Bert D. Matheny. Oakdale - Private graveside services will be conducted Tuesday at the Oak Lawn Memorial Park for Bert D. Matheny, 73, who died Friday in a local hospital. Friends may call at the Oakdale Memorial Chapel until tomorrow night. A native of Minnesota, he came here from Missouri 27 years ago. He was a retired engineer and maintenance man for the Hunt-Wesson Foods Co. [A large tomato cannery in Oakdale.] He leaves his widow, Ruby; two brothers, Roy of Montana and Lynn Matheny of Oregon. [Modesto Bee, page C-4, Sunday, 24 January 1971]
Ruby M. Matheny, 79, Oakdale.
Died:Thursday in Oakdale.
Services: Graveside at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Oaklawn Memorial Park. Oakdale Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Background: Native of Missouri. Lived in Oakdale since 1942. Retired cook for Cloverland School in Oakdale. Member of the Oakdale Senior Citizens.
Survivors: One sister.
[Modesto Bee, Page B-4 Sunday, 13 July 1986]
Note a couple of things - The Bee changed to an abbreviated form of obituary in the late 1970's Bert got the long form, Ruby the short. One has "Oak Lawn", one has "Oaklawn". The Obit page is where cub reporters get their training, very often, and just because it is in the newspaper doesn't mean it is true.
Oakdale bills itself the "Ladino Clover capital of the World". There are an awful lot of small cattle operations in and around Oakdale. They also bill themselves the "Cowboy Capital of the World." It is really the "Cowboy Capital" of Stanislaus County. People at the south end of the county tend to have orchards, not cows.
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