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#1 robinb

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:10 PM

I found both of these knives locally but several years apart. The both appear to be made by the same hands. In fact, the makers put their names on one. Gordon Morse Jacobs and Lawrence Edward Breceda from Hornbrook California. The maker marked knife is also named to Curtis Claude Gilley who was a T3 in the US Army during WW2. The other knife is marked to Clyde McKiddy and dated 1944.

 Using my computer I found that all four men came from Hornbrook. The makers appear to both have worked together in the county shops in road repair. Hornbrook during WW2 had a population of about 320 people.

If anyone can find anything about McKiddy and his military service I would appreciate the help.

 

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#2 sundance

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:42 PM

Great knives and great that they're named.



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:39 AM

robinb- These look well made. Fantastic provenance!  SKIP



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:17 AM

Wow, just wow.



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:39 AM

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:45 AM

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:45 AM

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:46 AM

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:46 AM

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:47 AM

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:47 AM

Publication: The Fresno Bee The Republican  

Location: Fresno, California

Issue Date: Wednesday, March 18, 1942

Page: Page 13

 

Chowchilla Brothers Serve In U. S. Army

CHOWCHILLA (Madura Co.) March 18.

 

The Fighting McKiddys, all five of them, are now in the United Stales Army. Everett McKiddy is the last of the five sons of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde McKiddy of Chowchilla to join the armed forces. Clayton McKiddy, who was graduated from the Chowchilla High School in 1939, is in the army; air corps in the Pacific area. Rolland, the baby of the quintet, joined the army a year ago last March after attending the local high school two years. The eldest of the clan, Clyde McKiddy, Jr., has served in the United States Cavalry ten years. Everett, he next eldest, also is a cavalryman, and Louis is a corporal with the ski troops. The parents keep in touch with their soldier sons as well as the circumstances of war permit and declare themselves very proud of all five.



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:10 AM

Wow! Great information. Many thanks for the research.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:29 AM

Wow! Great information. Many thanks for the research.

 

You're welcome.  Great knives by the way.  Love em!



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:00 PM

Great research and I love the knives. I love handmade knives with the GI's name on them.

Edited by groserm, 06 December 2018 - 06:01 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:46 PM

I have to wonder how both knives ended up in my collection. Both were found in Salem, Oregon, at flea markets, years apart. With a population of only 320 in 1940, how many men could have ended up in the military for WW2? A dozen maybe? Did the 2 guys making the knives donate them to local boys only? Are there any more known examples out there?



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:29 PM

Oregon, Breceda, and Jacobs ties.  -- Matt

 

Publication: Medford Mail Tribune  

Location: Medford, Oregon

Issue Date: Friday, October 10, 1958

Page: Page 19

 

With the arrival of Gordon Wesley Breceda on Oct. 1, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Breceda became grandparents for the second time. The baby, born to their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Breceda of Ashland, at the Ashland General hospital, weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces. He was named for Gordon Jacobs of Hornbrook, longtime friend of the Breceda family. The baby has a two-year-old brother, Larry. Mrs. Lawrence Breceda is at her son's home in Ashland for a few days.

 

 

 

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:08 PM

That's some good detective work!



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Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:44 AM

That's some good detective work!

 

Thank you.  Found this just this morning.

 

Publication: Ukiah Daily Journal  

Location: Ukiah, California

Issue Date: Wednesday, September 9, 1992

Page: Page 14

 

OBITUARIES

 

Curtis C. Gilley Former Ukiahan Curtis C. Gilley, 70, of Rogue Rive, Ore., died Saturday, Sept. 5, 1992, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Eversole Mortuary in Ukiah. Masonic graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Ukiah cemetery on Low Gap Road. Mr. Gilley was born Aug. 18, 1922, in Wiggins, Miss. He moved to Hornbrook as a young boy and graduated from Yreka High School in 1940. He served five years in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 7th Infantry Division's 184th Infantry Brigade. On June 27, 1948, he married the former Marjorie Cleveland in Willits. Most of his life was spent as a locomotive engineer working for several different railroads, including Southern Pacific in Dunsmuir, Northwest Pacific Railroad in Eureka and with the Union Pacific Railroad in Oroville, from which he retired March 30, 1986. Mr. Gilley lived in Ukiah for many years, owning several small businesses. He also worked for Mendocino State Hospital for five years as stationary engineer in the boiler room. He also lived in Anchorage, Alaska, and was a general foreman of the Alaska pipeline. After retiring he did some traveling and fishing and moved to Rogue River in August 1991. He was a member of Abell Lodge No. 146, F&AM in Ukiah, and Elks Lodge No. 1728, also in Ukiah, and the Achmes Shrine in Oakland. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and gold mining. Mr. Gilley is survived by his wife, Marjorie, also of Rogue River, his daughter Yvonne Gilley of Santa Rosa; his grandson Joshua Stremich of Santa Rosa; three sisters, Muriel Heath of Bull Head City, Ariz., Mallie Dye of Montague, and Martha Brown of Roseburg, Ore.; two brothers, Alfred Gilley of Ashland, Ore., and Kensley Gilley of San Jose; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 1701 19th Ave., San Fransisco; the Rogue Valley Medical Center Home Health Services Hospice Program on Barnett Road in Medford, Ore.; or the American Cancer Society.

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:00 AM

Outstanding!



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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:46 AM

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:47 AM

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