A story about barber George Billingsley gave the incorrect location for the shop where he works. The Barber Shop is at 150 Chestnut St., Brentwood.
Last weekend longtime Pittsburg resident Ray Frost added another year to his century mark, celebrating his 101st birthday with his family at Buchanan Park, one of his favorite places.
Family members were determined to host his party on his actual birthday of Aug. 16, but the park was already in use. This didn't bother Frost in the least, who waited until Aug. 19 to celebrate the big day.
"He really wanted to have his big event at the park so we just waited," said his daughter, Betty Conner, also of Pittsburg. Frost has a lot of happy memories of the park watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow.
Born in Louisiana in 1911, Frost moved to Pittsburg in December of 1945 after speaking with his brother-in-law about the possibility of finding a good job in the area. After coming home from war, his brother-in-law had landed at Camp Stoneman and like many servicemen, made the Pittsburg area home finding a job at the local steel mill.
"My father traveled out here on his own to see if he could get a job," Conner said. "The rest of the family came out to California by January 1946."
Frost and his wife, of 76 years, Maggie, had nine children, including five boys and four girls. Conner
Frost worked at the U.S. Steel for 36 years before he retired. For most of his life he loved to garden, his daughter said. She can remember years where there was so many fruits and vegetables from the garden that Frost would give it away to co-workers and neighbors so it wouldn't go bad.
"One year he grew a 54 pound watermelon and got written up in the papers about it," she said. "He loved that."
During his retirement Frost took up a passion for Western movies. According to Conner, he's seen many of them several times, but when she mentions it to him, he tells her "it doesn't matter, they are all just so good to watch."
Frost was a pillar of his church and worked with the volunteer efforts of the Masons, as well as sang with the choir.
"He was very active with the church for a long time," Conner said.
One of the things he misses now in his older years, his daughter says, is fishing and hunting deer, but he makes up for it by doing other things.
"He won't miss a baseball game, and although he is a big Giants fan, he doesn't care who plays, he'll watch any game that is on," Conner said.
Conner said that there are certain things her father does like clockwork and one of those things is read the paper every morning, "without glasses" as he is proud to say.
"It's always sports and the obit section first," she said.
Frost lives in his own home in Pittsburg with one of the grandchildren he helped raise, Robert Gardner.
"That is just the way he wants it," she said. "He loves being in Pittsburg."
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