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Elbert Bill Archibald
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Birth: Sep. 14, 1874
Minnesota, USA
Death: Aug. 21, 1945
Tuolumne County
California, USA

The Union Democrat
August 23, 1945
Page 5 Column 4

Funeral Pending For E. Archibald

Elbert Archibald, 70, a native of Minnesota and resident of Columbia for the past fifteen years, died Tuesday night in a local hospital following a short illness. A miner by occupation, he leaves no known relatives.

Elbert had been a self employed bar keeper living in Los Angeles. He had brown hair, hazel eyes and was medium in build and height.

Elbert's father, Matthew Taylor Archibald, was born in Musquodoboit, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada October 13, 1843. His mother, Josephine D. Hutchinson, was born in Musquodoboit, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada about 1847.

All of his grandparents were born in Nova Scotia.

Elbert had a brother two years younger than he named Robert, and an uncle named David Archibald who was several years younger than his father.

The family lived in Medina and Independence, Hennepin County, Minnesota, where "Taylor" Archibald was a farmer. The family moved to California before 1885. Elbert eventually moved to Los Angeles where he worked on busses and as a bar keeper.

Elbert had a younger sister, Lorena Bessie Archibald, who was born in California in August 1885. She married Earl Leonard Bowser, and they had two sons, Walter Bowser (1905 1984) and Edward James Bowser (1908 1959).

In a message from his grandnephew, I learned that Lorena and her husband passed away early in their sons' lives and that "Uncle Eb" was named Walter and Edward's guardian. He remembers his grand-uncle as always bringing a five gallon tin of honey whenever he visited and that he thought "Uncle Eb" was a beekeeper. It was likely his side-line.

In 1930, Elbert found himself unemployed and moved to Tuolumne County to become a miner. There he spent his last years.

At the age of 70, Elbert was stricken with illness and soon passed away in a Sonora hospital.

As far as anyone could tell at the time, Elbert left no known relatives. He did have living relatives though. Two nephews were living at the time. They were Walter Bowser
(1905 1984) and Edward James Bowser (1908 1959).
Columbia Public Cemetery
Tuolumne County
California, USA
Plot: Pg 5, Sec 123
Created by: P. L. Mohr
Record added: May 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52685812
Elbert Bill Archibald
Added by: P. L. Mohr
Elbert Bill Archibald
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I hope that someday you will have a nice headstone and will be found by your family.
- P. L. Mohr
 Added: Jun. 17, 2010

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