Howard W. West Sr. Timeline

Howard William West Sr as a cadet circa 1925 - Bremerton, Washington - from family. From Howard W. West Sr. Photo Album.I’ve had some challenges researching long lost relatives, but the mysteries and myths in and around my grandfather, Howard W. West Sr., continue to amaze as I dig through his history. The following is what I have at the time this was published. I will edit it and update it as I uncover more information.

Updated: April 2015 In April 2015, I was cleaning up the papers inherited from my father and found the Service Record log book of Howard W. West Sr. with all of the vessel discharge papers charting most of the course of his naval career in the 1920s and 30s. The information dated journeys to the Orient, as they called it. This will help to date the photographs from his photo albums and gives us more of a picture of his early years and adventures.

Biography about Howard William West (senior) from interview by Lorelle VanFossen with father, Howard William West (Jr.), March 12, 2006, Mobile, Alabama. The biography includes notes from the Farlin-West Family Bible, the David West Descendants family tree, and family stories gathered over time.

  • Louella Pinder Parret and son Howard W. West Sr. From photo album of Howard W. West Sr.Howard William West (senior) was born circa September 29, 1905 in Michigan or Canada. Died June 1968, Bridgeport, Washington. Mother, Louella Pinder (?-c1930). Father, Walter E. West (1881-1965).
  • Howard traveled with mother and/or father to Portland, Oregon, area. Walter worked in the camps. Possibly faked marriage to Pinder, so is considered illegitimate by family history stories.
  • Howard W. West as a child in Portland, Oregon, circa 1907 - from Howard W. West Photo Album.Circa 1909, he was abandoned by mother (Louella Brunner Pinder) and taken with half-sister, Carmen (of Pinder and Clyde Moorhouse), to Catholic Convent Orphanage in Portland, Oregon. Records from Rescued by father circa 1919, at age 14. Howard could not read or write.
  • Circa 1919, Howard ran away from home in California and lied about his age and joined the Marines (according to family stories). Traveled the world including crossing the Panama Canal and traveling to Japan, Philippines, and other nearby areas. He was on the USS Arizona 1924-1925. He learned to read and write from his shipmates. He joined the Merchant Marines or Merchant Service which eventually became the Coast Guard in 1939.

    From Howard W. West Sr.Photo Album. Belived to be USS Arizona c1924.

  • Married Faye Vaughn March 31, 1925, in California.
  • From the Service Record log book, Howard spends much of each year away from home. He served on the SS West Cayote, SS Oregon, SS Ryder Hanify, SS San Angelo, SS Admiral Farragut, SS Kentucky, SS Oakridge, SS West Nixton, and other vessels traveling mostly in the San Francisco to Portland Pacific coast waters, though some of the voyages took him to “The Orient,” “Transpacific,” and “foreign” lands and waters. His job on the ships was as an oiler, wiper, or fireman, positions considered entry-level marine and described by the Coastal Vitality Project – “Guide to Basic Licenses and Endorsements in the US Maritimes” as “the most junior crew member in the engine room of a ship. Their role consists of cleaning the engine spaces and machinery, and assisting the engineers as directed.”
  • Daughter, Reta June West, born July 4, 1928, in southern California (Long Beach?).
  • Howard W. West Sr in Coast Guard Uniform outside Friday Harbor Lighthouse, Washington State.Coast Guard duty (Light House Service) moved him to the Pacific Northwest Coast where he manned light houses in Friday Harbor, Washington.
  • In September 1931, we have record of a certification for smallpox vaccination in the Philippine Islands.
  • Son, Howard William West, born April 20, 1937, Everett, Washington.
  • The West family lived at Sholtes, Washington. He was on a light ship, the Swift Shore Light Ship, with six weeks on the ship and three weeks off home. He lived next door to Madge (Smathers) McClure, his step-sister.
  • Circa 1939, the West family moved to Friday Harbor, Washington, on San Juan Island, to supervise the lighthouse.
  • In 1945, the moved family to The Dalles, Oregon, where Howard tended the river lights (aids to navigation), in the Coast Guard Ship, the Lollipop (possibly nickname). This is the only evidence we have from a story by my father that the family lived in The Dalles, but it makes sense as Reta June married and raised her children there. Currently seeking military reports to support this information.
  • Circa 1947/48 transferred to Seattle to the ship, Watusis (Watchusus?), Destroyer Escort Class. Left family behind in The Dalles, Oregon.
  • Wife, Faye Vaughn, died 1949 of heart attack, possibility of also compilations from obesity and diabetes. She was sick for at least one year before her death, and spent a lot of time in the Marine Hospital in Seattle, where she died. Death certificate credits death as Bilateral Massive Pulmonary Embolism, a complication of obesity and heart disease. Son believes they forced her to lose weight too fast, which put tremendous pressure on her heart, strained by polio as a child and too many years extremely obese. Body was buried in The Dalles, Oregon.
  • Howard Sr. returned to duty in Seattle immediately, leaving son, Howard, with sister, June, and her new husband and baby, Rochelle.
  • Met and married Ana Mae Larmar of Ritzville, Washington, in October 1949.
  • In 1952, after three years of marriage to his new wife, returned for Howard Jr. and brought him to Seattle, Washington, where they lived on Valley Street, on Queen Anne Hill.
  • In 1952, the family moved to Illwaco, Washington, to man the Northhead Lighthouse. Howard Sr. suffered several heart attacks, and the family moved back to Seattle, setting up home at the base of Queen Anne Hill, at one block off Mercer on First Avenue West (second house in from Mercer – a Safeway Grocery Store sits there now). Howard Sr. worked for Boeing for a short time and then applied for the Core of Engineers, and moved to Camp Hayden in Port Angeles, Washington, and then was moved to Hudson Point, Port Townsend, Washington, then moved to Whidbey Island, Washington, on various jobs. Ana Mae and Howard Jr stayed in Seattle so the teenager could complete his high school education.
  • Unemployment documents find him in Port Angeles, Washington, in 1956-1957.
  • March 23, 1962, Howard Sr. and Anna Mae moved to Chief Joseph Dam, Bridgeport, Washington, where he worked as a guard. The date is remembered because his grandson through Howard Jr. was born on that date and they didn’t stop in to welcome the new member to the family as they passed through on their way to Eastern Washington. Howard Jr. had gotten special permission from the military hospital to permit his father to visit the newborn, and he was a no show.
  • Most summers until Howard Sr’s death, Howard Jr and his family would travel to Bridgeport to visit Howard Sr. and Anna Mae in their mobile home in the desert, surrounded by cherry, plum and other fruit trees.

