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|LOREN THOMAS GREENLAW: Farmer, Saw Mill Foreman, Outdoorsman, Proud Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather|
|May 8, 1888 - December 22, 1959||
|Loren Thomas Greenlaw was born in Spanaway, Pierce
county, Washington on May 8, 1888, the son of
Greenlaw, a native of Maine/New Brunswick, Canada
and Wilhelmina Mary
Meyer, a native of Pierce county. He grew up on
the Greenlaw family farm in Spanaway and attended Clover Creek
school. Loren became very familiar with all phases
of the timber and lumber industries. He was a supervisor at
the Cascade Timber operations near Frederickson, Pierce, Washington.
Like his father before him, Loren became a well-respected member of his
Kuper were married December 27, 1911 and they had five
Christine, Lorraine, and Lucille Irene also known as
In 1923, Loren and Anna bought the Greenlaw farm from his brothers and sisters and raised their family there for many years. Because of the Great Depression, they were forced to sell their land and move off their farm. ( The farm land is now owned by Boeing. )
On December 2, 1941, their second son Vernon ( Bud ) was killed in a logging truck accident near the Roy cutoff, while on his way to a "going away" party. Vernon had joined the Navy and was scheduled to leave on December 7, 1941. Anna was injured in the accident and suffered great pain the rest of her life.
In the 1950's, they were living near downtown Tacoma at 3017 East E Street. Anna died in her sleep from a cerebral hemorrhage, on the morning of July 20, 1952. She was buried in Sumner Cemetery.
Within a few years, Loren would be forced to move from East E Street, Tacoma to make way for the new Interstate Freeway ( I-5 ) and he would end up back in Frederickson near his eldest son, Alfred. Eventually his health would fail and he died of complications from pneumonia on December 22, 1959. He was buried next to Anna in Sumner Cemetery.
|Published Account of Loren Greenlaw and the Greenlaw and Kuper Families|
|Like his father before him, Loren was a
well-respected member of his community. A copy of the
account concerning Loren and his family was found by Stan
and Phyllis Greenlaw. This information appears to be from a text
published in the 1930's by the Steilacoom Historical Society. This
information has not been confirmed.
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