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NEED OBITUARY: Alpheus L FESSLER (1895-1992)

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Re: NEED OBITUARY: Alpheus L FESSLER (1895-1992)

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Marriage on Oct 15, 1915 of Lionel Fessler to Ethel Tigard both of Grasmere, WA.
On 9 October 1920, Ethel Fessler married Ralph Young, both of Pierce County, marriage in Tacoma.

The World War I Draft Registration Card Image database:
A Lionel Fessler, born May 14, 1895. A teamster cement plant at the Superior P(Portland) Cement Co, supports mother and father. Registered on June 5th, 1917 (National Registration Day). He was medium in height and build, eyes were grey, color of hair identified as medium.

World War I:
Private, Spruce Div.;
born at Birdsview WA, 14 May 1895; son of Joseph and Mary E. Fessler, Grassmere (sic) WA; entered service from Mt. Vernon WA, 24 May 1918; transferred to Vancouver Barracks WA; mustered out at Vancouver Barracks 11 Feb 1919.
(My grandfather, Chester Cox, of Colville, WA, also served in the Spruce Division)
He is picture #19:

They married on 9 August 1919 in Concrete, WA. Concrete is a very nice little town. It was first a manufacturing town for the Portland Cement Company. The site was first settled upon in 1888 by Richard Challanger. In 1892. a post office was secured and the name Baker applied, as it was at the junction of the Baker and Skagit Rivers. In June 1905, the cement industry started and the Concrete eventually replaced Baker. There was also a town named Cement City with a post office in 1905. There was some argument over the name of Cement, so the name of Concrete probably came out of that rivalry. As we all know, Cement is the mix, cement is the final product.

The 1920 Census of West Concrete
Alpheus, age 24, born in WAto father born in Pennsylvania, mother in Michigan, a farm hand.
Hester, 18, born in Nebraska to father born in Iowa, mother in Kentucy.
They were living with the parents of Alpheus, Joseph 74 and Mary E, 64, on the farm owned by Joseph and Mary.

The 1930 Census of West Concrete:
Lioniel(sic) Fessller(sic, both names as written), age 34, first married age 24, Bin Tender/Cement Plant
Mae H, age 29, born in NE, sack sewer/cement plant.

the 1940 Census of West Concrete:
Lionel Fessler, age 45, farmer and coal mill operator/cement plant
Mae, 39, not employed. Both living in the same house in 1935

The World War II Draft Registration (The Old Man's Draft):
Alpheius Lionel Fessler, Route 1, Concrete, age 46, bon May 14, 1895 in Skagit Co. No telephone. Name and Address of Person who will always know your address: J.L. Drum, Concrete, WA. Employer: Superior Portland Cement Co. He was 5'-9 1/2" in height, 190 pounds, hazel eyes, black hair, dark complexion.

This obituary listing shows: Hester Mae Fessler and Lonnie L Fessler:
This shows how to obtain them:
I would suggest emailing the genealogist, Diane Partington, first to make sure this system is still in place. The listings "might" only be death notices. It does not appear there were any children.

This cemetery listing shows the cemeteries in the area, but none are transcribed:

The Skagit County Auditor/Recorder had three recorded documents in the name of Fessler:
1. An Affidavit to Alpheius, re: the estate of Hester Mae Fessler, recorded 7/21/1989
This shows the home being at 4235 Grassmere Road.
2. A deed from Alpheius Lionel Fessler to Carl E and Violet M Smitha.
3. A deed transfer recorded on 3/25/1993 from the Estate of Alpheius Fessler
This shows the 4235 Grassmere Road was later changed to 44271 Grassmere Road, owner Robert L. Hornbeck.
Go to:
Just enter Last Name of Fessler. In the next window, click on the document icon to view it.

The WA Courts
(Do a Name search on the right side)
shows a Skagit County Superior Court case, #92-4-00225-6, opened 10/01/1992, involving Alpheius L. Fessler, Deceased. This would be his probate case. His last will and testiment were part of the docket. You could request a copy from the Court Clerk for that Superior Court.
There is no probate record found for Hester, as she left a surviving spouse with property in both names.

Ron Bestrom
Tacoma, WA (Volunteer only)
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