Timeline for Howard W. West Sr.

The following is a general timelines for the life of Howard W. West Sr. I’ve included a column listing his age at the time of the event, giving me a sense of perspective of where he was in his life at that time. The age is based upon his birth in 1905, even though there are reports and records indicating he may have been born in 1903. The timeline makes more sense if he was born in 1905 and matches more of the facts.

Date Event Person(s) Place Age Notes
1855-06-07 Birth Perry Saville West Raisin, Michigan Possibly born in near Raisin in Palmyra. Parents were David L. West (Canada/US) and Mary M. Farlin (US). Father of Walter Ellsworth West and grandfather to Howard W. West Sr.
1876-10-07 Marriage Perry Saville West and Adaline Rowe Palmyra, Michigan Grandparents to Howard W. West.
1881-01-10 Birth Walter West Michigan Believed to be born in California. 1930 Census lists mother from Ohio and father from Michigan.
1883-03-10 Birth Louella Brunner Pinder Moorehouse Parrot (Lula) Canada Rumor: She came from wealthy family in Canada but they disowned her. Possibly for marriage to Richard Pinder
1905-09-30 Birth Howard William West Sr. Michigan 0 Born of Louella Pinder and Walter West – unsure if Walter and Louella were married. Marriage Certificate with Anna Mae Larmar notes birthplace of Howard as Lansing, Michigan. Birth Certificate filed decades later stating birthplace as Michigan.

Birth in Michigan on that date listed by military in Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West

