In this photo taken in the spring of 1944, members of the Blake family are enjoying a rare get-together at their home at 1539 E. 4th Street in Santa Ana. Older brother Bob, far right, had been in the army since 1941, and Dick, far left, had been drafted in ’43. Their parents, Al and Cecelia, were married in Omaha, Nebraska, and eventually settled in Santa Ana. Though Al wasn’t Jewish, Cecelia was, and the two boys were raised with the knowledge that they were Jewish, though not much else. After returning from the war, Dick joined Temple Beth Sholom’s Young Men’s League, and through a friend there met his wife Estelle. They had two children, a son and a daughter, and joined Temple Beth Tikvah, where they continue to be active members. Today they are the proud grandparents of 12 grandchildren and just celebrated their second grandchild’s wedding. Mazel Tov!
Dalia Taft is the archivist of the Orange County Jewish Historical Society and highlights images from the archives every month. For more information, please visit www.jewishorangecounty.org/historical. You can also contact Dalia at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (949) 435-3484, ext. 296.