|Birth: ||Sep. 15, 1892|
San Bernardino County
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 1988|
San Bernardino County
Ann and Les Henderson lived in Running Springs, S.B. Co., Ca. for about 22 years and were among the best known residents of that community.
No one could be better classed as 'native' Californians than the Hendersons. Ann, daughter of John and Etta (Leedom( Bostwick, was a true daughter of California. She was born (15 Sept. 1892) in Bloomington (S.B. Co.), and raised in Colton (S. B. Co.). Les was born and raised in San Bernardino, as were his mother and father. Both of their families could be called true 'pioneer' stock, since they migrated to the west by covered wagons many years ago.
Ann taught for many years in the Los Angeles School System and Les was a master plumber in Los Angeles for a long time,. Les, retired officially the first time around 1945, at which time he and Ann left Los Angeles to move to Running Springs. They built their home at 31734 Valley View Drive, and it was at about this time that Les discovered Running Springs was without a competent plumber. He immediately 'un-retired' himself and went into the plumbing business as a contractor.
He was joined later in this business by their son, Donald, who was discharged from the Army Air Force with the rank of Lieutenant. Les and Don remained in business until Don formed Timberlane Homes, Inc. and Les retired for the second time. Don and Margie (Dahl) Henderson, over the years, presented Ann and Les with 4 grandchildren: twins Rodney and Gary, Kathy Lynn (Henderson) Bray and David Leslie.
The Henderson's daughter, Norma, lives in Saratoga, California, and is married to Jim Fulton who is plant engineer for Lockheed Missles at Sunnyvale.
Retirement for Ann and Les is far from a boring existence, due to their many interests. They spend part of their time 'down the hill' visiting their many friends, and taking care of their business interests, and during the heavy snow season, they stay in an apartment they own in Highland. They are both active in the Native Sons and Daughters of California, an organization in which Les was twice President, in both 1939 and 1955. They were both dedicated workers in helping to start the Women's Community Clubhouse, the building in which most of the town's social events are presently held. Ann is twice Past President of the Running Springs Women's Club, and a very active member, while Les is a member of the Running Springs Lions Club, one of the charter members and a Past President of the organization.
Les is one of the most ardent sports fans in the mountains, and follows Rim High School's games. His one true love, other than Ann, of course, is the USC Trojans. Les never fails to purchase season tickets to all of Troy's football games, and seldom misses a game.
The Hendersons love fun and dancing, and if possible, they never miss a party or a dance. Even during the last Snow-Ball dance, when Ann was suffering with a sprained ankle, and she couldn't dance, the Hendersons were there! People like Ann and Ann, we can't get along without, here or any place else!
From another article in the Running Springs newspaper:
NEWLYWEDS? - Not really, but they act like it. Pictures are Ann and Les Henderson on their 65th wedding anniversary. The Witch's Cottage restaurant was the scene of a festive reception Sunday for the Hendersons who were joined by nearly 100 guests to help them celebrate. Relatives and old and new friends came from far and near to honor the couple who pioneered Running Springs. Hosted by Running Springs Women's Club and Lions Club, guests were welcomed at the door by President, Jane Woodman, President Ed Perry, and chairperson of the event, Carol Day. Festivities included a champagne punch and a huge buffet table.
-The article appeared on July 24, 1977 (Their anniversary was July 22, 1977.)
On 22 July, 1912, Anna Bostwick married Leslie Emil 'Les' Henderson in Colton, S.B. Co.,California. They had two children:
1)Norma V. (Henderson), b. 16 Dec., 1915 in Colton, Riverside Co., California. She married James Fulton. Norma died 27 June, 2007.
2) Donald Leslie 'Don' Henderson, born in San Bernardino Co., Ca. Don married Margaret 'Margie' Dahl.
Anna was in good health and her mind was sharp almost to the end.
IN MEMORIAM - Anna 'Ann' Henderson 1892 - 1988
One of Running Springs grand ladies has entered the Kingdom of God. She went to her resting on Monday morning, February 1 at Loma Linda University Hospital. Ninety-five year old Ann Henderson and her 95 year old husband, Les, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last July.
With her passing, she leaves her husband, Les; son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Henderson of Redlands; a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James Fulton of Saratoga, CA. and Running Springs; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The couple moved to Running Springs in 1944. Ann was an active member of the Running Springs Women's Club and served as its president for two terms; once in 1951 and again in 1961. Les has been affiliated with the Running Springs Lions Club for over fifty years and served two terms as the president. Both Ann and Les were honored by the Lions Club in 1986 when the group celebrated their 45th birthday. They were also honored as Grand Marshalls of the Winterfest Parade in about 1984.
Several years ago, the couple moved to Highland before moving to Redlands last year to be closer to Donald and his family. Ann and Les spent many years in the mountains and their daughter, Norma, will keep the family home.
Memorial services will be held at Bobbit's at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13. Bobbit's is located at 1299 East Highland Avenue in San Bernardino. No flowers are requested but contributions may be made to the City of Hope.
John Solomon Bostwick (1862 - 1950)
Etta A Leedom Bostwick (1873 - 1943)
Leslie Emil Henderson (1892 - 1991)*
Norma Vivian Henderson Fulton (1915 - 2007)*
Hermosa Memorial Gardens
San Bernardino County
Created by: Chloe
Record added: Aug 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40917287