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James Edward "Eddy" Mason was born February 28, 1861, near Galesville, Trempealeau Co., WI, and died November 14, 1955, in a Paradise Valley rest home, National City, San Diego Co., CA, at age 94. Buried in Glen Abbey Memorial Park, Bonita, San Diego Co., CA. He is the son of Thomas Mason of Pennsylvania, and Almira Bradshaw of Wayne Co., IL.

Viola Genoa "Ola" Blake was born April 14, 1861, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI, and died October 13, 1956, at Pleasant View Rest Home, Manheim, Lancaster Co., PA, at age 95. Buried in Bismarck Cemetery, Quentin, West Cornwall Twp., Lebanon Co., PA. She is the daughter of Simon Simpkins Blake of Martinsburg, Bedford (Blair) Co., PA, and Mary Magdalena Ambrose of Near Ligonier, Westmoreland Co., PA.

James Edward "Eddy" Mason (age 19), a bachelor, and Viola Genoa "Ola" Blake (age 19), a maiden, were married February 20, 1881, in Woodstock, Richland Co., WI.

James Edward "Eddy" Mason and Viola Genoa "Ola" (Blake) Mason had six children:

  1. Roy Edward Mason: Born December 29, 1881, in Woodstock, Richland Co., WI; Died June 27, 1935, in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN (age 53). Married April 16, 1912, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, to Martha Amalia "Mattie" Reed: Born November 12, 1882, in Chicago, Cook Co., IL; Died June 29, 1974, in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN (age 91).
  2. Ray Warren Mason: Born December 29, 1881, in Woodstock, Richland Co., WI; Died March 7, 1954, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA (age 72). Buried in Pines Cemetery, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA. Married October 15, 1905, in Waverly, Spokane Co., WA, to Jessie May Fowler: Born January 23, 1887, in Laporte, Larimer Co., CO; Died October 20, 1961, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA (age 74). Buried in Pines Cemetery, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA. Ray was a Methodist Minister.
  3. Chester Arthur Mason: Born April 11, 1883, in Woodstock, Richland Co., WI; Died September 23, 1973, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 90). Married October 6, 1909, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, to Roxie Lee Hubbard: Born March 2, 1887, in Missouri; Died December 12, 1979, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 92).
  4. Thomas "Tom" Mason: Born November 9, 1887, in Woodstock, Richland Co., WI; Died March, 1970, in Seal Beach, Orange Co., CA (age 82). Married (1) January 22, 1913, to Elva Eliza Bartlett: Born June 30, 1889, in Iowa; Died July 18, 1982, in Los Angeles Co., CA (age 93). Divorced in 1935. Married (2) May 4, 1958, in Clark Co., NV, to Mrs. LaVerne R. (Sattman?) (Lauer) Spinning: Born July 1, 1894, in Illinois; Died March 5, 1976, in Seal Beach, Orange Co., CA (age 81). Elva's father, Philo Edwin Bartlett, was a Clergyman. LaVerne is the mother of June L. (Lauer) (Spinning) (Roughton) Wheeler Hopkins, who was married to Homer F. Roughton. Martin John Lauer (born about 1888 in California) was the ex-husband of Laverne.
  5. Irma Ruth Mason: Born March 17, 1896, in Palco, Rooks Co., KS; Died January 12, 1988, in Los Altos, Santa Clara Co., CA (age 91). Married August 1, 1922, in Midvale, Salt Lake Co., UT, to Arvid E. Anderson: Born July 17, 1896, in Sandy, Salt Lake Co., UT; Died July 3, 1976, in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., CA (age 79).
  6. Lela Ernestine Mason: Born September 2, 1898, in Latah, Fairfield, Spokane Co., WA; Died November 18, 1993, in Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA (age 95). Married August 21, 1928, in Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA, to Eugene N. Hall: Born July 11, 1909, in Spokane, WA; Died September 23, 1966, in Watsonville, Santa Cruz Co., CA (age 57).

