|Birth: ||Mar. 22, 1881|
|Death: ||Aug. 28, 1966|
Born: Maxwell, California March 22, 1881
Tom Calmes was the son of Leafy Wilson and Timothy Calmes. When he was 10, his mother, and sister Georgia Calmes, moved to the Merrill Community to live with his grandfather, Samuel Wilson.
Tom attended Gale School, two miles from Merrill, it was the only school in the community. He later took a business course at Ashland Normal.
In 1911 he bought his first boat, the CRYSTAL. He used it to push bargeloads of cinders from Tulelake Peninsula to Merrill for road building.
Thom and Florence Carr Strong, were married in San Francisco on April 30, 1923. In 1925 they and Florence's daughter Eulen Strong moved to TuleLake where they farmed government leased land, near the Lava Beds. They also ran a hunting camp during the waterfowl season.
In 1934 they purchased the Nelson Ranch near Keno and moved there in 1935. They farmed, raised hogs and cattle. Tom continued to work the ranch until shortly before his death.
Tom and Florence were the parents of Monniette and Barney Calmes.
HERALD AND NEWS, KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON
AUGUST 30, 1966
PIONEER TOM CALMES, 85, IS DEAD
Tom Calmes, 85, a well known resident of Klamath County, died at his home in Keno on Sunday.
He was born March 22, 1881, in Maxwell, California. He came to Klamath County with his grandfather, the late Samuel Wilson, who was the first justice of the peace of Merrill. As a boy Calmes attended Gale, located two miles from Merrill and the only school in the coummunity. He later took a business course at Ashland Normal.
In addition to ranching, Calmes pioneered boating on Tulelake. He used a barge to haul lava cinders from the Peninsula to Merrill to be used by Klamath County for road construction.
Calmes was one of the first farmers to utilize the rich land from the receding lake water. He purchased their permanent home and until his illness two months ago continued to work n the ranch.
He is survived by the widow, the former Florence Carr, whom he married in 1922, and one son, Barney Calmes of Keno; two daughters, Eulene McAuliffe of Klamath Falls and Monniette Buckingham of Keno; one sister Ruby Spice of Los Angeles; a nephew Lyle Merrill of Jacksonville,Oregon; 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Leafy Van Brimmer (____ - 1944)
Florence Sylvia Carr Calmes (1894 - 1986)
Cora White Calmes (1879 - 1912)*
Monniette Calmes Gardner (1927 - 2009)*
Created by: Keno Public Cemetery
Record added: Nov 29, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16852672