(Documentary Artifact): Two b/w photographic prints of caskets at funeral of Max Morelli, his wife, Edith Morelli (maiden name Ponchetti) and Edith Morelli’s mother, Barbara Ponchetti, at the Mesa Chiquita Cemetery in Mesa Grande. Max Morelli’s casket is draped with the American flag. A priest stands behind caskets, large group is in background.
Notes on verso of prints:
Image 1: OP 15362-254/ 86:15900-1159/ IN REF BOOK/ [Possibly written by Davis:] Sept 15 1938/ Caskets & burial of/ Maxcy Morelli/ Edith ‘ / Barbara Poncella/ Mesa Chiquita Ind. cemetery/ [Stamped:] ED. H. DAVIS/ Mesa Grande, Calif.
Image 2: OP 15362-254/ 86:15900-1159/ 4/ IN REF BOOK/ [Possibly written by Davis:] Mesa Grande Sept 15 1938/ At the graves of Maxcy Morelli,/ his wife Edith Poncetta & Barbara/ Poncetta Edith’s mother./ [Stamped:] ED. H. DAVIS/ Mesa Grande, Calif.
According to additional information provided by the community on 11/2011: They died of tuna botulism poisoning. Their son (Eugene Morelli) was re-buried in Mesa Grande in 11/2011. He was a prisoner of war in Korea with the 15th Artillery Division.