1905-02-02 Birth Adaline Rowe (West) Unknown 0 (1860-1933) Mother of Walter West.
1905c Marriage Louella Brunner to Richard (Dick) Pinder Canada or Michigan? 0 Name on picture of Howard W. West Sr and his mother "Louella Pinder."
1907-05-23 Birth Anna Mae Larmar Spokane, Washington 2 Father, James Robert Larmer (farmer), Ontario, Canada. Motehr, Emma Jane Sheppard, Ontario, Canada.
1908-03-10 Birth Carmen Moorhouse (or Perry) Portland, Oregon 3 Child of Louella Pinder Moorhouse and Clyde Moorhouse or Ben Perry). Half-sister of Howard W. West Sr.
1908-12-12 Orphanage Howard William West Sr. and Carmen Moorhouse Portland, Oregon 3 Abandoned by mother, turned in by neighbor to Family Juvenile Court. Entered St. Agnes Baby Home.
1909c Marriage Walter West to Edna Metcalf California or Michigan 4 Edna born in Michigan, mother from Canada, father from Michigan. Daughter, Madge A. Smothers, born in Washington, both parents from Michigan, according to 1930 census.
1910c Marriage Louella Brunner Pinder to Ben Perry 5 Source: Carmen Moorhouse Perry from interview in 1979 by Lorelle.
1912c Orphanage Removal Carmen Moorhouse (or Perry) Portland, Oregon 7 Removed from St. Agnes Baby Home by father, Clyde Moorhouse. Believed to have contacted Walter West about Howard. Unable to remove Howard from home as he was not a blood relative.
1913-03-03 Baptized Howard W. West Portland, Oregon, St. Agnes Baby Home 8 From Catholic Services Records
1913-07-28 Orphanage Removal Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 8 Removed from St. Agnes Baby Home by father, Walter West
1915c Marriage Louella Brunner Pinder to Moorehouse Portland, Oregon 10 Source: Carmen Moorhouse from interview in 1979 by Lorelle.
1920c Census Louella and Lewis Parrot and Howard West Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County, District 177, Enum #3, house # 303 15 Census shows Louella (?) married to Parrot (“55″y). Name shown as Lula B. Born in Michigan, father English, mother Canadian. Parrot listed as born in Illinois and currently an Electrician. Howard West listed as single white male, stepson, 14y, born in Michigan with both parents born in Michigan.
1924c Resident Fay Vaughn West R.F.D. #1 669, Long Beach, CA 19 Address in Entry from Howard W. West Sr. USS Arizona Log book with notation of marriage March 31, 1925.
1924-03-01 Resident Fay Vaughn 1853 Gardinia Avenue, Long Beach, CA 19 Entry from Howard W. West Sr. USS Arizona Log book as address. Shows she was living with Miss Ruby Bird at the time.
1924-05-30 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $12 a month Private Howard W. West US Marine Corp, USS Arizona % Port Master, San Francisco, California
1924-05-30 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $12 a month
1924-06-03 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. Bremerton, Washington 19 Navy Yard for refitting
1924-06-15 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $11 a month
1924-07-17 Resident Madge West Box 245, Marysville, Washington 19 Entry from Howard W. West Sr. USS Arizona Log book as address. Mentions visiting sister in Marysville and calling it "home"
1924-07-30 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $12 a month
1924-08-15 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $11 a month
1924-08-25 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. Arrived at Tacoma 19 Brig Watch
1924-08-30 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $12 a month
1924-09-11 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. Tacoma to San Francisco 19
1924-09-29 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. San Francisco to San Pedro, California 19
1924-10-06 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. ? 19 Notes in log book: 400 miles L.B. Hatch
1925-03-31 Marriage Howard W. West Sr. to Fay Vaughn Long Beach, California 20 Noted in Logbook by Howard W. West Sr. on USS Arizona
1925-03-31 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. San Pedro, California 20 Log book Notes: USCGC Haida
1925-03-31 Marriage Howard W. West Sr. to Fay Vaughn Long Beach, California 20 Noted in Logbook by Howard W. West Sr. on USS Arizona
1925-03-31 Newspaper Clipping featuring USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. California 20 Newspaper Clipping states:
Arizona Marines Win Cup
The Marine detachment aboard the U.S.S. Arizona has been awarded the “Sons of the Revolution” cup for the fiscal year 1925. This cup is awarded annually to the Battleship Marine Detachment who have shown the greatest proficiency during the fiscal year. The award is based upon the efficiency of the detachment as shown by the standing in short range battle practice, small arms, etc., and comes from recommendations of a board of marine officers attached to the staffs of various unit commanders.
The Marine detachment of the U.S.S. Arizona is commanded by Captain L. H. Miller with 2nd Lieutenant H. E. Dunkelberger as Junior Marine officer.
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1926-07-02 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #1247347
Ship: S.S. Oakridge #220105
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3785
Description of Voyage: Foreign
Age: 23
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Wiper [Entry-level mariner]
Date of Entry: April 15, 1926
Date of Discharge: July 2, 1926
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1926-10-05 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #1248831
Ship: S.S. Oakridge #220105
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3423
Description of Voyage: Orient
Age: 23
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Oiler
Date of Entry: July 17, 1926
Date of Discharge: October 5, 1926
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1927-01-27 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 21 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #1248228
Ship: S.S. Oakridge #220105
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3785
Description of Voyage: Orient [National Archives states Yokohama, Japan]
Age: 24
Character: V.G.
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Oiler
Date of Entry: December 14, 1926
Date of Discharge: January 27, 1927
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Dated: January 27, 1927
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
Citation verified on Oregon Passenger and Crew Lists 1888-1963 on Ancestry.com from the National Archives NAI: 4497940
1927-06-09 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 21 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge
Ship: S.S. West Nixton #219775
Port of Registry: Los Angeles, California
Net tons: 3343
Description of Voyage: foreign [National Archives notes Yokohama, Japan]
Age: 23
Character: V.G.
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Wiper [Entry-level mariner]
Date of Entry: April 7, 1927
Date of Discharge: June 9, 1927
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
Citation verified on Oregon Passenger and Crew Lists 1888-1963 on Ancestry.com from the National Archives NAI: 4497940
1927-06-27 Medical Exam Howard William West Sr. San Pedro, California (assumed) 22 US Shipping Board Sea Service Bureau Medical Examination Record
Howard W. West (signed)
Ship: West Cayote (Merchant Marines)
Rating: Oiler
Physical Condition: Passed
Date: 6/10/27
Doctor Signature: Unintelligible
Back of form holds fingerprints, very dim
Form 7256
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1927-09-29 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #255454
Ship: West Cayote #218614
Port of Registry: Los Angeles, California
Net tons: 3472
Description of Voyage: Orient [National Archives cite Yokohama, Japan, with arrival at Astoria, Oregon]
Age: 24
Character: G. (Good)
Ability: G.
Seamanship: –
Capacity: Oiler
Date of Entry: June 21, 1927
Date of Discharge: September 29, 1927
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
Citation verified on Oregon Passenger and Crew Lists 1888-1963 on Ancestry.com from the National Archives NAI: 4497940
1927-11-10 Service Record Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 24 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. Ryder Hanify, J.R. Hanify Co.
Description of Voyage: San Francisco
Date and Place Referred to Position: November 10, 1927, Portland, Oregon
Rating: Oiler
