Barracks memories

My grand-aunt Celeste and uncle Walter Murphy owned and lived in the historic Sonoma barracks, on the Plaza. They sold it to the state in the 1950s but lived there until their deaths, just months apart, in 1962.

Aunt Celie was the daughter of Harry Granice (my great grandfather), editor and publisher of The Sonoma Index-Tribune from 1884 until his death in 1915. Then Aunt Celie and Uncle Walter took over the family newspaper.

A Sonoma Valley High School and UC Berkeley graduate and avid historian (she wrote a local history book titled “The People of the Pueblo”), aunt Celie also wrote pageants based on local history that were performed at vintage festivals and other town celebrations.

I have several original copies of the scripts that I found in one the old boxes in my parents’ attic.

My father, Robert Lynch, who succeeded his aunt and uncle as editor and publisher in 1949, spent much of his childhood, teen and college years living with them in the barracks.

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