Lawrence "Elmer" Wright was born November 12, 1886 in Nebraska to John Samuel and Amanda Poage Wright.
He was the youngest of 5 children, with 3 older sisters and one older brother.
Elmer was soft spoken and amazingly short (5'8") given the impressive height of many of his descendants. He liked to whittle and hang out with friends.
I am thinking, based on the photos I have seen and the fact that he frequently wore a small brimmed dress hat that Elmer was a pretty natty dresser. He appears to have favored oiling his hair, which I used to find intriguing in his son, my grandfather. This was in the days before mousse.
He was apparently entrepreneurial minded, like his descendants, and probably his forebears given their pioneering ways. He was a butcher (proprietor of the Peoples Meat Market), until he somehow contracted typhoid and during WWII owned a Conoco station. This desire to own service stations also seems to have been in his genes.
1n 1942, when Elmer was 55, Martha died. By that time, his youngest child, Betty Jo, was 11, Dean was 13 and his other children were already grown.
In 1945, Elmer remarried and he and his wife, Pansy, moved to Oregon, I think to be closer to some of his children. Pansy Died and Elmer moved in with his oldest son. He died in 1957 at the age of 69.
He died on May 24 1957 in Canby, OR.
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