Last weekend I finally had an opportunity to spend a little bit of time at the Tillamook Library and go through a few historical issues of the local paper, the Headlight Herald, on microfilm. The purpose of my visit was to find obituaries or death notices for two of my family members who had resided in Tillamook county: “Aunt Sadie,” the sister of my great-grandfather, and “Uncle Alvy,” her second husband. Someday I will go back and look for more references to them and to my great-grandparents, but on this trip my time was limited. Since the newspaper is unindexed, I decided to stick to events for which I already had a definite date.
My results were not obituaries, but rather news briefs in “Netarts News,” the section devoted to the comings and goings of residents and visitors within the town of Netarts. Each community had its own section, and the tradition continues today (somewhat modified) in the Headlight Herald’s “Fencepost” columns. I printed out three of these “Netarts News” articles, and because they contain references not only to Aunt Sadie and Uncle Alvy but also to a number of other people, it seemed a good idea to share my results.
My first inclination was to retype and post the entire articles so that search engines could help find your ancestor’s name and you could see the reference with little trouble. However, in such a recent date as 1949 I believe I run afoul of copyright law. Therefore I will have to be satisfied with a list of names, and if you find a name of interest, you can either contact me or go to Tillamook yourself to see the article firsthand.
Unfortunately, I was in a bit of a rush when I found these articles, and neglected to note the page number. If you are at the Tillamook Library or Pioneer Museum looking through the microfilm for these specific articles, they should still be fairly easy to find. Just look for the “Netarts News” heading. It is always grouped with some of the other local news columns.
But enough preamble—you want to see the lists of names.
The first article I printed out, found in the 3 Mar 1949 issue, contains the nearest thing to an obituary that I have found for “Uncle Alvy,” whose real name was Walter Alvah MASON. It mentions by name his wife, Sadie; his daughter Norma BURD; his “foster son,” Wallace KING; his “foster daughter,” Ilean NEILSON; and his sister Mrs. Laura HALE. A few paragraphs later, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest CROSS, Mrs. SCHOENBORN, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank CROSS are identified as coming into town for the funeral.
Other names found in the 3 Mar 1949 “Netarts News” are:
B. ALWINGER and son LeonardMr. and Mrs. Jack ARPS of Helena, MontanaMrs. Betty BOTCHECK and daughter MarthaMr. and Mrs. Austin BOWEN and BirdieMr. and Mrs. James BROWNMiss Donna CORNETTMr. and Mrs. Ted CORNETTJoan EARLMr. and Mrs. Clarence EDNERMr. and Mrs. Robert EDNER and their daughter Lynda of PortlandHarvey EVERHART of AuroraP. D. GENY of WillaminaMr. and Mrs. George HANSON of PortlandMr. and Mrs. James HILFERTYMrs. JAGER of PortlandMr. and Mrs. J. F. “Monte” JAGERMr. and Mrs. John JEANS and daughter Mary Sue of Palo Alto, CaliforniaMr. and Mrs. Carl JENSEN of GervaisMr. and Mrs. Homer JOHNSONMr. and Mrs. Al KRENZMr. and Mrs. Ed LAURSMiss Carol LOOPMr. and Mrs. Ben MALKSONMiss Sharon MALLOTTMr. and Mrs. MILLER and son Howard of PortlandMr. and Mrs. C. J. OWEN of PortlandMr. and Mrs. Laurance RICEMr. and Mrs. W. H. SOUSA
The second article is from the 3 Nov 1949 edition of the Headlight Herald, and reports the news that Sadie MASON is in the hospital. Actually, she had passed away on 1 Nov, two days before the release of this issue. However, as the Headlight Herald was, and continues to be, a weekly newspaper, the deadlines for columns arrive a few days before the release of the paper and therefore cannot be up to the minute. No longer residing in Netarts since the death of her husband, Sadie is identified as “sister of Walter UNDERWOOD.”
Other names found in the 3 Nov 1949 “Netarts News” are:
Mr. and Mrs. B. ALWINGERAustin BOWENMr. and Mrs. George COFFMANDonna CORNETTMr. and Mrs. John CORNETTTed CORNETTDavid, small son of Mr. and Mrs. C. DeVRIEMrs. A. D. FISHERMr. and Mrs. Wayne GLENN and son StanleyMr. and Mrs. Earl GROSHONGMrs. ISHAIA (of Oregon City?)Mrs. JACK (of Oregon City?)Mrs. Nellie JOHNSON of Oregon CityDee LUCKYJack MADISONJim MEANS of PortlandMr. and Mrs. Ronald SALING and children
The following week, 10 Nov 1949, brought us the third and final article that I printed out, and which reports the death of Sadie MASON. Unfortunately, when setting the microfilm reader for printing I cropped too closely in and only part of the article is visible. My list of names on this one will be incomplete. Two of the names (noted in parentheses) are found in the paragraph that I cut off.
Other names found in the 10 Nov 1949 “Netarts News” are:
Mrs. COOKMr. and Mrs. Ernest CROSSMr. and Mrs. Clare EDNER (incomplete)Mrs. Harry GROSHONG (incomplete)B.C. KINGMr. and Mrs. R. C. KINGErnest PALINSKA and brother of Stanford, Conn.Mrs. PALINSKA and babyMrs. Laura POLLOCK of PortlandMrs. Caroline WELLMAN
If your ancestor is included in one of the above lists of names, the reference could be as mundane as “So-and-so was visiting such-and-such a place last week” or “So-and-so was a guest at this party.” It could also be as genealogically helpful as “So-and-so, who used to live in Netarts with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. This-name when they were doing this business, and now lives in such-and-such a place, was visiting These People.”
“Netarts News.” Headlight Herald [Tillamook] 3 Mar 1949. Microfilm.
“Netarts News.” Headlight Herald [Tillamook] 3 Nov 1949. Microfilm.
“Netarts News.” Headlight Herald [Tillamook] 10 Nov 1949. Microfilm.