Chino Valley Cemetery


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Unknown Unknown c0132pb.jpg C-132 B&W 1020.0132.0002 c0132pb 35mm Negative <2x3 Historic Photographs 1888-1982 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives

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Gravestone of Paul (b. 1888 - d. 1982) and Helen Hicha (b. 1894 - d. 1972) in the Chino Valley Cemetery. They both immigrated from Russia in the early 20th century. Paul was ordained as an Russian Orthodox priest in New York City and served as a spiritual leader in Massachusetts, Texas, Florida and Ohio. Paul and Helen had four children (2 sons and 2 daughters); their daughter Helen married into the Wells ranching family of Chino Valley. The grave inscription reads: "Give us grace, Lord, for the souls of your servants. Dear Lord forgive their sins - intentional and unintentional. Erase, God, all type of tears from their eyes. Our relatives, our friends, those that we know, please visit us because we are already home and you are still our guests." Chino Valley Cemetery consists of one acre of land deeded to the city by Herbert Rees (b. 1913 - d. 1970) to be used as a cemetery. The first graves date back to the 1920’s. Improvements have been made through the donations and efforts of volunteers.

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