James Edward "Eddy" Mason and Viola Genoa "Ola" (Blake) Mason were divorced between 1928 and 1930 in California or Washington.

James Edward "Eddy" Mason, a divorcee, then married Florence Maud (Lavigne) Bishop, a divorcee.

Florence Maud Lavigne was born August 18, 1881, in Crown Point, Essex Co., NY, and died July 3, 1958, in San Diego, San Diego Co., CA, at age 76. Buried in Glen Abbey Memorial Park, Bonita, San Diego Co., CA. She is the daughter of Joseph Lavigne of New York (born about 1853 in Plattsburgh, Clinton Co., NY), and Lucia A. "Lucy" Pairiere of New York. His parents: Peter Lavigne (born 1835) and Clara Unknown (born 1840), both born in French Canada.

William Alger Bishop was born May 22, 1876, in Barre, Washington Co., VT, and died December 3, 1957, in Saint Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., VT, at age 81. Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Saint Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., VT. He is the son of George H. Bishop of Burlington, VT, and Clara Mahalia Rice of Barre, VT.

William Alger Bishop (age 21), a bachelor, and Florence Maud Lavigne (age 18), a maiden, were married February 12, 1898, in Barre, Washington Co., VT.

William Alger Bishop and Florence Maud (Lavigne) Bishop had one child:

  1. Unknown Bishop: Born about 1899 in Vermont; Died about 1899 in Vermont.

William Alger Bishop and Florence Maud (Lavigne) Bishop were divorced before 1916 in Vermont.

William Alger Bishop then married Margaret M. Arseneau.

Margaret Martha Arseneau was born June 13, 1881, in English Canada, and died July 21, 1977, in Lyndonville, Caledonia Co., VT, at age 96. She is the daughter of Gilbert Arseneau of Canada, and Caroline Dioron of Canada.

William Alger Bishop (age 39), a divorcee, and Margaret Martha Arseneau (age 35), a maiden, were married August 30, 1916, in Barre, Washington Co., VT.

William Alger Bishop and Margaret Martha (Arseneau) had no children.

James Edward "Eddy" Mason (age 59), a divorcee, and Florence Maude (Lavigne) Bishop (age 47), were married May 18, 1929, in Los Angeles Co., CA.

James Edward "Eddy" Mason and Florence Maud (Lavigne) (Bishop) Mason had no children.




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James Edward "Eddy" Mason and Florence Maud (Lavigne) (Bishop) Mason are buried in Glen Abbey Memorial Park, Bonita, San Diego Co., CA. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Viola Genoa (Blake) Mason is buried in the Quentin Cemetery, Quentin, Lebanon Co., PA.


The 1860 U.S. Census taken on June 19, 1860, shows Simon S. Blake (age 30) born in Pennsylvania with real estate of $1,000 and personal estate of $140 is a Farmer living in Richmond Twp., Richland Co., WI. Living with him is Mary M. Blake (age 24) born in Pennsylvania. Also there are two children, both born in Wisconsin: Sylvester F. Blake (age 4); and Ida Blake (age 2).

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on August 17, 1860, shows Thomas Mason (age 40) born in Illinois is a Methodist Episcopal Minister living in Farmington Twp., La Crosse Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Almira Mason (age 31) born in Illinois. Also living there are his five children: Shadwick Mason (age 17) born in Illinois is a Laborer; Elijah Mason (age 15) born in Illinois; Sarah Mason (age 13) born in Illinois; Gilena Mason (age 11) born in Illinois; and Margaret Mason (age 2) born in Wisconsin.

James Edward "Eddy" Mason was born March 1, 1861, near Galesville, Trempealeau Co., WI.

Viola Genoa Blake was born April 14, 1861, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI.


