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Brick Dedication Ceremony
Shown, a brick dedicated to the memory of Blake Barry. The brick was installed at the Escalon First Firehouse Monument adjacent to the citys Main Street Park on Saturday, Sept. 26. Photo Courtesy Of David Russell


Dedication day on Saturday brought a group of 40 family members, friends, and representatives of the Escalon Historical Society members together at the First Firehouse Monument in Main Street Park as the latest order of bricks was put in place by local contractor Roger Peters. The gathering had been arranged by George Olmos of Riverbank for his sister Juanita Barry Bovee to observe the placing of the brick commemorating the life of his nephew, her son, Blake Ryan Barry.

He had been killed on Dec. 29, 2013, by a hit-and-run driver in Waterford. A pastor from Merced spoke a few words to those assembled who had come from Oakdale, Riverbank and Patterson. Blake’s mother said a few words about how her son would appreciate those present enjoying a few moments of joy in his memory. Although a reward was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this hit and run death, thus far no one has been apprehended.

The newest bricks were installed on the west side of, or behind, the monument. Society President Barb Willis said the brick fundraiser will continue.

“Although there is only room remaining in the original plot for six bricks, discussions are underway for expansion and a new configuration for the layout of future bricks,” Willis said.

Meanwhile, even as the Historical Society continues its brick fundraiser, they are seeing the Eagle Scout project for refurbishing the historic Main Street Park caboose continue, with several scouts working on the effort over the weekend. Work started with power washing of the caboose. Look for an update on the project in the Oct. 7 issue of The Times.

Also, the society is planning a fall fundraising Senior Craft Show at the museum on Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are seeking vendors, aged 50 and over, to participate and those already signed up will have items including homemade birdhouses, ornaments, wristlets, gift boxes, and more.

“To date four vendors have signed up, agreeing to pay the $10 space rental fee, leaving space for one or two more,” Willis noted. “Gift wrapping will be available by museum volunteers with donations being gladly appreciated.”

To sign up or for more information, call Willis at 838-6471.