Miscellaneous Kern County, California Obituaries

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Bakersfield Californian, Monday, May 11, 1942
    PIONEER DIES
Ivor Salmon, Resident for 42 years, Passes
       Funeral services for Ivor Salmon, 64, resident of Kern County since
1900 will be held at Greenlawn Chapel at 2 p.m. Tuesday under the direction
of Caledonia Lodge 486, F&AM of which he was a member. The Rev. John Murdock
will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
       Mr. Salmon came to Bakersfield 42 years ago from Coal Creek, Colo. He
was a pioneer in the Kern oil industry and at the time of his death was
employed by Edison Oil Co. Edison.
       Mr. Salmon passed away Saturday at a local hospital after an illness
of 2 weeks. Surviving are his wife Mrs. Esther Davis Salmon; a daughter, Mrs.
John Haddon of Santa Monica; two grandchildren, Joan and Jacqueline Haddon;
and two brothers, William Salmon, Fullerton and David Salmon of Florence,
Colo.
       Pallbearers will be F. A. Utzerath, Kendall Graham, Ben Holloway,
Nelson Torpey, Alfred Salmon and J. A. Scott. Oscar Heather will be soloist
at the services accompanied by Larry Blane, organist.

Bakersfield Californian, Wednesday, June 30, 1954
Salmon, Esther - The Rev William Eisenhower will conduct funeral services
Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Greenlawn Chapel for Esther Salmon, 70, who died
June 29 in her home, 2831 Edison Hwy., Bakersfield. Burial will follow in
Greenlawn Memorial Park. the deceased was born April 23, 1884, in Scranton,
Pennsylvania. She had lived here for 45 years and was a member of the
Pocahontas and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors
include a daughter, Mrs. Lillian Haddon, Santa Monica; two grandchildren,
Joan Bowden, Chicago and Jacqueline Haddon, Santa Monica. Pallbearers will be
Nelson Torpey, Alfred Salmon, John Haddon, & Dwight Dawson.

Bakersfield Californian, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1980
SUSIE SALMON DIES
       Private services will be held for Susie L. Salmon, 102, widow of a
worker in the early Westside oil fields. Mrs. Salmon died Monday in a
Bakersfield Convalescent home. She will be buried in Fullerton.
       Nettie Richards of Kern City, Mrs. Salmon's daughter said her mother
was born in Pennsylvania on Dec. 20, 1877. She moved to CA after the turn of
the century. Her husband, who died in 1943, worked in the Kern oil fields and
was associated with General Petroleum.
       Mrs. Salmon lived in Fullerton for 46 years, until moving to
Bakersfield 3 years ago, about the same time her son Wilfred died.
       In addition to Mrs. Richards, survivors include three grandchildren, 7
great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

Bakersfield Californian, Saturday, Jan. 8, 1949
       Semar, Harry Morgan - funeral service for Harry Morgan Semar, Famoso
Cafe owner who died Jan 5 on his fifty-fourth birthday will be held at 11
a.m. Monday in the Jones Chapel, Wasco with the Rev. Ted Mouser officiating.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. A native of Missouri, he is
survived by his wife, Geneva Semar; two sons, Glenn and Harlyn Semar, Famoso;
three brothers, Lee and Oscar Semar, Bakersfield, Clarence Semar, St. Louis,
MO; and four sisters, Mrs. Dave Marler, Mrs. Leola Moors, Mrs. Edith Dragoo
and Mrs. Furman Coleman all of St. Louis. The Robert L. Jones Funeral Home,
Wasco has charge of arrangements

Bakersfield Californian, Tuesday, May 19, 1964
       Semar, Oscar William - The Rev. Ted Mouser will officiate at funeral
services for Oscar William Semar, 70, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robert L.
Jones - Wasco funeral Home. Mr. Semar was born in St. Louis, MO, Aug. 29,
1893 and had lived in Kern County 15 years and in California 38 years. He
died in a Bakersfield hospital Saturday. For many years he had operated his
own cafe. He was a veteran of World War II, having enlisted in 1917 in Miami,
Okla. in the Quartermaster Corps. Two brothers survive, Lee and Clarence
Semar of Bakersfield; and four sisters, Mrs. Dave Marler, Mrs. Leola Moors,
Mrs. Edith Dragoo and Mrs. Furman Coleman, all of St. Louis, MO. Interment
will be in Wasco Cemetery.