Date and Place Left Employment: December 5, 1927, San Pedro, California
Masters Report: Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Own request
Signature of Master: George D. Morse, Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1927-11-18 Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West Howard William West Sr. San Pedro, California 24 Service Record log book held Discharge papers and the following information in the first pages.
Full Name of Seaman: West, H.W.
Place of Birth: Michigan
Date of Birth: September 30, 1903
Vessel: Ryder Hanify
Rating: Oiler
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair: Blk
Eyes: Brown
Complexion: Med
Total Years Sea Experience: 4
Home Address: 595 1/2 Williams Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Citizen: Yes
Personal Characteristics: Tattoo on right arm
Name and Address of Next of Kin: Mrs. H.W. West, wife, same as above
Date Issued: November 18, 1927
Place: San Pedro, California
By J.H. Mize
Found in book in possession of Lorelle VanFossen, inherited from father, Howard W. West Jr.
1928-7-30 Service Record Howard William West Sr. San Francisco, California 24 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. Ryder Hanify, J.R. Hanify Co.
Description of Voyage: San Francisco
Date and Place Referred to Position: May 31, 1928, Portland, Oregon
Rating: Oiler
Date and Place Left Employment: July 30, 1928, San Francisco, California
Masters Report: Very Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Ship laid up
Signature of Master: George D. Morse, Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1928-07-30 Service Record – Handwritten Note Howard William West Sr. San Francisco, California 24 Handwritten letter with stamp of S.S. Ryder Hanify, J.R. Hanify Co. dated July 31, 1928, 24 market Street, San Francisco.
Message handwritten:
San Francisco, Calif
July 30th, 1928
This is to certify that H.W. West was employed on the steamer Ryder Hanify as oiler from May 31st, 1928 to July 30th, 1928 when the ship laid up.
Geo D. Morse
Chief Engineer, Str Ryder Hanify
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1928-07-04 Birth Reta June West ? 23 Daughter of Howard W. West and Fay Vaughn West
1929-11-10 Death Perry Saville West Everett, Washington 24 Age 74. Grandfather to Howard W. West, and father to Walter Ellsworth West. Died in home on Wetmore in Everett, Washington. Buried at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Everett, next to son. Believed to have been brought by family from Illinois to Washington less than 10 years before his death.
1930c Census Walter West Oakland City, California 25 Census lists him as Wholesale Salesman, age 48, not a vet, and married to wife Edna Metcalf (49y). Shows step-daughter listed as Madge Smothers (20y).
1930-03-10 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Los Angeles, California 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #922695
Ship: S.S. San Rafael
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3423
Description of Voyage: Intercostal
Age: 25
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Oiler
Date of Entry: December 19, 1929
Date of Discharge: March 10, 1930
Place of Discharge: Los Angeles, California
Dated: March 10, 1930
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1930-04-12 Census Louella Brunner Pinder Moorehouse Parrot (Lula) Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County, District 26-436 25 Census shows her as wife of Lewis S. Parrott – Listed as Lula. Parents from England and Canada.
1930-04-12 Census Lewis S. Parrot Portland, Oregon 25 Census shows him as husband of Lula Parrot, Inspector at Postal & Telegraph Company
1930-05-03 Death Louella Brunner Pinder Moorehouse Parrot (Lula) Portland, Oregon, 303 Cook Avenue. 25 Death Certificate. Name Lula. 46 years old. Married at age 32. Parents from England and Canada. Notes born in England though US Citizen. Died at Mt. Tabor Home (Cook Avenue?). States lived in Portland for 19 years. Cause: Cardio Vascular Disease, arterial sclerosis due to high blood pressure. No autopsy.
1930-05-06 Burial – Cremation Louella Brunner Pinder Moorehouse Parrot (Lula) Portland, Oregon 25 Death certificate notes cremation at Portland Cemetery.
1930-05-11 Death Louella Brunner Pinder Moorehouse Parrot (Lula) Portland, Oregon 25 Death listed in H.West Sr. Journal, USS Arizona (in address book section)
1930-09-30 Pay Howard W. West Sr. 25 25 Pay $6 a day
1931-09-24 Certificate of Smallpox Vaccination – US Public Health Service, Quarantine Service, Philippine Islands Howard William West Jr. Philippine Islands 26 Dated September 24, 1931 with signature of H.W. West
Assistant Surgeon P.H.S. DW Nauce
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1931-11-8 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #1594067
Ship: S.S. Kentucky #221120
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3343
Description of Voyage: Transpacific
Age: 28
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Fireman
Date of Entry: August 12, 1931
Date of Discharge: November 8, 1931
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Dated: November 8, 1931
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-02-20 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #2971223
Ship: S.S. Kentucky #221120
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3343
Description of Voyage: Transpacific
Age: 29
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Fireman
Date of Entry: November 12, 1931
Date of Discharge: February 20, 1932
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Dated: February 20, 1932
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-09-01 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #1247740
Ship: S.S. Oregon #220105
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3785.86
Description of Voyage: Foreign
Age: 29
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Oiler and Fireman
Date of Entry: June 15, 1932
Date of Discharge: August 31, 1932
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Dated: September 1, 1932
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-09-06 Identification Card – Public Employment Bureau – City of Portland Howard William West Jr. Portland, Oregon 28 Identification Card for Employment
Date: June 30, 1932 [For this list, using key dates stamped on back]
Name and Address: Howard W. West, 77 NE Lombard Street, Portland, Oregon
Age: 29
Nationality: American
Married: Yes
Children: 1
Dependents: 2
Time in City: 26
Citizen US: Yes
Reg Voter: yes
Height: 5’10 1/2″
Weight: 140
Complexion: Brunette
Color of Hair: Dark Brown
Color of Eyes: Brown
C.E.E. No: 15750
Trade or Occupation: Carpenter – Painter
Will Work At: Anything
Note: Address of Public Employment Bureau is 192 First Street – Phone Atwater 2351
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-09-29 Service Record Howard William West Sr. San Francisco, California 29 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. San Angelo
Description of Voyage: ?
Date and Place Referred to Position: September 17, 1932
Rating: Oiler
Date and Place Left Employment: September 29, 1932
Masters Report: Very Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Own Request
Signature of Master: E.E. ?, 1st Assistant Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-11-21 Service Record Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 29 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. San Angelo
Description of Voyage: ?
Date and Place Referred to Position: September 17, 1932
Rating: Oiler
Date and Place Left Employment: September 29, 1932
Masters Report: Very Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Own Request
Signature of Master: E.E. ?, 1st Assistant Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-11-21 Identification Card – Public Employment Bureau – City of Portland Howard William West Jr. Portland, Oregon 28 Identification Card for Employment
Date: November 21, 1932 [For this list, using key dates stamped on back]
Name and Address: Howard W. West, 77 NE Lombard Street, Portland, Oregon
Age: 29
Nationality: American
Married: Yes
Children: 1
Dependents: 2
Time in City: 26
Citizen US: Yes
Reg Voter: yes
Height: 5’10 1/2″
Weight: 140
Complexion: Brunette
Color of Hair: Dark Brown
Color of Eyes: Brown
C.E.E. No: 15750
Trade or Occupation: Carpenter – Painter
