Monday, January 27, 2014

Chester A. Potter, 1891-1947, s/o Alfred.

Spotted these two stones in Pines Cemetery, in Spokane Valley, Washington. According to the U.S. censuses and our Washington Digital Archives website, here is what I learned about these Potters:

Chester A. Potter was born in 1893 in Iowa, the son of Alfred and Emma U. Potter. He died on 25 Oct 1947 in Yardley, Spokane Co, WA.  All his life he had been a railroad car inspector. Nellie or Nelly M. was born in 1889, also in Iowa,  and died in 1961.

In the 1920 census, the couple were living in Malden, Washington with John F. Kight, age 69, born Iowa and his wife Cornelia R., aage 68, also born in Iowa. John Kight was a railroad bridge carpenter. Chester A. and Nellie M. were both 27, born in Iowa.

By the 1930 census, they were living in Spokane. Chester was a railway inspector. Also in the household were John F. Knight, father-in-law, age 79, b. Iowa, and Cornelia R., mother-in-law, born Ohio. (??)

On the 1940 census, Chester A. and Nelly M. were still in Spokane. He was a railroad car inspector; he had education only through the 8th grade; he owned his house; he had worked 39 weeks in 1939. Also living with them were Milton L. Kight, age 63, brother-in-law, born Iowa, and Cornelia R. Kight, mother-in-law, age 89, born Ohio.

It does appear that Chester and Nellie had no descendants; please add any information YOU know about this couple. (Note the different spellings: Kight - Knight.)

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