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Charlotte May Pierstorff Sipes Chaffins

Birth
Westlake, Idaho County, Idaho, USA
Death
25 Apr 1987 (aged 78)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
Burial
Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA Add to Map
Plot
Good Shepherd, Lot 282, Space 3
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Charlotte Chaffins, 78, formerly of Lewiston

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -Charlotte May Sipes Chaffins, who became something of a celebrity at age 4 when her parents mailed her to Lewiston from Grangeville, died of causes related to age Saturday at Dominican Hospital here, she was 78.

Mrs. Chaffins was a seamstress for many years at Lewiston Cleaners. She moved to the California coast four years ago.

Parade Magazine, a Sunday section carried by newspapers across the country, printed a story about Mrs. Chaffins childhood trip in 1976.

In February 1914, Charlotte May Pierstorff was mailed via railroad by her parents to visit her grandmother at Lewiston. A ticket for a child traveling alone was full fare, so they decided to mail May by parcel post, which then was quite cheap.

At only 48ยฝ pounds, May was under the weight limit of 50 pounds for a parcel package. Back then, it was illegal to mail live animals, but sending baby chicks was permitted. The postmaster reclassified the blond-haired May as a baby chick, collected 53 cents in postage from her parents and glued the stamps to her coat.

She made the trip to Lewiston in the mail baggage car and was hand-delivered by a postal clerk to her surprised grandmother, who had not been notified of the visit.

She was born May 12, 1908, at Westlake, Idaho, to John and Sarah Pierstorff. Her early home was on the Salmon River and later she moved to Lewiston, where she attended Orchards School.

She lived on the South Fork of the Clearwater River for a time after her marriage on Jan. 9, 1925, at Asotin, to Kay William Sipes. He died in July 1970. She married Mark C. Chaffins on April 24, 1973, at Lewiston. They later separated.

Among her hobbies were gardening, fishing and camping.

Survivors include her husband, Mark, at Aberdeen, Wash.; a son, Gerald K. Sipes of Anacortes, Wash.; a daughter, Anna May Lindsay of Aptos, Calif.; a sister, Muriel Otto of Lewiston; two brothers, Vern L. Pierstorff of Carmichael., Calif., and Harold K. Pierstorff of Pierce; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens at Lewiston with Steve Taulbee officiating. Mountain View Funeral Home at Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests any memorials be contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Lewiston Tribune, Tuesday, April 28, 1987
Charlotte Chaffins, 78, formerly of Lewiston

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -Charlotte May Sipes Chaffins, who became something of a celebrity at age 4 when her parents mailed her to Lewiston from Grangeville, died of causes related to age Saturday at Dominican Hospital here, she was 78.

Mrs. Chaffins was a seamstress for many years at Lewiston Cleaners. She moved to the California coast four years ago.

Parade Magazine, a Sunday section carried by newspapers across the country, printed a story about Mrs. Chaffins childhood trip in 1976.

In February 1914, Charlotte May Pierstorff was mailed via railroad by her parents to visit her grandmother at Lewiston. A ticket for a child traveling alone was full fare, so they decided to mail May by parcel post, which then was quite cheap.

At only 48ยฝ pounds, May was under the weight limit of 50 pounds for a parcel package. Back then, it was illegal to mail live animals, but sending baby chicks was permitted. The postmaster reclassified the blond-haired May as a baby chick, collected 53 cents in postage from her parents and glued the stamps to her coat.

She made the trip to Lewiston in the mail baggage car and was hand-delivered by a postal clerk to her surprised grandmother, who had not been notified of the visit.

She was born May 12, 1908, at Westlake, Idaho, to John and Sarah Pierstorff. Her early home was on the Salmon River and later she moved to Lewiston, where she attended Orchards School.

She lived on the South Fork of the Clearwater River for a time after her marriage on Jan. 9, 1925, at Asotin, to Kay William Sipes. He died in July 1970. She married Mark C. Chaffins on April 24, 1973, at Lewiston. They later separated.

Among her hobbies were gardening, fishing and camping.

Survivors include her husband, Mark, at Aberdeen, Wash.; a son, Gerald K. Sipes of Anacortes, Wash.; a daughter, Anna May Lindsay of Aptos, Calif.; a sister, Muriel Otto of Lewiston; two brothers, Vern L. Pierstorff of Carmichael., Calif., and Harold K. Pierstorff of Pierce; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens at Lewiston with Steve Taulbee officiating. Mountain View Funeral Home at Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests any memorials be contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Lewiston Tribune, Tuesday, April 28, 1987


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