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 William Ernest Bales

William Ernest Bales

Greenville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 13 Feb 1955 (aged 68)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot Sec 122, Lot 271, Grave 1
Memorial ID 101523193 · View Source
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William Ernest Bales, who was told by doctors 35 years ago that he did not have long to live, died Sunday at the age of 69.

An early oil wildcatter in California, Mr. Bales went on to carve a successful career in the oil industry. He retired in 1951 after 40 years service with the Standard Oil company where he was chief salesman in the Portland area.

In 1920 Mr. Bales was told he would have only a short time to live. Doctors in San Francisco said after a serious operation there was no hope to save his life.

As an early independent oil driller, Mr. Bales and six partners explored the Bakersfield, Cal., area. Mr. Bales had to drop out of the partnership. He was $600 short of paying his share of the cost of the next well. That well was a gusher and the other six men went on to fortunes in oil.

Born in Greenville, Tenn., Mr. Bales came to Portland 35 years ago. His wife died in 1951. Mr. Bales, who lived at 2904 S.E. 28th avenue, is survived by a daughter, Elva L. Cecil, Portland, and three sons, George H. Bales, Portland; Russell E. Bales, Indonesia, and William E. Bales Jr., El Monte, Cal. Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Colonial mortuary. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery.

[The Oregonian, 16 Feb 1955, p15; w/photo]

Son of George Macy Bales & Elizabeth Margret Grimm

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