t feel quite as positively when late one night, he left the house only in his underwear and a straw hat, to pull Jonathan and his car out of a ditch.
Jonathan Fletcher at the University of Iowa
At the height of the Great Depression Jonathan Fletcher went off to the University of Iowa. His once affluent parents were now burdened with a lifestyle unsupportable by the times. Jonathan hid his family’s money status and took a job once viewed as suitable for poor boys. For economic reasons he shared living quarters with several other young men, despite the noise and inconvenience.
Jonathan's mother Jennie described her son’s room as “decorated with pennants, pictures and calendars.” She wasn’t overly concerned with the arrangements since “Jonathan is surely the most level headed fellow you ever saw.”
Jonatha is elected captian of the University of Iowa’s tennis team. In 1935, he graduated from the University of Iowa

Jonathan Fletcher as a young man.

Jonathan Fletcher 1940

Jonatha is elected captain of the University of Iowa’s tennis team.
His first job was in the State of California work for a New Deal Agency created by the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration.


Jonathan Fletcher at age one. (click on images to enlarge)
Jonathan Moss Fletcher was the third child of Jennie (Moss) and Clyde Beals Fletcher. He was born on the 28th of October 1914 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
Jonathan Fletcher was named for the son of his father’s one-time employer Ed Garst, Jonathan Garst. Clyde’s best friend Jonathan Garst would eventually become a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Jonathan adored sports when he was a boy. His letters to his sister Katherine in 1923 are filled with hero worship, talk about the University of Iowa's Hawkeyes and West High’s football champs. But, football wasn’t Jonathan’s only sports interest; he busied himself with tennis and baseball too.

Jonathan Fletcher in his "knickers".

Jonathan Fletcher 1930

1931, October Jonathan Graduates from Roosevelt High School at 17.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Winter Blossom - Long Beach Art Museum - by Janne Fecht 2009 (click on image to enlarge)

Happy Birthday to our dear kinswoman Katherine Jean Fletcher. Katy is our family treasure.