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Marriage of James C Flanagan and Betty Johnson, 1945

Pasadena Star News and Pasadena Post Sun, 16 Sep 1945

Betty Johnson’s marriage to Corp James Flanagan Told: Pair in Palm Beach

Mr and Mrs RH Johnson, 390 North Vinedo, are announcing the marriage of their daughter, Miss Elizabeth Katherine (Betty) Johnson to Corp James Cashion Flanagan.  The two were wed July 24, 1945 in Oakland.

Corporal Flanagan, the son of Mrs Charles Dallinger of Los Angeles, and the grandson of Col JW Flanagan of Palm Beach, Fla, and of Mrs AW Elliot of Whittier, has recently returned from eight months service in France and Germany with the 308th Ordnance MM Company. He joined his wife in Passadena and the two visited relatives here before travelling to Palm Beach, where they are the guests of Colonel Flanagan.

Young Mrs Flanagan is a graduate of Passadena Junior College where she was a member of the Club. She plans to begin her junior year at the University of California at Berkeley this fall. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Her husband, who is now on furglough, will report to Camp Ord, Sep 30. He attended Upper Canada College, Toronto, Canada and belongs to Sigma Nu fraternity.

Oakland Tribune Sun, 5 Nov 1944

Fall Engagements Made – Known in Sorority Circles

Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority members have added two more to their engaged and married list at the house. With the opening of the new semester at University of California, announcement was made Monday evening at dinner in the chapter house of the engagement of Miss Elizabeth Kincaid to Cpl David Smith of the United States Marine Corps and of the marriage of Miss Elizabeth Katharine Johnson and Pvt James Cashion Flanagan, USA.

Miss Kincaid is no in Rio de Janeiro, where she accompanied her parents, Mr and Mrs Carl Kincaid, some time ago.  Berkeley was formerly their home.  The  bride-elect will return here as soon as she can get transportation and plan for her wedding.

Cpl Davis is a son of Mr and Mrs David Smith of Passadena.  He was a former Stanford man and Beta Theta Pi.  At present he is stationed in the East.

Obituary, Josephine Blanche Cashion, 1988

Arizona Republic, 20 Jan 1988

Josephine Blanche Cashion, 76, of Spleenora, Texas, a homemaker and former Cashion resident, died Jan 17 1988 in Houston.  She was born in Fort Worth, Texas.  Survivors include her husband, James; son Jack; daughter Jill Miller; and four grandchildren.  Graveside services will be held at noon today at Greenwood Memorial Park, 2300 W Van Buren.  Messinger Mortuary made arrangements.

Obituary, John Copeland, 1934

Montreal Gazette, 15 Oct 1934

John Copeland dead

Was member of Cornwall Fire Department for 60 years

(special to the Gazette)

Cornwall, October 14 – Not in the best of health for about a year, but able to be about until two weeks ago, John Copeland died Saturday night at the home of his sister, Miss Jessie Copeland, 327 Second St East.

Born at Eamer’s Corners, just north of Cornwall, he was a son of John Copeland and his wife, Mary A Tait, he was in his 71st year.  John Copeland Sr was registrar for Stormont County for many years and John Copeland Jr was associated with him until his father’s death.  For many years he was connected with the office staff of Stormont Electric Light and Power Company and Cornwall Electric Street Railway Company.  He was a member Court Sydney, Canadian Foresters and of Cam Aberdeen, Sons of Scotland.  In religion, he was a Presbyterian.

He leaves a son Nelson Copeland, also a member of the fire department, a brother Nathan Copeland, of the East Front, an ex Reeve of Cornwall Township, two sisters Miss Maude Copeland of Pasadena, Calif, who has been her old home here for a month, and Miss Jessie Copeland.

The funeral will take place Monday afternoon to Woodland Cemetery and will be under the auspices of the fire department.

Gauron Bridge, Montreal, 1912

This image, mounted on card was a part of the collection of images from my great-uncle Clair’s home. I have been able to identify the bridge as the Gauron Bridge which was constructed in 1912-3, and is located on the Lachine Canal, and is used to connect Dollard Avenue.

