Cambell, Perry Lee (December 3, 1871 - November 21, 1939)


DR. P.L. CAMBELL TUESDAY Stricken Only Friday, Death Came First--Masonic Funeral Wednesday

Douglas Budget - November 23, 1939

Grief entered the hearts of the many friends of Dr. and Mrs. P.L. Cambell Tuesday morning when it became known that the Doctor had passed away shortly after midnight. Although it was known that his condition was serious the rapidity with which death struck was a shock to his friends.

He was stricken with pneumonia Friday while at his dental offices in the Mountain States Power building. He was removed to his home and later in the day was taken to the hospital. Mrs. Cambell was visiting her mother, who was ill in Lincoln, Neb., at the time the Doctor became ill and returned to Douglas at once, arriving here Saturday.

Dr. Cambell was well known in Converse and surrounding counties. He had been a practicing dentist in Douglas since 1906. He enjoyed statewide prominence in Masonic circles. as a dentist he rated high in the profession and enjoyed a large patronage. He died a the age of 68 years.

Perry Lee Cambell was born at Lansing, Mich., December 3, 1871, the son of E.H. and Alice Goodell Cambell. Following his graduation from the Chicago College of Dental Surgery he practiced his calling several years in the east and then came west, arriving at Glendo in 1904, where, with a brother, Bert, he entered the ranching business.

Two years later he came to Douglas and located a dental office on Center street. Douglas had been his home for the past 33 years during which he has constantly practiced his chosen profession.

He was wedded to Grace DeFendorf in June, 1901, who bore him two daughters, Mrs. Charles D. Read of Douglas and Mrs. A.F. McIntyre of Denver. Mrs. Cambell passed away in January 1911, and on October 20, 1915, he was married to Mary E. Arnold.

Dr. Cambell had been a faithful member of the local Masonic branches and was active in the work up to the time of his death. He was a past master of Ashlar Lodge No. 10, a past patron of Woodbine Chapter No. 18, O.E.S., a past High Priest of Natural Bridge Chapter No. 9, R.A.M., past most excellent commander of Clelland Commandery No. 12, Knights Templar, and was a Shriner of Korein Temple, Rawlins.

He is survived by his widow, his two daughters, a brother, Bert, of New Smyrna, Fla., whom he visited last year, and five grandchildren. All were present at the funeral except, is brother, who is reported too ill to make the trip.

Services were held at the Masonic Temple Wednesday afternoon, the Masonic funeral rites being given, with Rev. Louis Gale of the Congregational church assisting. Music was furnished by a trio comprising S.E. Layton, T.C. Daniels and W.D. Trethewey, with Miss Florence Cook at the piano. Pallbearers were Dr. J.R. Hylton, Dr. Jay Smith of Glenrock, J.E. Slichter, C.O. Brown, C.H. Hofmann and H.R. Daniels. Interment was in Douglas Park cemetery.


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