Richard Louis Singer

November 03, 2001

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley for former Imperial Valley resident Richard Louis Singer, 83, who died Wednesday in Mesa, Ariz. after a long illness.

He will be buried next to his late wife, Anna, in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Singer was born June 6, 1918, in Danube Township, N.Y. to Fred and Mabel Singer.

As a teen-ager, Mr. Singer and his brothers were always chipping industrial grade diamonds from the local area rocks. They are called "Herkimer Diamonds" and the boys sold them to local businesses.

He also worked as a farmhand and volunteered for the Army Air Corps in World War II. After the war, he went to work as a welder and had a radiator repair business in Beatty, Nev.

Mr. Singer worked several years in the silver mines in Nevada and learned the mining trade. After meeting and marrying Anna Glambis, they decided to prospect for gold at the base of the Chocolate Mountains in eastern Imperial County.


They worked over 30 years in the desert and succeeded in finding gold. They fought their way through several leases until their dream was realized and the Mesquite Mine was built, creating hundreds of jobs. The mine has yielded more than 2 million ounces of gold.

Mr. Singer was versed in many fields and could do just about anything with his masterful hands, according to family. He would take a torch to a rock and could tell by the colors and the temperature at which the rock melted, its composition.

He loved country music and played the guitar and harmonica. He frequently entertained friends and family. He was a kind, gentle and loving man with a great sense of humor and a loving smile, according to family.

Mr. Singer is survived by his brother, Leo; daughter, Bonnie; stepson, Steve; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.



No formal services will be for Daisy Griswold Blaisdell, 91, of Holtville, who died Wednesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Blaisdell was born Oct. 14, 1910, in Calexico. She married Humphrey Blaisdell on Oct. 7, 1935, in Yuma. He died Sept. 8, 2000.

Mrs. Blaisdell attended Calexico schools, graduating form Calexico High School. She started her teaching career at Seeley School in 1931. She then taught at Hoffman School in Calexico from 1932-1935. Forced to stop by the depression-era regulation prohibiting married women from teaching, she resumed her career in 1937 in Calexico, and then moved to El Centro until 1953.

Mrs. Blaisdell then taught in El Paso, Texas public schools for five years. She returned to El Centro in 1958 and taught kindergarten at Hedrick Elementary School, then DeAnza Elementary School until retiring in 1976.

According to family, when Mrs. Blaisdell was asked to state her philosophy on education, she wrote: "If the element of fear of failure could be eliminated and confidence substituted, the balance of the teacher's task would be comparatively easy. Confidence in one's abilities is one of the greatest assets children can have. The element of fear is the most destructive because it is learned through unfortunate experiences."

Survivors include her daughter, Virginia Blaisdell of New Haven, Conn.; son, Joe Blaisdell of Los Angeles; granddaughter, Melissa Mallia of New Haven and great-granddaughter, Joleyan Mallia of New Haven.

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