Richard Pallister d 5 February 1959

Richard Pallister was born 21 May 1902 in Edwards, Colorado, the second of twelve children of Thomas W and Ella Lillian (Tourville) Pallister. According to the 1910 census, the family lived in Garfield, CO. 

A 1916 edition of the Eagle Valley Enterprise reported the following:  Dick Pallister, the fourteen year old son of Thos. Pallister of West Lake creek, was struck by lightning during a severe electrical storm which passed thru the lower Lake creek valley last Monday evening and came very near to losing his life, in fact so nearly did the shock come to killing him that his recovery was in doubt for many hours after the incident occurred.  Dick and a school mate, Jim Carey, were hurrying home from the school at Edwards to avoid the impending storm, but it overtook them in the neighborhood of B. C. Hyde’s ranch home, and an unusual electrical crash took place.  Both of the boys were hit, but the Carey lad was only stunned for a short time and but little worse for his experience.  The crown of Pallister’s hat was burned out and the heels of his shoes burned off, while his body was most severely burned about the chest.  The lad was conveyed to his home in an unconscious state and a physician who was summoned to care for him had grave doubts of his recovery.  But by a miracle he lived, and a telephone message to the Enterprise from Edwards Thursday  morning stated that the lad was recovering from his terrible experience nicely. 

Richard was apparently counted in the 1920 census twice, as Dick living with his sister, Hannah Tourville Rochford, and as a hired man living with Elmo Pearch at Lakes, CO.   I have not found Richard in the 1930 census.  There is a listing for Richard Pallister in Los Angeles voter records, wife Annie, but I don’t know if this is the same person. 1931 Eagle Valley Enterprise lists a party held by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Martin.  Mr. and Mrs. Dick Pallister were among the guests.  (The paper did not list his wife’s name.)  By 1936, he had moved to Santa Anna, California, according to his mother’s obituary. 

Richard died 5 February 1959 in California.  His obituary was reported in the Eagle newspaper.  Eagle Valley Enterprise, 12 Feb 1959 p1 – HEART ATTACK FATAL TO DICK PALLISTER  Dick Pallister, Eagle County native died in San Pablo, Calif, Feb 5 following a heart attack at the age of 56.  He had been in poor health for about a year.  He was born in Edwards, Colo, May 21, 1902 to Ella and Tom Pallister.  He grew to young manhood in Eagle County and had lived in California for over 20 years.  At the time of his death, he was living with his brother, Tom.  He is survived by a son, Clinton, who lives in New Jersey; six sisters:  Hannah Hunt, Gypsum; Margaret Tracy, Kremmling; Ethel Lawrence and Lucille Jones both of Denver, and Lola Gustafson, Minturn; three brothers, Tom of San Pablo, Bill Gypsum, and Glen, Kremmling.  Mr Pallister’s father, Tom, also survives.  Burial will be in San Pablo Friday.


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