|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1912|
|Death: ||Jun. 15, 1981|
Shelton Lawrence Abersold
Born February 15, 1912 at Pampa, Texas to Roy T. Abersold and Emma Yenni Abersold.
Died June 15, 1981 at Cottonwood Arizona and buried on June 19, 1981 in the Coachella Valley Cemetery.
He married Rowena E. Hale on April 13, 1937 at Olathe, Kansas. There were no children from this marriage.
Abe, as he was known by all who knew him, grew up on the family farm in Texas and was the oldest of three children. He worked his way through college and graduated with a teaching degree in physics and woodshop. He was also a member of the National Guard. After teaching several years he was called up to serve in the U.S. Army as 1st Lieutenant during World War ll. One of his first duties was to help establish Camp Young for General Patton's tank corps. He served in both the European and Pacific theatres; he was discharged in 1946 but continued with the Army reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his fine service.
After the war Abe and Rowena settled in Indio, California and purchased the Butcher Boy cafe, then later the Brown Jug liquor store. Over the next 30 years, the two businesses required long hours of work to operate.
Abe was an excellent horseman and cowboy. Many young boys and girls benefited from his teachings of riding and caring of animals. He was one of the original organizers of the Riverside County Sheriff's Posse in Indio and was solely responsible for starting the Rough Riders youth riding club. He was committed to serving the community that he lived in and did so by fund-raising for lighting three baseball fields, the building of a Boys Club and other youth activities. He served on the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, and was president of the Riverside County National Date Festival from 1972 to 1979.
In an article written June 26, 1981 by Jeri Taylor for the Desert Sun newspaper she wrote: "From a state that claims the ‘biggest and the best,' California was the winner when this giant of a Texan moved to the Coachella Valley."
W. C. Payne
Coachella Valley Public Cemetery
Plot: Block 4, unit 8, lot 263
Created by: Bill and Sue Payne
Record added: Feb 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47721352