Name: Shadrach Mason, Residence: Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Enlistment Date: 01 November 1861, Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, Side Served: Union, State Served: Wisconsin

Unit Numbers: 3064 3064 3064 3064

Service Record:

Enlisted as a Private on 01 November 1861
Enlisted in Company D, 14th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 01 November 1861.
Discharged because of wounds Company D, 14th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 16 December 1862
Enlisted in Company D, 14th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 02 December 1863.
Died of disease Company D, 14th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 31 July 1864 in Galesville, WI


Name: Elijah Mason, Residence: Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Enlistment Date: 21 November 1861, Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, Side Served: Union, State Served: Wisconsin

Unit Numbers: 3064 3064

Service Record:

Promoted to Full Sergeant
Enlisted as a Corporal on 21 November 1861
Enlisted in Company D, 14th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 21 November 1861.
Mustered out Company D, 14th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 09 October 1865 in Mobile, AL


Name: Thomas Mason, Residence: Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Enlistment Date: 05 September 1862, Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, Side Served: Union, State Served: Wisconsin

Unit Numbers: 3064 3064

Service Record:

Enlisted as a Private on 05 September 1862
Enlisted in Company D, 14th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 05 September 1862.
Killed Company D, 14th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 03 October 1862 in Corinth, MS


The 1870 U. S. Census taken on August 2, 1870 shows H. T. Walser (age 48) born in North Carolina is a Miller with Real Estate worth $5,300 and Personal Estate worth $450 and is living in Henrietta, Richland Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Elmira Walser (age 41) born in Illinois who is Keeping House. At home are his children, both born in Illinois: Lora Walser (age 16); and Hiram Walser (age 9). Also living there: James E. Mason (age 9) born in Wisconsin; and Wayne Bradshaw (age 22) born in Illinois with Real Estate worth $150 and Personal Estate worth $600 who is a Dry Goods Dealer.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on August 3, 1870 shows Simon Blake (age 41) born in Pennsylvania with real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $556 is a Farmer living in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI. Living with him is Mary Blake (age 34) born in Pennsylvania, who is Keeping House. Also there are five children, all born in Wisconsin: Sylvester Blake (age 14); Ida Blake (age 11); Viola Blake (age 9); Estella Blake (age 7); and Salme Blake (age 5).

The 1875 Wisconsin census for Richland County shows Simon S. Blake is Living in Orion Twp.,,  Richland Co., WI with a total of 2 Males, 6 Females.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 8, 1880 shows Henry T. Halser (age 58) born in North Carolina to North Carolina-born parents is a Miller living in Henrietta, Richland Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Almira Walser (age 51) born in Illinois to Kentucky-born parents. Also living at home is his son Hiram Walser (age 19) born in Illinois to Illinois and North Carolina-born parents, who is a Laborer; and his step-son Eddie Mason (age 19) born in Wisconsin to Illinois-born parents who is a Laborer. Another laborer lives in the house. Soloman Walser and family live nearby.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 4, 1880 shows Dave Storms (age 50) born in Vermont to Vermont-born parents is a Blacksmith living in the City of Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Charlotte Storms (age 46) born in New York to New York-born parents who is Keeping House. Also there are their two sons, both born in Wisconsin to Vermont and New York-born parents: Fred Storms (age 15); and Eddie Storms (age 12). Also in the household is an unmarried female, Olie Blake (age 18) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents, a Servant.

Florence Maude Lavigne was born August 18, 1881, in New York.

James Edward "Eddy" Mason (age 19), a bachelor, and Viola Genoa "Ola" Blake (age 19), a maiden, were married February 20, 1881, in Woodstock, Richland Co., WI.


“When we were both twenty years old, I was married to Viola G. Blake in 1881. She is the mother of our four boys and two girls who are all married and have families of their own now.”

“My wife and I for a time ran a general merchandise store in which we had a fourth class post office. Although my wife was six weeks younger than I, she was of legal age, since she was a married woman. So she was postmistress until I was twenty-one, when I could be post-master. We were doing pretty good with our store and post office, but there was very little cash involved in the trading. The farmers brought in their butter and eggs which they traded for goods, and it was not long before I had all my little capital sunk in ‘accounts due’; thereby running my business on borrowed money. In about four years I traded the business for a little eighty-acre diversified farm. Neither did this farming venture turn out so well, and, anyway, I had got the ‘Far West’ fever.” (During this period their first children arrived. They were twins, Roy E. and Ray W. born 29 Dec. 1881 and Chester Arthur born 11 April, 1883.)

