Some Thaxton news items – Washington (state)

From the Bellingham Herald, 15 Aug 1922:


(Special to the Herald).  MOUNT VERNON,  Aug. 15–Marriage licenses as found on County Auditor Walter Barrow’s books for the last [unreadable] days are as follows: . . .  John Callahan and Bessie Thaxton, of Clear Lake . . .

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From the Centralia Daily Chronicle, 25 Sep 1929:


MONTESANO, Sept. 25. — A neighborhood altercation between Floyd Truman, 48, and Bert Wisdom, 35, ended with both men in jail after Wisdom had shot Truman in the mouth with a small revolver.

Some of Truman’s teeth were knocked out and it is thought the bullet lodged in the roof of his mouth, although he himself said he spit it out.

The trouble is alleged to have arisen when Truman went to Wisdom’s house and accused Mr. and Mrs. Wisdom of furnishing his cousin and housekeeper, Mrs. Betty Thaxton, with liquor with which, he claimed, she got drunk.  The Wisdoms are reported to have replied that she made her own liquor and got herself drunk.  Following this the quarrel mounted until the shooting.

The sheriff reported later that a search revealed no liquor at the Wisdom place, but several large bottles of beer, a sypon and other paraphernalia were found at Truman’s.

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From the Centralia  Daily Chronicle, 08 Jul 1931:


MONTESANO, July 8–Following a long illness, Elijah Truman, 90, Civil War veteran, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. W. M. Thaxton, here.  Mr. Truman came west in Chehalis in 1906 and in 1925 came here to live with Mrs. Thaxton.  He is survived by three sons, Archie in West Virginia, Marion of Riffe and Floyd of Montesano; three grandsons, Harry Truman, Shirley Ice and Commodore Truman, and three grandddaughters, June Cook, Geraldine Thompson and Doris Rodgers.

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From the Walla-Walla Union Bulletin, 27 Jan 1946:


SEATTLE UPI–Thugs operating in a south end alley within one hour Friday night slugged two soldiers and a sailor and robbed them of an aggregate $780.  Pfc. R. L. Thaxton, who lost $490, had to be hospitalized for a severe head injury.

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From the Walla-Walla Union Bulletin, 18 Oct 1952:


Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Thaxton, Milton-Freewater, boy, October 17 (St. Mary’s).

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From the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 23 Nov 1952:

Stork List in October Gains

The health department in October registered 97 new citizens born in Walla Walla county. . . . [List of names, including:] Donald Curtis Thaxton, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Thaxton, Milton-Freewater.

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From the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 12 Jan 1953:

Man Held For Death of Wife

MONTESANO (UPI) — Ernest Thaxton, Westport, was being held in the Grays Harbor County jail here Sunday without charge after the body of Mrs. Elaine H. Thaxton was found in the middle of a Montesano street.

Deputy prosecutor Paul Fournier said Thaxton was arrested after witnesses said he and Mrs. Thaxton had been involved in a fight at the home of friends about an hour before the woman’s body was found.

Fournier said witnesses told of hearing the woman scream, “Don’t hit me with that again.”

The deputy prosecutor said Mrs. Thaxton, who appeared to be in her early 40s, had wounds on the back and front of her head and a gash under her left eye.  County Coroner Dr. E. B. Riley said death was caused by a blow to the head.  No autopsy or inquest is planned, Rile said.

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From the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 23 Jan 1953:

Gets Jail Sentence

MONTESANO — Ernest Thaxton of Westport, whose wife was found dying on a Montesano street the morning of January 10, was sentenced to six months on the county jail Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to a third degree assault charge.

The charge was filed by Paul Fourner, deputy prosecutor.  It was in connection with Thaxton’s admission that he had “bloodied” Mrs. Thaxton’s nose a short time prior to her death, Fournier said.

A coronery’s jury had ruled Mrs. Thaxton’s death was due primarily to alcoholism and a liver condition.

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From the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, 28 Mar 1953:

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Thaxton and small son have gone to Weiser, Ida., to visit Thaxton’s parents before he returns to the Veterans Hospital for further treatment.

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