Bakersfield Californian, Monday, Jan. 6, 1964
       O'Gwin, Charlie Foster - funeral services will be conducted in the
Memorial Chapel at Greenlawn Mortuary on Tuesday, at 8:30 a.m. for Charlie
Foster O'Gwin, 81, 2012 Nineteenth Street, who died Jan. 4 in a Bakersfield
rest home. A native of Texas he had resided in California for 29 years and in
Kern County for 15 years. Mr. O'Gwin had worked in the farming industry for
45 years. Rev. J. Wesley Farr will officiate at the services and interment
will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Park. Survivors include his widow, Eva;
four daughters, Leona Curtis of Nevada; Helen Hoffman of San Francisco;
Louise Lyons of LaJolla and Opal May of Bakersfield; one son Hugh O'Gwin of
Okla., one brother Curtis O'Gwin of Arizona, 9 grandchildren and 5 great
grandchildren.

Bakersfield Californian, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1975
       O'Gwin, Eva - services were held at Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel Monday
for Mrs. Eva O'Gwin, 86, 2016A Nineteenth Street, who died in a Bakersfield
hospital Feb. 23. the Rev. Kenneth Adams pastor of the First Methodist Church
will officiate. Mrs. O'Gwin had been a resident of Bakersfield 28 years and
was a member of the First Methodist Church. Survivors include four daughters,
Opal May and Leona Miller of Bakersfield, Helen Hoffman of MO, and Louise
Lyons of San Diego; a son, Hugh O'Gwin of Okla; 10 grandchildren and 10 great
grandchildren. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Bakersfield Californian, Wednesday, March 10, 1965
       Slack, Anna Rachel - funeral services will be held in Payne and Sons
Chapel Thursday at 2:30 p.m. for Anna Rachel Slack, 83, of 506 G Street, who
died in a Bakersfield hospital March 8. The Rev. Carlton Ellis of the Central
Southern Baptist Church will officiate. Security Chapter 426 Order Eastern
Star will conduct graveside services. Interment will follow in the Haven of
Rest section of Union Cemetery. Mrs. Slack, a native of Edwards County,
Texas, had resided in Kern County 54 years. she was a member of the Security
Chapter 426 Order Eastern Star and the Central Baptist Church. Survivors
include a daughter, Margaret Jones of Bakersfield; two sons, Delbert of
Bakersfield and Elmer N. of Long Beach; a sister, Esther Conus of Texas; a
nephew, Homer Keese of Bakersfield; 5 grandchildren and 4 great
grandchildren. Pallbearers will be rusty Hargis, Shelby Woods, Gene Barber,
Walter Sheffield, Joe Pruitt and Harvey Whitten.

Bakersfield Californian, Thursday, March 1, 1945
       Ragsdale, James - funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. in Redlands,
with interment there in the Hillside Cemetery for James Ragsdale, 92, who
died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. A. Moore of 434 E Street, Taft on
Feb. 28. Born in Ohio on June 27, 1852, Mr. Ragsdale came to Taft 4 years ago
to make his home with his daughter. He is survived by two other daughters,
Mrs. Sarah Ballinger of Ardmore, Okla., and Mrs. Delia Hennon of Los Angeles;
four sons, Charles H. Ragsdale and Stephen A. Ragsdale of Desert Center; Will
S. Ragsdale of Janesville, Ohio, and Arthur Ragsdale of Bloomfield, Nebraska;
27 grandchildren, 83 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren and
other relatives.

Bakersfield Californian, Monday, April 7, 1941
Keith, Henry Walker - services for Mr. Keith, 54, of Bodfish, will be held at
Woodland. Time and date are pending. Mr. Keith was a laborer at Bodfish and
had lived in the city three years. He passed away in a local hospital
yesterday. He leaves a son, Kenneth Walker Keith, Knightslanding, CA; and a
brother, A. L. Keith of Bodfish. Hopson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
 

Bakersfield Californian, Monday, October 13, 1941
Keith, Aubrey Lawrence - final rites for Mr. Keith, 55, of Bodfish, were held
at Woodland with burial in the family plot at Woodland Cemetery. He is
survived by a widow, Marie Keith of Bodfish, brothers, James and Herbert of
Knights Landing; and sisters Ileen Keith of San Francisco and Vera Darley of
Sacramento. Mr. Keith passed away in a local hospital on Saturday. The Hopson
Mortuary had charge of arrangements in Bakersfield.