“My friend, Edgar Simmons had two brothers and a sister all in Wyoming. They had a horse ranch twenty miles from Trabine on the south fork of Crazy Woman Creek. I decided to leave my family on the farm and go out there with him to look things over. We bought our tickets to the Golden Gate, California, for twenty-eight dollars, while the fare to Cheyenne was $31.00, being cut rates to California. Had we gone on to California we would have gotten a rebate of $13.00. However, we got off at Cheyenne arriving there in April. There we outfitted ourselves to make the three hundred mile trip north to his brother’s ranch which was located north of the Hard Winter Davis Ranch on the Powder River. The nearest post office was at Trabine, twenty miles away.”

“After a few days in Cheyenne we started for the ranch. We had two cow ponies for a team and riding, and a light covered wagon with tarps to cover our bed rolls, guns, etc. The second day out one of the ponies balked, near an old freighter, fortunately, who had an extra mule which he sold to us for seventeen dollars. We worked the mule with the good cow pony which left the other for scouting around and chasing antelopes. I really wanted to take the balkiness out of that cow pony but my partner thought I might only make him worse, so I didn’t insist since I wanted to avoid disagreement.”

“The third day out was stormy and it began to snow. We made early camp that night, spreading the tarp out, making the bed rolls on one end of it, and then pulling the other half up over our heads. In the morning I reached for my boots and found them half full of snow, which taught me to double my boots over, laying the boots flat with the tops under so that rain or snow couldn’t get in. We were very evidently ‘tender-feet’.”

“Reaching our destination the afternoon of the tenth day, we met the Simmons. Charlie Simmons was mounted on a cow pony. He said to me, ‘I was just going over the hill there to pack in an antelope I killed, I’ll saddle another pony if you want to go along.’ I said ‘0.K.’ So we brought it in, stopping at a little log stable. He opened the door and there were two other antelope hung up. I learned to eat antelope three times a day and like it.’’

“Well, I stayed at the Simmons’ about a week, getting pointers on how to be a cowboy, and roping a few fence posts and horses. Wyoming at that time was wide open western land; no fences. Stage stations were about thirty miles apart and were the only settlements aside from the big cow and horse ranches.”

“One day Charlie and I rode over to a wide place in the road to meet a superintendent of the Powder River Cattle Company. This man was gathering an outfit to work on the round-up which was to collect three herds of three thousand each. I went with the third herd on the trail to the Northwest Territory of Canada. This was in April, 1886. I was twenty-five years old, about as tall as I am now, five feet eleven and a half inches, and my weight was only about a hundred and thirty, due to my finicky eating, although I was a bear on pies and cakes. But it wasn’t long before I could take my tin plate up to the cook wagon and load up with any mulligan they dished out. And, of course, we were all sleeping in the open.”


The 1895 Kansas State Census taken on March 1, 1895 shows J. E. Mason (age 34) born in Wisconsin and having moved from Wisconsin is a Farmer living in Walton Twp., Rooks Co., KS. Living with him is Viola G. Mason (age 33) born in Wisconsin. Also living there are four Mason children, all born in Wisconsin: Roy Mason (age 13); Ray Mason (age 13); Chester Mason (age 11); and Thomas Mason (age 7).

Morton Lavigne was born November 4, 1896, in New York.

William Alger Bishop (age 19), a bachelor, and Florence Maud Lavigne (age 18), a maiden, were married February 12, 1898, in Barre, Washington Co., VT.