The bridge is a single leaf bascule bridge which was designed to lift up for canal traffic, although it no longer does so. It was designed by the Strauss Bascule Bridge Company of Chicago, and built by Dominion Bridge of Montreal. I am not sure if Laurin and Leitch were involved in the construction of the bridge, although the presence of a picture of the bridge (which I believe was framed in the house) means it is likely that they were a sub-contractor on the project.

I did find it rather difficult to get a good image for comparison for identifying the bridge because most of the images on the internet are from the other side of the canal. I confirmed its identity after figuring out it was on the Lachine canal, and then looking at all the bridges that date from early in the 20th century. Google Maps was the final confirmation, when I was able to virtually travel the bridge and get in the approximate place where the photo was taken.

a different angle – from

A Cashion Mystery…. 1948-9

In the newspapers a few days before his sister’s death…..

Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct 1948

Hunt intensifies for Missing Arizonan

Search for James Arthur Cashion , 42, son of pioneer railroad builder in Arizona, who has been missing since Oct 9, was intensified yesterday with the arrival here of US Atty Frank E Flynn of Phoenix.

Flynn accompanied the missing man’s wife, Mrs Josephine Cashion, to Los Angeles after becoming interested in Cashion’s disappearance from a San Fernando Café.

Confer with police

The two conferred yesterday with Police Sgt EF Holmes of the Missing Persons Bureau and plan to discuss the disappearance with the District Attorney’s investigators today.

Mrs Cashion said she and her husband came here from Phoenix on Oct. 9 to visit his seriously ill sister, Mrs Charles P Dellinger, at Forrester Sanatorium in the San Fernando Valley.

Disappears twice

When she went to the sanitorium to pick up her husband, Mrs Cashion continued, he left her without explanation.  She subsequently found him in San Fernando, but he disappeared again and hasn’t been seen since, she told Sgt Holmes.

Cashion is the son of the late James Arthur Cashion Sr, who supervised laying of the Sante Fe Railroad through Arizona in the early 1880s.

The Valley Times, 30 Oct 1948

Ariz Millionaire Hunted by Police

A missing Arizona millionaire’s trail from a San Fernando café, where he was last seen Oct 9, was a complete blank today.

Search for James A Cashion, heir to a $7 000 000 railroad fortune, was intensified today with the arrival of Mrs Cashion and US Attorney Frank E Flynn of Phoenix in Los Angeles, to assist police and sheriff’s deputies.

Cashion was last seen in a San Fernando café where he and Mrs Cashion stopped on the night of Oct 9 according to her reports to police.

They had come to the Valley to visit his sister, Mrs Charles P Dellinger, who was seriously ill at Forrester Sanatorium, north of San Fernando, Mrs Dellinger died three days later.

Cashion had left the hospital without an explanation and his wife found him walking on a San Fernando street alone.  They were staying at 1270 S Beverly Glen Blvd, West Los Angeles.  Previously, she said, he had a quarrel with his nephew J Flanagan of Puente.

The missing man is a Phoenix rancher and the son of the late James A Cashion Sr who made a fortune when Sante Fe railroad tracks were laid through Arizona some 70 years ago.

The San Bernadino County Sun, 1 Nov 1948

Pioneer Rail Builder’s son being hunted

Los Angeles, Oct 31 – US Attorney Frank E Flynn of Phoenix Arizona was here today to help police search for James Arthur Cashion, missing 42-year-old son of a pioneer Arizona railroad builder.

Mrs Josephine Cashion told officers she has not seen her husband since he walked away from their table in a San Fernando restaurant, Oct 9.

And a year later this appears in the Arizona papers:

The Arizona Republic, 8 Oct 1949

Missing Cashion Rancher located

Reappearance of James Cashion, 42 years old, valley rancher was announced Thursday by Frank E Flynn, US district attorney.

