Fred Raymond Woodhurst

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Fred Raymond Woodhurst was born on January 18th 1898 [IGI: Batch 8821801] in Missouri to parents Robert Cook Woodhurst and his wife Ann Eliza Jane (nee) Slaughter. A delayed birth certificate for him issued in 1946 gives his birthplace as Perry in Ralls Co., whilst a relative reports that Fred was born at Florida in Monroe Co. Possibly neither of these is correct.

The US 1900 Census finds him living with his parents in Salt River township, Ralls County in Missouri and gives his age as "3" and his birthdate as January 1897, the latter year evidently mistaken.

The US 1910 Census finds him at age "13" living with his parents in the household of his grandfather Hazard (1) in Salt River township.

In WW1 he served in the US Army. He enlisted in the Army Air Service in 1917 and was sent to Fort McDowell; the latter is not clearly identified, but may have been located in San Francisco.

The US 1920 Census finds him at age "23" living in the household of his brother John Virgil in North Bend, Coos Co., Oregon where he was occupied (like his brother) as a logger in a logging camp.

He married Lora Susan (nee) Cox on December 4th 1922 at Bandon in Coos Co. [IGI: Batch 8821801]. She was born at Langlois in Curry Co., Oregon on October 14th 1904 to parents Robert Lee Cox and his wife Evaline Louise (nee) Anderson. Some sources spell her first name as Laura.

The US 1930 Census finds him at age "31" living with Lora and their child Mary Louise at 841, North Henry Street in Coquille, Coos Co. and occupied as a logging camp scaler. A scaler was a rather specialized and skilled occupation involving the selection, measuring and grading of timber.

The US 1940 Census finds the family living at the same address in Coquille and Fred working as a fireman at a plywood mill.

His WW2 Draft Registration Card issued in about 1942 gives his age as "44", his address as 841, North Henry Street and his employer as Smith Wood Products Co.

By 1942 they had moved to Eugene City, Lane Co. in Oregon where a Directory shows them living at 857, Lincoln Street, with Fred working for the company Aberdeen Ply.

In 1947, while living at this same address, Fred was involved in a road traffic accident with other vehicles in Franklin Boulevard while "driving a bus owned by the South Fork Lumber Company", incurring only minor damage [The Eugene Guard, issue of November 19th].

Lora died at Eugene on March 6th 1952 and was cremated there on March 8th. She had been residing at 251, Kinney Loop.

Two years later, on April 25th 1954, Fred remarried at Klamath Falls in Klamath Co., Oregon to a widow "Dixie" Laurine Charlotte (nee Taylor) McInturf. She had been born on May 13th 1913 in Lewiston, Nez Perce Co., Idaho.

Fred's marriage to "Dixie" was short-lived - by July she was being summoned to appear before the Circuit Court in Klamath County to defend a claim by Fred for divorce.

The following year Fred died prematurely, on November 13th 1956. His death certificate states that he had died at the Lincoln Hospital in Toledo after a six-day stay there following a logging accident on November 8th. The cause of death was "multiple fractures of pelvis & ribs due to log rolled on him in woods". It had rolled over him during a "bucking" process (cutting a felled tree trunk into segments). His funeral service took place on November 16th at the Poole-Larsen Chapel, followed by cremation.

"Dixie" subsequently remarried in 1960 to John Emry Boulware from whom she was divorced in 1961. She remarried yet again in 1962 to Buckley Walter Packer and divorced from him in 1971.

His child by Lora Susan Cox

  1. Mary Louise Woodhurst

Mary Louise was born on March 19th 1925 at North Bend in Coos Co. On December 29th 1946 at Eugene she married Wilbur Calvin Haskins by whom she had four children. Wilbur was one of three childen born to Calvin Newton Haskins and his wife Vena Irene (nee) Moore. He was born on February 7th 1919 and died at Merrill, Klamath Co. on May 9th 1983. Mary Louise died in Redmond, King Co. in Oregon on January 25th 1999 and was buried at the I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Foresters] Cemetery at Merrill.

His children by Laurine Charlotte Taylor

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