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Lorin Cotterell "Fritz" Ericksen
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Birth: Feb. 13, 1902
Mount Pleasant
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
Death: Apr. 14, 1987
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Son of Amasa Ericksen and Ethel Aurelia Cotterell

Married Elva Charlotte Johnson, 23 April 1924, Reno, Washoe, Nevada

Married Helen B. Hamlet, 27 July 1974, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Sketch - Lorin and Elva Ericksen Chronicle, Written by Sterling Ray Ericksen

Lorin was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah; the city’s maximum population was approximately 3500. By 1950, the population had dropped to 1500. During the influenza epidemic of 1918, whole families died and the ground was so frozen that graves could not be dug. No one in Lorin’s family got the flu.

Lorin lost that year of school and never did graduate. He left school shortly after his 18th birthday and went to work at the Sego Coal Mine. He was the weigh master, a very good job for an 18 year old. He got the job because the foreman of the TIPPLE had a guilty conscience. He had spooked a horse that Lorin was riding and it had thrown Lorin. As weigh master, Lorin weighed each car of coal and credited the amount to each miner.

In 1921 the Sego Coal Mine was closed because the railroads and ships were all starting to convert from coal to diesel oil. The railroad agent in Mt. Pleasant trained Lorin in telegraphy and odd jobs at the station for no pay. In May, 1923 Lorin received a job with Southern Pacific in Carlin, Nevada. He was a manifest clerk at $6.22/shift, seven days a week. The physical exam that he had to take for Southern Pacific required and X-ray.

Lorin “Fritz” was very skilled at maintaining and repairing their home. He did most of the work required to add on a new room which became Elva’s Beauty Shop at home. She worked in her Beauty Parlor until she became too sick to go on.

Elva loved to cook for her extended family. Fresh bread, pies, and homemade jellies were her standard fare. Family dinners on Sunday and holidays were enjoyed as often as possible.

On February 13, 1962 Fritz had an operation for a duodenal ulcer. On August 22, 1967 he was hospitalized for an acute myocardial infarction and arteriosclerotic heart disease. On June 10, 1969 he had a successful operation for bladder cancer. He had another coronary attack on March 28, 1970 caused by a partial heart block. He had an aneurism of the aorta that required extensive surgery in 1972. He died from complications caused by congestive heart failure in 1987.

When Elva was nine months old her foot was crushed and broken by a horse drawn freight wagon. She almost lost her leg but the doctor was able to save it. She wore a brace on her leg until she was twelve years old. This accident caused Elva much pain and later in her life it triggered many falls.

On January 14, 1972 she learned that she had chronic granulocytic leukemia and myelofibrosis. After four cycles of remission and recurrence, she died on December 31, 1972.

Lorin and Elva were married 49 years. They were both very capable adults who worked hard to provide for their family.

Two years after Elva’s death Lorin married Helen Smith. Lorin sold the Burbank home for $32,000. Helen and Lorin lived in Glendale until Lorin died in 1987. 
Family links: 
  Amasa Ericksen (1865 - 1949)
  Ethel Aurelia Cottrell Ericksen (1870 - 1967)
  Elva Charlotte Johnson Ericksen (1905 - 1972)*
  William Raymond Ericksen (1894 - 1926)*
  Lorin Cotterell Ericksen (1902 - 1987)
*Calculated relationship
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Murmuring Trees, Map G25, Lot 6136, Space 1
Maintained by: SMSmith
Originally Created by: Chris Mills
Record added: Feb 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85870025
Lorin Cotterell Fritz Ericksen
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Lorin Cotterell Fritz Ericksen
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