Will Work At: Anything
Note: Address of Public Employment Bureau is 192 First Street – Phone Atwater 2351
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1933-01-03 Service Record Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 29 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. Admiral Farragut of P.S.S. Co.
Description of Voyage: Coastwise
Date and Place Referred to Position: November 21, 1932
Rating: Wiper
Date and Place Left Employment: January 3, 1933
Masters Report: Very Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Relief Job
Signature of Master: William Fenkner, 1st Assistant Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1933-02-1933 Service Record Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 29 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. Admiral Farragut of P.S.S. Co.
Description of Voyage: Coastwise
Date and Place Referred to Position: January 17, 1933
Rating: Wiper
Date and Place Left Employment: February 28, 1933
Masters Report: Very Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Relief Job
Signature of Master: William Fenkner, 1st Assistant Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1933-04-13 Identification Card – County-City-Scrip-Employment Service Howard William West Jr. Portland, Oregon 29 Identification Card for Employment
Date: April 13, 1933
Name and Address: Howard W. West, 77 NE Lombard Street, Portland, Oregon
Age: 29
Nationality: American
Married: Yes
Children: 1
Dependents: 4
Time in City: 26
Citizen US: Yes
Reg Voter: yes
Height: 5’10 1/2″
Weight: 140
Registration No: v84
C.E.E. No: 15750
Trade or Occupation: Carpenter – Painter
Will Work At: Anything
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1933c Death Adaline Rowe (West) California 33 (1860-1933) Mother of Walter West.
1937-04-20 Birth Howard William West Jr. Everett, Washington, Everett General Hospital 32 Son of Howard W. West Sr. and Fay Vaughn West. Source: Hospital Receipt, Birth Certificate, In Person, Witnesses.
1933c Death Adaline Rowe (West) California 33 (1860-1933) Mother of Walter West.
1939c US Coast Guard Created 34
1949-05-06 Death Fay Vaughn West US Marine Hospital, Seattle, Washington 44 Death of Fay Vaughn West in hospital due to Pulmonary Embolism, Bilateral Massive, obesity, and possibly complications from diabetes.
1949-04-28 Hospitalization Fay Vaughn West US Marine Hospital, Seattle, Washington 44 8 days in hospital prior to death in hospital. Cause: Pulmonary Embolism, Bilateral Massive. Obesity.
1949-05-06 Death Fay Vaughn West US Marine Hospital, Seattle, Washington 44 Death certificate confirms diagnosis. Lists birth in Kansas. Mother: Lettie Winchell. Father: George W. Vaughn. 43 years old at death.
1949-10-14 Marriage Howard W. West Sr. to Anna Mae Larmar Seattle, Washington 44 Marriage certificate notes Anna Mae was a resident of Spokane when they married.
1953-03-01 Retirement – Military Howard W. West Sr. Seattle, Washington 48 Rank at retirement: MM1
1953-03-12 Paperwork Howard W. West Sr. 524 1st West Avenue, Seattle 99, Washington 48 Certificate of Dependency of Retired Personnel for Medical Relief, paperwork. Lists dependents as Ana Mae West (45) as wife, and son, Howard W. West Jr. (16). Rank MM1. Notes retirement official as of March 1, 1953
1953-05-29 Resident Howard W. West Sr. 524 1st Avenue West, Seattle 99, Washington 48 Post card from the VA confirms address.
1953-09-30 Resident Howard W. West Sr. 524 1st Avenue West, Seattle 99, Washington 48 Post card from the VA confirms address. Address crossed out and says Joyce, Washington, as a forwarding notice.
1956 State of Washington Employment Security Department Identification Book Howard W. West Sr. Port Angles, Washington 51 Identification Booklet from State of Washington Title XV U.C.F.E
SSA No: 533-**-**68
Howard W. West
E.S. Class P 2-21.03
A. Watchman
Signed August 1, 1956
Features check-in dates with employment office from July 6, 1956 – April 11, 1957 for 40 weeks
Note: Not associated with a union
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1962-06-20 Resident Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington 57 Post card from the VA confirms address. (Queen Anne). Confirmed by son, Howard in person.
1963c Correspondence Howard W. West Sr. and Anna Mae West Bridgeport, Washington 58 Letter from Ramona Anderson West, wife of Howard W. West Jr. Discusses her mother”s death, worries over why these grandparents "ignore" their grandchildren, and attempt to "heal" relationship between them and their daughter, June. Thanks them for clothing and toy gifts for the children and canned food items. States the gifts are better than they get as they are poor and shopping at Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
1964-06-18 Correspondence Howard W. West Sr. and Anna Mae West Bridgeport, Washington 59 Letter from June”s husband, Joe DesRochers, requesting apology and defending his wife against their accusations and assumptions. Includes information on their children and life in The Dalles, Oregon, where he was a fireman.
1965-10-24 Death Walter West California 60 Died in California and body shipped to Everett, Washington. Buried at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Everett, Washington, next to his father, Perry West (1855-1929) in lot 206 block 37. Buried by step-daughter, Madge McClure.
1967-01-09 Social Security Report Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington 62 Informed not qualified for Social Security Benefits as did not meet 17 years of coverage. He had 12. 1937-1950 $178.32. 1951-1962 $6,109.94. 1963-1966 $0. Total: $6,287.26.
1967-12-18 Pay Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington 62 Letter of notice of pay increase to Howard W. West Sr. from $5,896.00 to $6,157.00 by order of US Army Engineers District Seattle Field Office for NPS Chief Joseph Dam. Lists date of birth as Sep 30, 1903.
1968-04-02 Purchase Howard W. West Sr. and Anna Mae West Bridgeport, Washington 63 Purchase Receipt of time payments for Hoover Spin Washer in Copertone Color from Crescent store in Spokane, Washington. $182.95 to be paid in installments.
1968-05-31 Death Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington 63 Heart attack and fell into water while on guard patrol duty at Chief Joseph Dam. Pulled out of the water by fellow guardsmen. Died enroute to hospital in vehicle. Death Certificate lists cause: Acute Coronary Insufficiency, Coronary Atherosclerosis. Death 10-15 minutes from onset.
1968-06-04 Burial Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington 63 Funeral arrangements handled by Wm Barnes Funeral Home. Estate Plan $1,310. Paid $1,191.49 for casket and vault.
1968-06-12 Bill Howard W. West Sr. and Anna Mae West Bridgeport, Washington Second notice sent for payment of casket and vault from Barnes Funeral Home.
1968-07-16 Purchase Anna Mae West Brewster, Washington Purchase of 1968 Chevy Malibu. Traded in 1965 Chevy Pickup Caribou with 10 foot camper. Credit of $3,000. Car purchase $3333.87.
1968-08-24 Death Benefits Anna Mae West Bridgeport, Washington Death Benefits from Retirement Pay as MM1 US Coast Guard Retired was $252.91.
1970c Resident Anna Mae West Seattle, Washington Official government documents and receipts list her living in Seattle. Step-son, Howard, and step-daughter, June, and other family members confirm.
1970c Military Reimbursement for Head Stone Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington Request from attorney and wife for reimbursement of cost of Howard W. West Sr. head stone per military. Lists rank as MM1 USCG Service #221-071.
1974c Surgery Anna Mae Larmar West Seattle, Washington Artificial Hip Replacement to correct deformity.
1977-11-01 Death Anna Mae West Brewster, Washington Death Certificate. Was near Bridgeport, Washington, and went to Brewster Hospital where she died of Stroke and Cerebral Hemorrhage, arteriosclerosis. Entered Hospital Oct 31, 1977. Occupation listed as Beautician and owner of Beauty Parlor, retired.
1978-11-28 Inheritance Anna Mae West Seattle, Washington Attorney Rodney M. Reinbold, attorney for estate of Anna Mae West, lists Howard W. West Jr. as successor and inheritance of $497.68 after expenses paid to be split to two heirs, presumed to be Howard West (step son) and June DesRochers (step daughter).