 

William Alger Bishop and Florence Maud Lavigne Marriage Record.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 16, 1900, shows James E. Mason (age 39) born March 1861 in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Illinois-born parents is a Farmer renting his farm in Fairfield Precinct, Spokane Co., WA. Living with him is his wife of 19 years, Viola G. Mason (age 39) born April 1861 in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania-born parents with all six of her children alive, unmarried and living at home: Roy E. Mason (age 18) born December 1881 in Wisconsin is a Farm Laborer; Ray W. Mason (age 18) born December 1881 in Wisconsin is a Farm Laborer; Chester A. Mason (age 17) born April 1883 in Wisconsin is a Farm Laborer; Thomas Mason (age 12) born November 1887 in Wisconsin; Ruth Mason (age 4) born in Kansas; and Lelah Mason (age 1) born September 1898 in Washington.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 1, 1900, shows William Bishop (age 24) born May, 1876, in Vermont to Vermont-born parents, is a married Electric Company Lineman, and who rents his home, and is living at 34 Portland, City of Portland, Cumberland Co., VT. Living with him are: his childless wife of 2 years, Maude Bishop (age 18) born August, 1881, in New York to New York-born parents, with the only child born to her no longer living; his married mother-in-law, Lucy Lavigne (age 62) born September, 1837, in New York to English Canadian-born parents, with 6 of the 8 children born to her still alive; and only child born to her no longer living; and his unmarried brother, Bertrand Bishop (age 29) born July, 1880, in Vermont to Vermont-born parents, an Electric Company Lineman.

Clifford Stephen Lavigne was born July 21,1902, in Morrisonville, Clinton Co., NY.


 

Spokane Riding Academy, J. E. Mason & Co., 1907


Ray Warren Mason and Jessie May Fowler were married October 15, 1905, in Waverly, Spokane Co., WA.


    

Ray Warren Mason and Jessie May Fowler Marriage Records.


Chester Arthur Mason and Roxie Lee Hubbard were married October 6, 1909, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA.


 

Chester Arthur Mason and Roxie Lee Hubbard Marriage Record.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 16, 1910, shows James E. Mason (age 49) born in Wisconsin to Illinois-born parents is a Riding Instructor at a Riding Academy is living at 1719 4th Avenue, 3rd Ward, City of Spokane, Spokane Co., WA. Living with him is his wife of 29 years, Viola Mason (age 49) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin-born parents, with all 6 of the children born to her still living: Roy Mason (age 28) born in Wisconsin, a married Methodist Minister; Rae Mason (age 28) born in Wisconsin, an unmarried Insurance Agent; Chester Mason (age 26) born in Wisconsin, a married Clerk in a Tourist House, Chester's wife of one year, Roxie Mason (age 24) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; Thomas Mason (age 22) born in Wisconsin, an unmarried Instructor at a Riding Academy; Ruth Mason (age 11) born in Kansas; and Lela Mason (age 11) born in Washington. 

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 19, 1910, shows Joseph Lavigne (age 55) born in New York to French Canadian-born parents, and in his 2nd Marriage, is a married House Painter, and who rents his home, is living at is living on Cook Street, Village of Dannemora, Dannemora Twp., Clinton Co., NY. Living with him are: his wife of 9 years, Lucy Lavigne (age 39) born in New York to French Canadian-born parents, and in her 2nd Marriage, with 3 of the 4 children born to her still alive; his son, Morton Lavigne (age 13) born in New York to New York-born parents; and his son, Clifford Lavigne (age 7) born in New York to New York-born parents.


The Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, Friday, July 19, 1912

WEALTHY MAN'S SON TAKEN FOR THEFT

On two charges, larceny and carrying concealed weapons, Tom Mason, well-known horseman and son of J. E. Mason, owner and manager of the Spokane Riding academy, was arrested Thursday afternoon. He is now out on $50 bail on each charge. Mason is said to have been caught in the act of stealing several pairs of shoes from the Dolby clothing store on Riverside avenue. The police are looking for S. D. Hastings, said to be the partner of Mason. "The father told me that the young man had taken his first taste of liquor Thursday, and I am satisfied that this was responsible for his rash act," said Chief of Police Doust this morning. "The young man is not in need of money, nor has he ever been."


