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Edward F Ayers
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Birth: Sep. 2, 1887
Death: Feb. 23, 1960

Edward Ayers married Pearl Belle Grace Slawson (b. 20 Oct, 1887 in Iowa) on the Fourth of July 1906. They were married three weeks and two days when this happened:

The Vancouver Independent

Published 08-02-1906

Mrs. Pearl Ayers, wife of Edward Ayers, residing at Ellsworth, and bride of but three weeks, was fatally burned last Friday, while attempting to fight a fire with kerosene. She died at 11 o'clock after suffering intense agony for several hours.

Mrs. Ayers was in the act of lighting the fire after saturating the wood in the stove with kerosene, when the can containing the kerosene exploded setting fire to her clothes. Running to the door of the home, Mrs. Ayers endeavored to put out the flames, but the wind only made them stronger. Near by was Percy Coldwell, son of W. E. Coldwell, who with great presence of mind called to a girl to telephone for a physician. In the meantime young Coldwell put out the flames, but not until practically all the unfortunate woman's clothing had burned to an ash along with the flesh of her body.

Deceased was the daughter of H Slawson and was married July 4.

The Ayers home was completely destroyed by the fire that followed the exploding of the kerosene.

[I happened across that article today on the Clark County Genweb site. Just pure luck on my part.]

Pearl was buried in the Old City Cemetery in Vancouver. Her Grave stone reads: "Gone in her young years. Ere sorrow could stain. Afar from life's cares. Its grief and its pain." She was only 18.

Edward moved back in with his parents Ada May and Elijah Smith after the fire and was still living there during the 1910 census. At that time Daniel Smith, Elijah's brother lived next door with his wife and a 23 year old daughter named Florence L Smith. On July 9th, 1910 Edward and Florence were married in Vancouver. They had three daughters: Eva born in 1911, hazel born in 1913 and Helen who was born on October 8th , 1916.

On October 9th, 1916, the day after Helen was born, Florence died of pneumonia and complications due to child birth. She is buried in the Old City Cemetery in Vancouver.

During the 1920 census Edward was once again living with his mother who was presumably helping to raise the three girls.

In 1926 Edward married Martha E Harrison, a woman seven years his senior who may have emigrated from England in 1920 (Still checking that out). They were together until her death on November 21 st, 1952.

Edward died 8 years latter on 23 Feb. 1960 in Portland Oregon.

Edward and Martha are buried in Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver, Washington. 
Family links: 
  Ada May Carter Smith (1869 - 1953)
  Pearl Grace Slawson Ayers (1887 - 1906)
  Florence L Smith Ayers (1886 - 1916)
  Martha E Harrison Ayers (1880 - 1952)
  Eva Lucill Ayers Mason (1911 - 1998)*
  Charles Edward Ayers (1913 - 1929)*
  Florance Helen Ayers Dahlstrom (1916 - 1998)*
  Edward F Ayers (1887 - 1960)
  Jesse James Ayers (1891 - 1947)*
  Cora May Ayers Ross (1897 - 1970)*
  Arthur Hanson Smith (1910 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Hill Cemetery
Clark County
Washington, USA
Plot: B 194-2
Created by: Russ Carter
Record added: Mar 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49865233
Edward F Ayers
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Edward F Ayers
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