Bakersfield Californian, Friday, Feb. 16, 1934
HOLD CHAPEL RITES FOR OCTOGENARIAN
       Funeral services were conducted at Payne and sons Chapel this
afternoon for J. C. Morse, 80, who died Wed following a long illness. The
Rev. Frank O. Belden officiated and interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
       Mr. Morse, who resided at 815 Wallace St., leaves a widow, Mrs. Eliza
Morse; five sons, Robert and Curtis of Bakersfield, Frank and Warner of
Arizona and Charles Morse of corona; and five daughters Misses Ellen and
Artie Morse of this city, Mesdames Mittie Hall and Angie Beaver of Arizona
and Mrs. Edna Swank of Okla., 14 grandchildren also survive.

Bakersfield Californian, Thursday, Nov. 6, 1969
       Curb, Chapman Hampton - funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.
tomorrow in the chapel of Mish Funeral Home - Oildale for Chapman Hampton
Curb, 69, of 2028 F Street, who died Nov. 4 in his home. The Rev. Clyde B.
Skidmore, pastor of the First Southern Baptist church will officiate and
interment will follow in Union Cemetery. Mr. Curb was a native of Waco,
Texas, and had been a resident of this community 18 years. He was a cook and
was last employed by El Tejon Hotel. He was a former member of the Hotel &
Restaurant Employees & Bartenders Union Local 550 AFL-CIO. He was a veteran
of World War I. Survivors include the widow Florence and a sister Mrs. Mae
Henson of ft. Worth, Texas.

Bakersfield Californian, Thursday, April 26, 1973
       Curb, Florence Clementine - graveside services will be held at 10 a.m.
Friday in Union Cemetery for Florence Clementine Curb, 61, 2028 F Street, who
died April 25 in her home. The Rev. Clyde Skidmore of the First Southern
Baptist Church will officiate. Mrs. Curb was a native of Hawthorne,
Pennsylvania and had lived in Bakersfield 23 years. She was a waitress for
the past 10 years and worked for Golden Key Restaurant. She was a member of
the Hotel & Restaurant Employees & Bartenders Union Local 550. Survivors
include a son, Robert Worden; a brother Jack Bird of Wichita Falls, Texas;
two sisters, Katherine Evans of Wichita Falls and Gertrude Morgon of
Honolulu; her mother, Mrs. Florence Bird and 3 grandchildren. Mish Funeral
Home - Oildale.

Bakersfield Californian, Wednesday, May 27, 1981
       Curb, Bedford H. - interment services will be held Thursday at 11:30
a.m. at the Hillcrest Memorial Park for Bedford H. Curb, 80, who passed away
May 26. He was born Feb. 2, 1901 in Robertson County, Texas. He attended the
Nazarene Church and was a member of the Carpenters Union. He is survived by
daughters Winnell Spencer of Bakersfield and Lauren Clouse of Madera; two
sisters, Lela Miller of New Mexico and Velma Porter of Texas and 4
grandchildren.

Bakersfield Californian, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1979
       Thiessen, Harold - memorial service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m.
in the Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Mortuary Chapel for Harold Thiessen, 52, 1230
Flower St. Rev. Bud Frye will officiate. Mr. Thiessen, a native of
Bakersfield had last worked as an appraiser with Kern County for 19 years.
Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Thomas, Patricia Bittle, & Karen
Kelly all of Bakersfield; mother Agnes Thiessen of Bakersfield; sister Muriel
Turner of Bakersfield and granddaughter Terri A. Bittle of Bakersfield.
Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara

Bakersfield Californian, Thursday, April 26, 1979
       Thiessen, Clarence Perry - memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m.
Friday in the Greenlawn Mortuary Chapel fro Clarence Perry Thiessen, 66, 3116
Kentucky Street who died April 24. The Rev. John A. Lavender of First Baptist
Church will officiate. Thiessen was a native of California and had resided in
Kern County for 66 years. He had been a civil engineer for 33 years and was
employed by Wayne Reeder. He was a member of the Bakersfield Realtors
Association. Survivors include his wife Dorothy; a son, Bill of Bakersfield;
his mother Agnes Thiessen of Bakersfield; a sister, Muriel Turner of Africa;
a brother Harold of Bakersfield and 3 grandchildren. Memorials may be made to
the Cancer Society.


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