iv>Howard William West Sr as a cadet circa 1925 - Bremerton, Washington - from family. From Howard W. West Sr. Photo Album.I’ve had some challenges researching long lost relatives, but the mysteries and myths in and around my grandfather, Howard W. West Sr., continue to amaze as I dig through his history. The following is what I have at the time this was published. I will edit it and update it as I uncover more information.

Updated: April 2015 In April 2015, I was cleaning up the papers inherited from my father and found the Service Record log book of Howard W. West Sr. with all of the vessel discharge papers charting most of the course of his naval career in the 1920s and 30s. The information dated journeys to the Orient, as they called it. This will help to date the photographs from his photo albums and gives us more of a picture of his early years and adventures.

Biography about Howard William West (senior) from interview by Lorelle VanFossen with father, Howard William West (Jr.), March 12, 2006, Mobile, Alabama. The biography includes notes from the Farlin-West Family Bible, the David West Descendants family tree, and family stories gathered over time.

  • Louella Pinder Parret and son Howard W. West Sr. From photo album of Howard W. West Sr.Howard William West (senior) was born circa September 29, 1905 in Michigan or Canada. Died June 1968, Bridgeport, Washington. Mother, Louella Pinder (?-c1930). Father, Walter E. West (1881-1965).
  • Howard traveled with mother and/or father to Portland, Oregon, area. Walter worked in the camps. Possibly faked marriage to Pinder, so is considered illegitimate by family history stories.
  • Howard W. West as a child in Portland, Oregon, circa 1907 - from Howard W. West Photo Album.Circa 1909, he was abandoned by mother (Louella Brunner Pinder) and taken with half-sister, Carmen (of Pinder and Clyde Moorhouse), to Catholic Convent Orphanage in Portland, Oregon. Records from Rescued by father circa 1919, at age 14. Howard could not read or write.
  • Circa 1919, Howard ran away from home in California and lied about his age and joined the Marines (according to family stories). Traveled the world including crossing the Panama Canal and traveling to Japan, Philippines, and other nearby areas. He was on the USS Arizona 1924-1925. He learned to read and write from his shipmates. He joined the Merchant Marines or Merchant Service which eventually became the Coast Guard in 1939.

    From Howard W. West Sr.Photo Album. Belived to be USS Arizona c1924.

  • Married Faye Vaughn March 31, 1925, in California.
  • From the Service Record log book, Howard spends much of each year away from home. He served on the SS West Cayote, SS Oregon, SS Ryder Hanify, SS San Angelo, SS Admiral Farragut, SS Kentucky, SS Oakridge, SS West Nixton, and other vessels traveling mostly in the San Francisco to Portland Pacific coast waters, though some of the voyages took him to “The Orient,” “Transpacific,” and “foreign” lands and waters. His job on the ships was as an oiler, wiper, or fireman, positions considered entry-level marine and described by the Coastal Vitality Project – “Guide to Basic Licenses and Endorsements in the US Maritimes” as “the most junior crew member in the engine room of a ship. Their role consists of cleaning the engine spaces and machinery, and assisting the engineers as directed.”
  • Daughter, Reta June West, born July 4, 1928, in southern California (Long Beach?).
  • Howard W. West Sr in Coast Guard Uniform outside Friday Harbor Lighthouse, Washington State.Coast Guard duty (Light House Service) moved him to the Pacific Northwest Coast where he manned light houses in Friday Harbor, Washington.
  • In September 1931, we have record of a certification for smallpox vaccination in the Philippine Islands.
  • Son, Howard William West, born April 20, 1937, Everett, Washington.
  • The West family lived at Sholtes, Washington. He was on a light ship, the Swift Shore Light Ship, with six weeks on the ship and three weeks off home. He lived next door to Madge (Smathers) McClure, his step-sister.
  • Circa 1939, the West family moved to Friday Harbor, Washington, on San Juan Island, to supervise the lighthouse.
  • In 1945, the moved family to The Dalles, Oregon, where Howard tended the river lights (aids to navigation), in the Coast Guard Ship, the Lollipop (possibly nickname). This is the only evidence we have from a story by my father that the family lived in The Dalles, but it makes sense as Reta June married and raised her children there. Currently seeking military reports to support this information.
  • Circa 1947/48 transferred to Seattle to the ship, Watusis (Watchusus?), Destroyer Escort Class. Left family behind in The Dalles, Oregon.
  • Wife, Faye Vaughn, died 1949 of heart attack, possibility of also compilations from obesity and diabetes. She was sick for at least one year before her death, and spent a lot of time in the Marine Hospital in Seattle, where she died. Death certificate credits death as Bilateral Massive Pulmonary Embolism, a complication of obesity and heart disease. Son believes they forced her to lose weight too fast, which put tremendous pressure on her heart, strained by polio as a child and too many years extremely obese. Body was buried in The Dalles, Oregon.
  • Howard Sr. returned to duty in Seattle immediately, leaving son, Howard, with sister, June, and her new husband and baby, Rochelle.
  • Met and married Ana Mae Larmar of Ritzville, Washington, in October 1949.
  • In 1952, after three years of marriage to his new wife, returned for Howard Jr. and brought him to Seattle, Washington, where they lived on Valley Street, on Queen Anne Hill.
  • In 1952, the family moved to Illwaco, Washington, to man the Northhead Lighthouse. Howard Sr. suffered several heart attacks, and the family moved back to Seattle, setting up home at the base of Queen Anne Hill, at one block off Mercer on First Avenue West (second house in from Mercer – a Safeway Grocery Store sits there now). Howard Sr. worked for Boeing for a short time and then applied for the Core of Engineers, and moved to Camp Hayden in Port Angeles, Washington, and then was moved to Hudson Point, Port Townsend, Washington, then moved to Whidbey Island, Washington, on various jobs. Ana Mae and Howard Jr stayed in Seattle so the teenager could complete his high school education.
  • Unemployment documents find him in Port Angeles, Washington, in 1956-1957.
  • March 23, 1962, Howard Sr. and Anna Mae moved to Chief Joseph Dam, Bridgeport, Washington, where he worked as a guard. The date is remembered because his grandson through Howard Jr. was born on that date and they didn’t stop in to welcome the new member to the family as they passed through on their way to Eastern Washington. Howard Jr. had gotten special permission from the military hospital to permit his father to visit the newborn, and he was a no show.
  • Most summers until Howard Sr’s death, Howard Jr and his family would travel to Bridgeport to visit Howard Sr. and Anna Mae in their mobile home in the desert, surrounded by cherry, plum and other fruit trees.