William Alger Bishop (age 39), a divorcee, and Margaret Martha Arseneau (age 35), a maiden, were married August 30, 1916, in Barre, Washington Co., VT.


 

William Alger Bishop and Margaret Martha Arseneau Marriage Record.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 26, 1920 shows James E. Mason (age 58) born in Wisconsin to Illinois-born parents is a Farm Superintendent renting his home in Willow Springs Precinct, Jackson Co., OR. Living with him is his wife Viola G. Mason (age 58) born in Wisconsin to United States-born parents. Other boarders also live there.

Subsequent to J. E. Mason's move to Bonita, San Diego Co., CA, and his wife's move to Seattle, King Co., WA, they were divorced between 1922 and 1929.


The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI, Tuesday September 18, 1928

Sisters Meet First Time in 35 Years

RICHLAND CENTER - Six sisters met for the first time in 35 years Sunday at the home of Mrs. Lou Pugh, Gotham. The sisters are the daughters of Simon and Mary Blake, pioneer residents of Richland county. One of the sisters has lived in the state of Washington for many years and this was her first visit to Wisconsin since 1907. She is Mrs. Viola Mason. The others are Mrs. William Abbey, Dodgeville; Mrs. Mary E. Davis, and Mrs. Charles Lovell, Madison; Mrs. Lou Pugh, Gotham; and Mrs. Pearl Lawton, Richland Center. Friends who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Mayfield, Marvin and Ruby Mayfield, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Klousia, Letha and Gerald Klausia of Ash Creek; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stratman, Marian Stratman, Melva Perkins, Dodgeville; Clifford Pugh, Stevens Point; Harold Lovell, Muscoda; Martha and Helen Louise Lovell, Madison; Raymond Lawton, Richland Center; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Waite, Pern Pugh and Lou Pugh, Gotham. A picnic dinner was served.


James Edward "Eddy" Mason (age 59), a divorcee, and Florence Maude (Lavigne) Bishop (age 47), were married May 18, 1929, in Los Angeles Co., CA.


James Edward "Eddy" Mason and Florence Maud (Lavigne) Bishop Marriage Records.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 4, 1930 shows Arvide Anderson (age 33) born in Utah to Swedish-born parents and first married at age 27 is a Chemist in a Chemical Works renting his home for $65 a month at 22 Lyons Place, Tenth Ward, City of Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ. Living with him is his wife Irma Anderson (age 34) born in Kansas to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents and first married at age 28. Also living there is their son Paul Anderson (age 2-1/12) born in Utah to Utah and Kansas-born parents. Also at home is Arvide's widowed mother-in-law, Viola Mason (age 68) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania-born parents.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 5, 1930, shows John E. Mason (age 69) born in Wisconsin to United States-born parents and first married at age 20 is a Horse Trainer at Ridgeway Academy and is renting his home and is living at 1630 Myrtle Street, City of San Diego, San Diego Twp., San Diego Co., CA. Living with him is his wife, Florence M. Mason (age 49) born in New York to English Canadian and New York-born parents and first married at age 17.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on May 15, 1940. shows James Edy Mason (age 79) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 12 years of School, is an Owner of a Riding Stable who is renting his home for $25/month and is living in National Twp., San Diego Co., CA. Living with him is his wife, Florence Maud Mason (age 59) born in New York, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1940. shows Arvid Anderson (age 43) born in Utah, and 5 years ago was living in Union, Union Co., NJ, and with 5 years of College, is a Metallurgist for Bethlehem Steel who rents his home for $27/month and is living in the Borough of Cornwall, Lebanon Co., PA. Living with him are: his wife, Irma Anderson (age 44) born in Kansas, and 5 years ago was living in Union, Union Co., NJ, and with 4 years of College; his son, Paul Anderson (age 12) born in Utah, and 5 years ago was living in Union, Union Co., NJ, and with 5 years of School; and his widowed mother-in-law, Viola Mason (age 79) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in Union, Union Co., NJ, and with 8 years of School.


