Alvord, Eldon Turner (October 12, 1888 - July 15, 1955)
Final Rites For E. T. Alvord
...Held Last Monday
Douglas Budget - July 21, 1955E. T. Alvord, 67, retired electrical contractor, died quietly at Douglas memorial hospital early Friday morning following a heart attack a few hours earlier. He had been in ill health for several years and had been hospitalized at various times during that period for medical treatment.
Members of Ashlar Lodge No. 10 A. F. and A. M. conducted Masonic services at the funeral which was held Monday afternoon in the Masonic Temple. "Star Of The East" and "Sail On" were the musical selections sung by Mrs. Arlene Moewes during the service which was in charge of the Rev. A. R. Henry, pastor of the Methodist church. Mrs. Robert Kuns accompanied Mrs. Moewes on the piano.
Burial was made with full military honors in Douglas Park cemetery. Pallbears were Wayne Anderson, E. E. Russel, Emil Rohlff, F. W. Bartling, Carl LeBar and Harold Carson.
Eldon Turner Alvord was born in Vernon, Texas on Oct. 12, 1888, the son of Julius and Rebecca Alvord.
After completing his schooling he entered the U. S. Navy in December, 1914 and saw active service in both the Mexican campaign and World War I.
Following his discharge in March, 1931 he was assigned to the Feet Reserve and was recalled to active duty in May, 1942, five months after the outbreak of World War II. For three years he was on duty at the naval base in Astoria, Oregon as chief electrician. He received his final discharge on Febr. 5, 1945.
During his long Navy service Alvord was assigned to stations all over the world and served on a large number of ships. Among the latter were the cruisers Cleveland, Huron, Charmont and Huntington; the hospital ship Comfort; the aircraft carrier Lexington, and the destroyer Barker.
A resident of this county since 1932, he first homesteaded near Bill before moving to Douglas where he was united in marriage to Mrs. Imo Manning of Douglas.
Throughout his lifetime "Al" was an avid baseball fan and promoted the national sport wherever and whenever the opportunity presented itself. It was his oft-expressed conviction that athletic activities are strong deterrents to juvenile delinquency. He was instrumental in forming ball clubs at whatever foreign or stateside base he happened to be serving on with the Navy. In Douglas he helped promote and coach the American Junior Legion club and until illness forced him to the sidelines, served as umpire at many games.
Alvord was a past commander of the American Legion, Samuel Mares Post No. 8, past patron of Woodbine Chapter No. 18, O. E. S., past master Ashlar Lodge No. 10, A F. and A. M., a member of Natural Bridge Chapter No. 9, R. A. M., Clelland Commandery No. 12, Knights Templar, and Korein Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. of Rawlings. he served on the Douglas Memorial hospital board and was a member of the congregation of the Methodist church.
Surviving are his wife, three stepchildren, a sister, Mrs. Eva Dickson of Douglas, three nieces and a nephew. Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Jones. and daughter, Dean and Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Corn and daughter, Merna, all of Ft. Worth, Texas; Mrs and Mrs. E. G. Sanders and Howard Dickson of Cheyenne; Mrs. Genevieve Rohan and Miss Regina Rohan of Gillette.