Timeline for Howard W. West Sr.

The following is a general timelines for the life of Howard W. West Sr. I’ve included a column listing his age at the time of the event, giving me a sense of perspective of where he was in his life at that time. The age is based upon his birth in 1905, even though there are reports and records indicating he may have been born in 1903. The timeline makes more sense if he was born in 1905 and matches more of the facts.

Date Event Person(s) Place Age Notes
1855-06-07 Birth Perry Saville West Raisin, Michigan Possibly born in near Raisin in Palmyra. Parents were David L. West (Canada/US) and Mary M. Farlin (US). Father of Walter Ellsworth West and grandfather to Howard W. West Sr.
1876-10-07 Marriage Perry Saville West and Adaline Rowe Palmyra, Michigan Grandparents to Howard W. West.
1881-01-10 Birth Walter West Michigan Believed to be born in California. 1930 Census lists mother from Ohio and father from Michigan.
1883-03-10 Birth Louella Brunner Pinder Moorehouse Parrot (Lula) Canada Rumor: She came from wealthy family in Canada but they disowned her. Possibly for marriage to Richard Pinder
1905-09-30 Birth Howard William West Sr. Michigan 0 Born of Louella Pinder and Walter West – unsure if Walter and Louella were married. Marriage Certificate with Anna Mae Larmar notes birthplace of Howard as Lansing, Michigan. Birth Certificate filed decades later stating birthplace as Michigan.

Birth in Michigan on that date listed by military in Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West

