The new gate to the Penrose cemetery
The original gate to the Penrose cemeteryThe peaceful and eternally quiet Penrose cemetery; usually some meadowlarks singing, which Mother would approve of. When I was 13 years old, Grandpa Wasden conscripted me and my cousin Dean House to help him build a concrete curb around the Wasden family plot. The weather was hot, we had to haul water from the nearby canal, I can't remember what Grandpa mixed the cement in, we shoveled sand and cement. Grandpa gave us boys his usual spiel about what he had done by the time he was our age, and asked what we could say we had accomplished by this time in our lives. My cousin Dean said "I'll remember being out here on this hot day in this hot cemetery putting a concrete curb around the family grave plot." Then, the cemetery was all rocks, cactus, and sagebrush. Later, a new cemetery district removed all of the original plot boundaries, planted grass and trees, and the Penrose Cemetery is now a beautiful and special place for our Wasden grandparents, our parents, and some of our other Wasden relatives.