Birdsall, J.R. (Jim) Russell (March 14, 1898 - June 7, 1969)
Services Wednesday for Jim
Unknown - June 12, 1969Funeral rites for J.R. (Jim) Birdsall were set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the First Methodist church with the Rev. Neil Warner officiating. Burial was in Douglas Park Cemetery.
Mr. Birdsall, a prominent resident of Douglas for 28 years, died June 7 in the Casper hospital after an illness of several months. He was 71. He was serving his first term as county commissioner at the time of his death.
James Russell Birdsall was born March 14, 1898 at Smithshire, Illinois, the son of Charles C. and Eliza Boyd Birdsall. After he and Vanessa were married in Galesburg, Ill., Feb. 22, 1919, they came to Wyoming a short time later to homestead south of Gillette. In 1939 they began the Trading Post, then known as Corey's, in Douglas in partnership with Mr. Cormier who operated the store until the Birdsalls' purchased his interest and moved to Douglas in 1941. Jim continued employment, as engineer for the federal government until his retirement in 1963. The Birdsalls' also acquired the Blue Moon Motel in 1945 in partnership with their daughter, Betty, and her husband, Leo Barnes.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion, and was a veteran of World War I. Active in civic and service organizations, Jim had served as president of the Douglas Chamber of Commerce and as state chairman for the Lions Club.
Besides his wife, Vannessa, he is survived by two daughters, Betty Barnes of Casper, Mrs. Carol Roe, Douglas; a brother, Lawrence (Doc) of Ojai, California; a sister, Carol Lewis, Stockton, Calif.; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A son, Robert, died in World War II; and a grandson died last summer in the service of his country.
Pallbearers were Hugh Duncan, Dennis Rogers, Beef Bolln, Harold Link, Harold Schellinger, and Wallace Wilmot. Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Stahley, Jim Robinson, Clare Albaugh, Chelmer Wilmot, Harry Johnston, Orville Nicholls, Floyd Bartling, and Leonard Shaw.