Essie (Rock) Thackston Dale (1881-1965)

From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 14 Jun 1965, an obituary of Cora Essie Rock, who married Perry C. Thackston (son of John W. Thackston and Jennie Luckey, grandson of William Wesley Thackston and Sarah Ann McCready, great-grandson of John H. Thackston and Frances Vawter, great-great-grandson of Nathaniel Thackston and Elizabeth Foster, 3g-grandson of James Thackston and Mary Wimbish) and had one child, Inez Thackston, and later married Ford J. Dale:

Essie Dale Dies at 85

Mrs. Essie R. Dale, for many years a prominent businesswoman in Fairbanks and a member of the House of Representatives in Territorial days died at her home last night at the age of 85.

Mrs. Dale and her husband, F.J. Dale, came to Fairbanks in the mid-thirties from Teton County, Wyo., where she had been county superintendent of schools for eight years.  Prior to that time she was principal of a school in Jackson, Wyo.

Mrs. Dale received her education in Kansas normal schools and at the University of Wyoming.  In 1909 she married F. J. Dale, who died in Fairbanks in 1951.  The couple had three children, Henri Dale, who died last year here, Inez Dale Ferguson, now living in Anchorage and Dorothy Dale, a school teacher here.

Mrs. Dale served in the Territorial House of Representatives in 1949.   Previous to that time she was the owner of two women’s apparel shops in Fairbanks.   In 1952 she was president of the Fairbanks Retail Merchants’ Association.  For several years she was a member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.   She also served on the Fairbanks Planning Board under the late mayor Hjalmar Nordale and was Democratic National Committeewoman for four years.

Mrs. Dale was active in civic affairs and in educational work.  During the past several years she owned and operated a real estate firm in Fairbanks.

Mrs. Dale’s body is at the Alaskan Funeral Home.


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 30 Mar 1956:

WANTED HOUSEKEEPER, white or colored.  Small house near, furnished for housekeeper.  Must be good clean cook.  No drinkers need apply.  Essie Dale, phone 4506 or 3204 for interview.


From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 02 Aug 1975, an obituary of a son of Inez Thackston Ferrin Ferguson:

Ferrin dies in Portland

A former Fairbanks resident, Ray “Woody” Ferrin, 46, died recently in the Veterans Hospital in Portland, Ore. He came to Fairbanks in 1938 and attended school here.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ferguson of California, a son of Pittsburgh. Pa., two aunts, Dorothy and Celia Dale and cousins Henri and Rock Dale, all of Fairbanks.


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