Germantown Kids: Owen Alvey Basil


Turning once again to the photograph of children in the Germantown neighborhood of Annapolis, MD, we have Owen Alvey Basil, Sr (1914-1990) who was also known as Butch.

Owen was the son of Frank Nelson Basil (1875-1960) and Carrie Lavinia Brown (1877-1920). Frank was a butcher with a stall in the Annapolis Market and Butch followed in his father’s footsteps as the owner and operator of Frank Basil & Son Incorporated before switching to a career in real estate. Butch married Betty Brooks (1916-1985) and they had four daughters and two sons. The Brooks and Basil families have deep roots in Annapolis.

Butch’s obituary, which appeared in The Capital on 17 October 1990, informed that “A high point of his life was his active participation in Alcoholics Anonymous” and that he was a founder of a halfway house for recovering alcoholics called Samaritan House. He served as president of the Optimist Club and was a member of the Annapolis Elks Lodge.

Butch and Betty are buried in the Saint Anne’s Cedar Bluff Cemetery in Annapolis (146886053 and 146886075).

In the 1930 Census the Basil family resided at 447 West Street, Annapolis, an address that no longer exists. As we go along we’ll see that the children in the photograph lived near to each other.

Germantown Kids: Owen Alvey Basil

Germantown Kids: Lois and Buster Herty


The above photograph depicts a group of children living in Germantown, a neighborhood of Annapolis, the capital city of Maryland. I am not yet sure of the occasion for this photograph, or its exact date and location, but perhaps these details will become known as I write about the more of the children. Please feel free to chime in with theories.

The detail photographs below depict children of Harold Burton Herty (1891-1978) and Margaret H. McClure (1896-1971). Harold was a career U.S. Navy officer who retired as a Captain (O-6) in 1947. He began his seagoing life circa 1913 as a wireless operator aboard the SS Marowijne, a vessel operated by the Tropical Fruit S. S. (Steamship) Company sailing between New Orleans and Central America. He apparently joined the Naval Reserve circa 1917.  By 1918 he was an ensign stationed at Naval Station New Orleans where the first two of their three children were born. He was transferred to temporary duty at the Naval Experimental Station at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1922 and their third child, Charles Samuel Herty (1922-2004) was born there.





The girl in the detail to the right is Mona Lois Herty (1918-1992). She was born in New Orleans, LA. In 1940 she was living with her mother in San Diego, CA and owned her own beauty parlor. At some point after 1943 she married Culver Salisbury Bostwick (1922-2010). I don’t think they had children. Their earthly remains reside in a mausoleum in Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA. (100886896 and 100886809)










To the right is Harold Burton “Buster” Herty, Jr. (1919-1943) who was born in Annapolis, MD. While living in Vallejo, CA in 1941 he was the the first person to have his name inscribed on a plaque commemorating the selection of the outstanding cadet at the Long Beach (CA) Naval Reserve Aviation Base. Lieutenant (JG) Herty was killed in an aircraft accident in Pensacola, FL in December 1943. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery (49203142).









Both siblings were members of the June 1937 Senior Class of Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego.




Germantown Kids: Lois and Buster Herty