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Thomas Maxwell Was Watermaster
Thomas W. Maxwell, 73, of Haines, Oregon, a life time resident of Baker and Haines area, passed away Friday, September 19, 1986 at the V.A. Hospital in Seattle, Washington following a short illness. Funeral services for Mr. Maxwell will be conducted Thursday, Sept. 25, 1986 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Rev. Greg Eicher of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will follow at the Haines Cemetery.
Mr. Maxwell was born on April 25, 1913 in Haines, Oregon to Wallace J. and Ethel Cartmill Maxwell. He attended schools in Rock Creek and High School in Haines.
He followed in his father’s footsteps, succeeding him in being watermaster of the Baker Valley for several years. He was a lifetime member of the Powder River Sportsman Club and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a veteran of WWII. He was stationed in Georgia. He liked hunting, fishing, and trapping.
He is survived by a special friend, Edna Royles of Haines, Oregon; a sister Dortha Peterson of Seattle, Washington;his brother-in-law, Gifford Parker of North Powder, Oregon; a step mother, Fronia Maxwell of Baker, Oregon, five nieces and two nephews and step grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a sister and two brothers.
Friends who wish may contribute in his memory to the Haines Cemetery. This may be done through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.
Source: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, September, 1986
Contributed by: Belva Ticknor