Cashion was reported missing almost a year ago and for a time had been feared dead. Flynn said the man was located about three weeks ago but declined to explain the disappearance.

The rancher, who owns about 800 acres of land near Cashion, disappeared while visiting a sick sister in a hospital at San Fernando, Calf last October 9.

What Happened??????

Obituary Jean Elizabeth Cashion Flanagan Dellinger, 1948

Los Angeles Times 19 Oct 1948

Mrs Jean Dellinger

Requiem Mass for Mrs Jean Elizabeth Dellinger, 45, of 746 Coronado St, will be celebrated at 9 am in Precious Blood Church, with Pierce Bros in charge.  Born in Mare, Ariz, she came to Los Angeles with her parents 44 years ago. She died Saturday, leving a son, James Cashion Flanagan.  Internment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Obituary, Nathaniel Newall Copeland, 1957

The Boston Globe, 23 May 1957

Dr N Newall Copeland

Pittsfield, May 22 – Dr N Newall Copeland, 60, well-known surgeon and bank official here, died suddenly at his home, 66 Tor Court, of a heart attack.

A native of Cornwall, Ont, Dr Copeland was a graduate of McGill University.  He had practiced medicine here since 1926.

Dr Copeland was vice-president and chairman of the executive committee of the Union Federal Savings and Loan Assn, Pittsfield branch, and was also a director.

He was past president of the Berkshire County Medical Society and a member of the surgical staff of Pittsfield General Hospital, and St Luke’s Hospital here.

Dr Copeland leaves a wife; two sons, Allen and John Copeland of Pittsfield, and a brother, Dr John Copeland of Albany.

Arrangements are being made at the Wellington funeral home.

The Times Record, 23 May 1957

Brother of area physician dies at Pittsfield, Mass

Dr N Newall Copeland, 60, brother of Dr John Copeland of Albany and a surgeon for 30 years, died of a heart attack at his Pittsfield, Mass, home yesterday.  He was a member of the surgical staffs of St Luke’s and General hospitals at Pittsfield. 

Dr Copeland was vice-president and chairman of the executive committee of the Union Federal Savings and Loan Assn of Pittsfield and Springfield, Mass.  He is survived by his widow and two sons in addition to his brother.

Obituary, Nathan Copeland, 1950

The Ottawa Citizen, 10 Aug 1950

N Copeland Official at Cornwall, dies

Cornwall – Nathan Copeland, former member of the Cornwall Township Council, filling the offices of councillor, deputy reeve and reeve and also a former member of the county council, died here yesterday following a short illness.  He was 78.

The late Mr Copeland acted as assessor and tax collector for the township after he gave up his positions in the council.

He was born at Eamers Corners, just north of Cornwall, a son of the late John Copeland, for many years registrar for the County of Stormont.

He was well known as a of cattle and sheep at fall fairs.  He was a member of St Johns Church, Cornwall.  His home was on the East Front, a short distance below the city.

He is survived by his widow, formerly Emma Gardner; three sons, Dr John G Copeland, Albany, NY; Dr Newall Copeland, Pittsfield, Mass and George Copeland in the homestead; a daughter Mrs Clifford Clark, St Catharines, Ont, and a sister, Miss Jessie Copeland, Cornwall.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from his home to Woodlawn Cemetery

Marriage Hargrave – Price, 1918

Globe (Toronto) 8 Mar 1918

Hargrave – Price

A pretty wedding took place on Wednesday in the vestry of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes when Doreen Elizabeth, only daughter of Mr and Mrs J Fraser Price, was married to Dr Ralph Hargrave, CAMC, the Right Rev Monseignor Whealan officiating.  The bride was given away by her father, and wore a travelling suit of navy blue Poiret twill with hat to match, and white fox furs. The bridesmaid, Miss Anna Graham, wore a French gown of moonlight blue satin, veiled in black Georgette crepe with small black hat.  The groom was supported by Dr Russell Gilray, fellow officer from the Base Hospital.  After the ceremony the happy couple left for Detroit, Cleveland and Montreal.


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