   

Viola Genoa "Ola" (Blake) Mason and Edna Pearl (Blake) Lawton, Wisconsin, June, 1949.


Ray Warren Mason died March 7, 1954, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, at age 72. Buried in Pines Cemetery, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA.


The Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, Tuesday, March 9, 1954

FUNERALS

MASON, Rev. Ray Warren - His home was Newport, Wash., formerly in Spokane. Husband of Mrs. Jessie M. Mason, at the home; father of Mrs. Viola Curtis of St. John, Wash.; Perk R. Mason of Newport, Wash.; Charles E., Tom F., Edgar W., Edwin U. Mason, all of Spokane; Richard H. Mason of Yakima, Wash.; 20 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; son of J. E. Mason of Bonita, Calif.; Mrs. Viola Mason of Cornwall, Pa.; brother of Mrs. Ruth Anderson of Cornwall, Pa.; Mrs. Lela Hall of Tacoma, Wash.; Chester R. Mason of Seattle, Wash.; Thomas Mason of Hollywood, Calif. He was pastor of the Newport Memorial Methodist church and belonged to the Kiwanis club of Newport. Funeral Wed., March 10, at 11 a.m. in the ALWIN CHAPEL of the HAZEN & JAEGER FUNERAL HOME, N1306 Monroe st., Rev. Richard D. Decker officiating assisted by Rev. E. J. Aschenbrenner and Rev. Charles Creesy. Burial services in The Pines cemetery, Opportunity. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts be given to the American Heart Association c/o HAZEN & JAEGER FUNERAL HOME, N1306 Monroe st.


James Edward "Eddy" Mason died November 14, 1955, in a Paradise Valley rest home, National City, San Diego Co., CA, at age 94. Buried in Glen Abbey Cemetery, Chula Vista, San Diego Co., CA.


The San Diego Union, San Diego, San Diego Co., CA, Thursday, November 17, 1955

Services for James Edward Mason, 94, of Bonita, widely known horse trainer and riding instructor who died Monday in a Paradise Valley rest home, will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Humphrey-Heath Mortuary. San Diego Elks Lodge will be in charge. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Cemetery. Mason lived at 23 Cottage Row, Bonita. He had been a resident of San Diego County more than 30 years and came here from Santa Barbara. He held scores of trophies which he had accumulated for training and showing horses. Born in Wisconsin, Mason went to Wyoming in 1886 and later moved to Spokane, Wash., where he operated stables for several years. He trained saddle horses and riders from Washington to California and was especially known for training juvenile riders. Mason was with the Balboa Stables when he first came to San Diego. In 1932 he went to Bonita, where he reorganized the Bonita Riding Stables. Mason, who was known to his friends and former pupils as "J. E.," broke in horses until he was 84, when he retired. He is survived by his widow, Maude; two sons, Thomas of Hollywood and J. E. of Seattle, and two daughters, Mrs. Arvid Anderson of Pennsylvania and Mrs. Eugene Hall of Tacoma, Wash.


The San Diego Union, San Diego, San Diego Co., CA, Thursday, November 17, 1955

Deaths - Funerals

MASON - JAMES EDWARD. Husband of Maude. Father of Thomas, James, Mrs. Arvid Anderson and Mrs. Eugene Hall. Services Humphrey-Heath Mortuary Fri. 2 p.m. under auspices BPO Elks. Interment.


Viola Genoa (Blake) Mason died October 13, 1956, at Pleasant View Rest Home, Manheim, Lancaster Co., PA, at age 95. Buried in Buried in Bismarck Cemetery, Quentin, West Cornwall Twp., Lebanon Co., PA.


 

Viola Genoa (Blake) Mason Death Certificate.


Florence Maude (Lavigne) (Bishop) Mason died July 3, 1958, in San Diego, San Diego Co., CA, at age 76. Buried in Glen Abbey Cemetery, Chula Vista, San Diego Co., CA.


The San Diego Union, San Diego, San Diego Co., CA, Tuesday, July 8, 1958

Deaths - Funerals

MASON - Florence Maude. Services Wed, 11 a.m. Humphrey Chula Vista Mortuary.


