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Lundstrom, Lucille L. – Obituary

Lucille L. Lundstrom, 76, an Aberdeen resident since 1979, died Tuesday March 27, 1990 at a local nursing home. She was born May 17, 1913. (Really June), in Ellensburg. She married Fred Lundstrom in 1939 at Ellensburg where they farmed for 14 years. He survives at the family home in Aberdeen. They lived in Stitzer, Wisconsin, where they farmed for nine years before returning to Ellensburg. They moved to Aberdeen from Ellensburg. She enjoyed needlework and crocheting, watching golf on television, gardening and reading. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Richard Lundstrom of Aberdeen and James Harrison of Mount Vernon; a daughter, Mrs. Gil (Betty) Rolie of Seattle; two sisters, Margaret Hinkle of Madras, Ore., and Dorothy Buroker of Auburn; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A cryptside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Fern Hill Mausoleum. Viewing will be at the Fern Hill Funeral Home until noon Friday. Additional information will be in the classified ad funeral notice column. Contributed by: Cathy...

Curtis, Vernon – Obituary

Vern Curtis, 71, a 43-year Aberdeen resident, died Monday [March 21, 1988] at a local nursing home. He was born March 2, 1917 in Winlock. He fought in the Army during World War II and is a member of the Aberdeen VFW No. 224 and a member of the IWA, Local 3-2. Survivors include a brother, Glen Curtis of Apache Junction, Ariz.; a sister, Dorothy Cabibi of Porterville, Calif. A military graveside service is set for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Winlock Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Cattermole Funeral Home in Winlock. Daily World, Aberdeen, March 23, 1988 Contributed by: Shelli...

Lucas, Emma A. Bean – Obituary

Mrs. Emma A. Lucas, 67, pioneer resident of Aberdeen and prominent worker in the Order of Eastern Star, died last night [May 24, 1928] at the family residence, 1701 West First Street following a several weeks’ illness. Mrs. Lucas was the widow of the late M. E. [Marshall Edward] Lucas and had lived in Aberdeen for more than 30 years. Mrs. Lucas was born in Junction City, Oregon, and came to Grays Harbor shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon. Soon after her arrival here, she became identified with Eastern Star work, and had served as secretary of Rhododendron Chapter for the past 20 years. She also served a term as Worthy Matron of the Aberdeen Chapter. She is survived by one daughter, Miss Julia A. Lucas, Aberdeen; five brothers, Federal Judge R. S. Bean, Portland; J. R. Bean, Portland; Dr. J. W. Bean, Ventura, California; L. E. Bean, Salem, Oregon, and C. O. Bean, Raymond; and by a sister, Mrs. W. W. Pope, Ventura. Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock Saturday morning at the Elerding Chapel. Rev. Charles McDermoth will officiate and interment will be in Fern Hill Cemetery. The Order of Eastern Star will conduct ritualistic services at the graveside. Contributed by: Shelli...

Curtis, Elmira Dorothea Champ – Obituary

Mrs. Elmira Curtis, 61, a resident of Aberdeen for the past 12 years, died last night [November 26] at a local hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Curtis was born in Winlock. She made her home here at 513 West Curtis Street and had been employed in various Harbor restaurants. Surviving are sons, Norman Curtis, Winlock, and Glen and Vern Curtis, both of Aberdeen, daughters, Mrs. Lois Audette, Aberdeen, and Mrs. Dorothy Cabibi, Terra Bella, Calif.; sisters, Mrs. Mae Olsen, Aberdeen; Mrs. Florence Leland, Seattle; Mrs. Godine McCoy, San Francisco, and Mrs. Geraldine Folkins, Fairfield, Wash.; brothers, Clifford and Jay Champ, both of Tacoma; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Winlock [Cemetery]. Aberdeen Daily World, November 27, 1954 Contributed by: Shelli...

Champ, Elvira ‘Ella’ Ackley – Obituary

Mrs. Ella A. Champ, 73, resident here for 30 years, died Saturday night at a local hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Champ was born at Hillsboro, Oregon, and had resided for a time at Winlock before coming to Aberdeen. The family home is at 308 West Market Street. Surviving are her husband, Willis Champ, at the residence, two sons, Clifford Champ, Tacoma, and Jay C. Champ, Aberdeen; daughters, Mrs. Elmira Curtis, Aberdeen; Mrs. Mae Olsen, Aberdeen; Mrs. Retha Lonquest, Portland; Mrs. Florence Leland, Seattle; Mrs. Goldie McCoy, San Francisco, and Mrs. Geraldine Folkins, Spokane; sisters, Miss Jennie Ackley, Winlock, and Mrs. Carrie McCloud, Chehalis; brothers, Byron Ackley, Winlock; George Ackley, Yakima, and Rodney Ackley, Seattle; five grandchildren who will act as pallbearers and several great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon in Elerding Chapel with the Rev. C. E. Kingsley officiating. Interment will follow in Fern Hill Cemetery. Aberdeen Daily World, March 3, 1947 Contributed by: Shelli...

Biographical Sketch of Samuel Benn

SAMUEL BENN. – There is a certain keenness amounting almost to prescience which enables a man to locate a successful town. The laws of a city’s development are so peculiar that few are able to make much of the riddle. Nevertheless some seem to know where to locate a townsite, and where to invest in real estate. It is a business instinct. Mr. Benn is one of these persons. He is the founder of Aberdeen. He was born in New York City, and, as a youth, learned the carpenter’s trade. In 1856 he came to San Francisco, and mined and built dams and flumes in Tuolumne county three years. His purpose to return home was changed by reports of the wealth and beauty of Washington Territory, whither he came in 1859, and settled at Milburn on the Chehalis. Here he lived nine years, clearing up a farm, – an arduous but eminently useful job. In 1867 he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land from the government and some four hundred more from Reuben Redman on the present site of Aberdeen, and in 1884 laid out the city, selling lots and improving the property. For three years subsequently he was occupied with farming, and in conducting the Washingtonian Cannery. He has now, however, retired from business, excepting such as is required by his property interests, which are extensive. His capital of one hundred dollars which he brought into the territory has become a handsome fortune. Mr. Benn was the first sheriff of Chehalis county, and has since held the office of assessor, county commissioner, and member of the...

Cassell, April Easter, Mrs. – Obituary

April, 55, passed away peacefully on the morning of May 19 due to complication associated with ovarian cancer. She was born in Aberdeen, Wash. and was the third of five close-knit children. She graduated from Montesano High School in 1972 as class valedictorian and from Washington State University, cum laude, in 1976 with a B.A. in Business Administration and specialty in Accounting. While at WSU she participated in a variety of collegiate activities including membership in Alpha Delta Pi sorority, rowing crew, and working as a teaching assistant. Upon graduation, April became a respected accountant and worked as a CPA at Preszler, Larner, Mertz & Company for five years. She went on to Columbia Bottlers Group Inc., where she was controller for six years. She retired in 1992. In 1981 she married the love of her life, Clyde Cassell. Together they resided at Mason Lake where they were active participants in their community. April appreciated the natural beauty of her surroundings and enjoyed daily walks, hikes in the nearby forests, and kayaking on the lake. April was an active member in the Mason Benson Club, participating in and organizing countless community and social events. She was a pianist in the Mason Lake Piano Quartet, a skilled knitter and fiber artist, and active in local politics. April was a woman of many talents and creative endeavors. She worked enthusiastically for the benefit of others-her engaging smile and willingness to lend a helping hand was a gift to many. Everything she did, she did with a happy heart. April is survived by her parents, Fred and Jennie Easter of Montesano, sister...

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