History of Crawford and Richland Counties, Wisconsin - Union Publishing Company - Springfield, IL - 1884

Rev. Thomas Mason, (deceased) one of the pioneer preachers of Richland county, was born in Pennsylvania in 1818. He commenced preaching in Richland Co., Ill., and was married there in 1847 to Almira Bradshaw, a native of Wayne Co., Ill. He continued preaching in Illinois until 1855, when he came to Richland Co., Wis., and settled on section 30, of town 12, range 1 east, in the present town of Henrietta. He immediately joined the Northwestern Conference, and was appointed to the West Branch circuit. In 1857 he went to Salem, La Crosse county, and preached one year, then to Mendota, where he remained two years, then to Augusta, in Eau Claire county remaining there two years, next to Galesville in Trempeleau county. He then enlisted as private in the 14th Wisconsin, company D, and went to the front. He was killed at the battle of Corinth. He had been appointed chaplain of his regiment, but had not taken the position at the time of his death. He left a wife and six children to mourn his loss. The children are --- Shadrach, Elijah, Sarah, Mahala, Maggie and James E. The two eldest sons, Shadrach and Elijah, were in the same regiment and company with their father. Shadrach was severely wounded in the same battle in which his father was killed. He was discharged on account of disability, and returned home. He soon re-enlisted and died in the service. Elijah served till the close of the war, and is now living in Illinois. Mrs. Mason is now the wife of Henry T. Walser, a resident of Woodstock.

James Edward, son of Thomas and Almira (Bradshaw) Mason, was born in the town of Henrietta, Feb. 28, 1861. He attended the district school, and later, the seminary at Elroy, and the high school at Sextonville. At the age of twelve he entered the employ of William Bradshaw as clerk. He continued in the same employment, excepting the time spent in school, until 1881, when he purchased the stock and good will of William Bradshaw and has since been engaged in trade. He keeps a good stock of dry goods, groceries, boots and shoes, glass ware and crockery, notions, etc. He was married in 1881 to Viola, daughter of Simon S. and Mary (Ambrose) Blake, who was born in the town of Orion. They have three children --- Ray and Roy, twins, and Chester.


History of Crawford and Richland Counties, Wisconsin - Union Publishing Company - Springfield, IL - 1884

Henry T. Walser, proprietor of the Walser mill, is a native of a southern State, having been born in Rowan Co., NC, in April, 1822. He was eight years of age when his parents moved to Illinois and settled in Edwards county where they were pioneers. His father purchased timber land, cleared a farm and lived there until the time of his death. It was here that the subject of this sketch grew to manhood. When he was seventeen years old, his father built a saw-mill, in which he was employed five years. He then purchased the mill, and built a flour-mill, which he operated in connection with the saw-mill for six years. At the end of that time, he sold out and engaged in mercantile business. Three years later he sold the store, and built another mill in Edwards county, which he operated until 1866, when he came to Richland county and located at Woodstock and engaged again in mercantile business, which he continued until 1869. He then sold out and built the mill which he now operates. He has been twice married --- first in 1844, to Patsy Doty, a native of Indiana. They had nine children, six of whom are now living --- Martin, Rebecca, Solomon, Harriet, Lori and Hiram. Mrs. Walser died in 1866. Mr. Walser's second wife was Almira Bradshaw, widow of Rev. Thomas Mason. One child blessed this union, but died in infancy.

His son, Hiram H. Walser, was born in Edwards Co., Ill., in October, 1860. He came to Woodstock with his parents and received his early education in the district school. At the age of sixteen he went to work in his father's mill. He has continued in the same business ever since, and now has charge of the mill. He was married in 1881 to Eva Simmons, a native Green Co., Wis. They have one child --- Lewie. Mr. Walser is town clerk, elected in April, 1883.


Almira (Walser) is buried in Woodstock Cemetery, Bloom Twp., Richland Co., WI.