1905-02-02 Birth Adaline Rowe (West) Unknown 0 (1860-1933) Mother of Walter West.
1905c Marriage Louella Brunner to Richard (Dick) Pinder Canada or Michigan? 0 Name on picture of Howard W. West Sr and his mother "Louella Pinder."
1907-05-23 Birth Anna Mae Larmar Spokane, Washington 2 Father, James Robert Larmer (farmer), Ontario, Canada. Motehr, Emma Jane Sheppard, Ontario, Canada.
1908-03-10 Birth Carmen Moorhouse (or Perry) Portland, Oregon 3 Child of Louella Pinder Moorhouse and Clyde Moorhouse or Ben Perry). Half-sister of Howard W. West Sr.
1908-12-12 Orphanage Howard William West Sr. and Carmen Moorhouse Portland, Oregon 3 Abandoned by mother, turned in by neighbor to Family Juvenile Court. Entered St. Agnes Baby Home.
1909c Marriage Walter West to Edna Metcalf California or Michigan 4 Edna born in Michigan, mother from Canada, father from Michigan. Daughter, Madge A. Smothers, born in Washington, both parents from Michigan, according to 1930 census.
1910c Marriage Louella Brunner Pinder to Ben Perry 5 Source: Carmen Moorhouse Perry from interview in 1979 by Lorelle.
1912c Orphanage Removal Carmen Moorhouse (or Perry) Portland, Oregon 7 Removed from St. Agnes Baby Home by father, Clyde Moorhouse. Believed to have contacted Walter West about Howard. Unable to remove Howard from home as he was not a blood relative.
1913-03-03 Baptized Howard W. West Portland, Oregon, St. Agnes Baby Home 8 From Catholic Services Records
1913-07-28 Orphanage Removal Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 8 Removed from St. Agnes Baby Home by father, Walter West
1915c Marriage Louella Brunner Pinder to Moorehouse Portland, Oregon 10 Source: Carmen Moorhouse from interview in 1979 by Lorelle.
1920c Census Louella and Lewis Parrot and Howard West Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County, District 177, Enum #3, house # 303 15 Census shows Louella (?) married to Parrot (“55″y). Name shown as Lula B. Born in Michigan, father English, mother Canadian. Parrot listed as born in Illinois and currently an Electrician. Howard West listed as single white male, stepson, 14y, born in Michigan with both parents born in Michigan.
1924c Resident Fay Vaughn West R.F.D. #1 669, Long Beach, CA 19 Address in Entry from Howard W. West Sr. USS Arizona Log book with notation of marriage March 31, 1925.
1924-03-01 Resident Fay Vaughn 1853 Gardinia Avenue, Long Beach, CA 19 Entry from Howard W. West Sr. USS Arizona Log book as address. Shows she was living with Miss Ruby Bird at the time.
1924-05-30 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $12 a month Private Howard W. West US Marine Corp, USS Arizona % Port Master, San Francisco, California
1924-05-30 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $12 a month
1924-06-03 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. Bremerton, Washington 19 Navy Yard for refitting
1924-06-15 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $11 a month
1924-07-17 Resident Madge West Box 245, Marysville, Washington 19 Entry from Howard W. West Sr. USS Arizona Log book as address. Mentions visiting sister in Marysville and calling it "home"
1924-07-30 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $12 a month
1924-08-15 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $11 a month
1924-08-25 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. Arrived at Tacoma 19 Brig Watch
1924-08-30 USS Arizona Pay Howard W. West Sr. 19 $12 a month
1924-09-11 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. Tacoma to San Francisco 19
1924-09-29 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. San Francisco to San Pedro, California 19
1924-10-06 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. ? 19 Notes in log book: 400 miles L.B. Hatch
1925-03-31 Marriage Howard W. West Sr. to Fay Vaughn Long Beach, California 20 Noted in Logbook by Howard W. West Sr. on USS Arizona
1925-03-31 USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. San Pedro, California 20 Log book Notes: USCGC Haida
1925-03-31 Marriage Howard W. West Sr. to Fay Vaughn Long Beach, California 20 Noted in Logbook by Howard W. West Sr. on USS Arizona
1925-03-31 Newspaper Clipping featuring USS Arizona Howard W. West Sr. California 20 Newspaper Clipping states:
Arizona Marines Win Cup
The Marine detachment aboard the U.S.S. Arizona has been awarded the “Sons of the Revolution” cup for the fiscal year 1925. This cup is awarded annually to the Battleship Marine Detachment who have shown the greatest proficiency during the fiscal year. The award is based upon the efficiency of the detachment as shown by the standing in short range battle practice, small arms, etc., and comes from recommendations of a board of marine officers attached to the staffs of various unit commanders.
The Marine detachment of the U.S.S. Arizona is commanded by Captain L. H. Miller with 2nd Lieutenant H. E. Dunkelberger as Junior Marine officer.
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1926-07-02 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #1247347
Ship: S.S. Oakridge #220105
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3785
Description of Voyage: Foreign
Age: 23
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Wiper [Entry-level mariner]
Date of Entry: April 15, 1926
Date of Discharge: July 2, 1926
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1926-10-05 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #1248831
Ship: S.S. Oakridge #220105
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3423
Description of Voyage: Orient
Age: 23
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Oiler
Date of Entry: July 17, 1926
Date of Discharge: October 5, 1926
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1927-01-27 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 21 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #1248228
Ship: S.S. Oakridge #220105
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3785
Description of Voyage: Orient [National Archives states Yokohama, Japan]
Age: 24
Character: V.G.
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Oiler
Date of Entry: December 14, 1926
Date of Discharge: January 27, 1927
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Dated: January 27, 1927
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
Citation verified on Oregon Passenger and Crew Lists 1888-1963 on Ancestry.com from the National Archives NAI: 4497940
1927-06-09 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 21 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge
Ship: S.S. West Nixton #219775
Port of Registry: Los Angeles, California
Net tons: 3343
Description of Voyage: foreign [National Archives notes Yokohama, Japan]
Age: 23
Character: V.G.
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Wiper [Entry-level mariner]
Date of Entry: April 7, 1927
Date of Discharge: June 9, 1927
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
Citation verified on Oregon Passenger and Crew Lists 1888-1963 on Ancestry.com from the National Archives NAI: 4497940
1927-06-27 Medical Exam Howard William West Sr. San Pedro, California (assumed) 22 US Shipping Board Sea Service Bureau Medical Examination Record
Howard W. West (signed)
Ship: West Cayote (Merchant Marines)
Rating: Oiler
Physical Condition: Passed
Date: 6/10/27
Doctor Signature: Unintelligible
Back of form holds fingerprints, very dim
Form 7256
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1927-09-29 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #255454
Ship: West Cayote #218614
Port of Registry: Los Angeles, California
Net tons: 3472
Description of Voyage: Orient [National Archives cite Yokohama, Japan, with arrival at Astoria, Oregon]
Age: 24
Character: G. (Good)
Ability: G.
Seamanship: –
Capacity: Oiler
Date of Entry: June 21, 1927
Date of Discharge: September 29, 1927
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
Citation verified on Oregon Passenger and Crew Lists 1888-1963 on Ancestry.com from the National Archives NAI: 4497940
1927-11-10 Service Record Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 24 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. Ryder Hanify, J.R. Hanify Co.
Description of Voyage: San Francisco
Date and Place Referred to Position: November 10, 1927, Portland, Oregon
Rating: Oiler
Date and Place Left Employment: December 5, 1927, San Pedro, California
Masters Report: Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Own request
Signature of Master: George D. Morse, Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1927-11-18 Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West Howard William West Sr. San Pedro, California 24 Service Record log book held Discharge papers and the following information in the first pages.
Full Name of Seaman: West, H.W.
Place of Birth: Michigan
Date of Birth: September 30, 1903
Vessel: Ryder Hanify
Rating: Oiler
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair: Blk
Eyes: Brown
Complexion: Med
Total Years Sea Experience: 4
Home Address: 595 1/2 Williams Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Citizen: Yes
Personal Characteristics: Tattoo on right arm
Name and Address of Next of Kin: Mrs. H.W. West, wife, same as above
Date Issued: November 18, 1927
Place: San Pedro, California
By J.H. Mize
Found in book in possession of Lorelle VanFossen, inherited from father, Howard W. West Jr.
1928-7-30 Service Record Howard William West Sr. San Francisco, California 24 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. Ryder Hanify, J.R. Hanify Co.
Description of Voyage: San Francisco
Date and Place Referred to Position: May 31, 1928, Portland, Oregon
Rating: Oiler
Date and Place Left Employment: July 30, 1928, San Francisco, California
Masters Report: Very Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Ship laid up
Signature of Master: George D. Morse, Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1928-07-30 Service Record – Handwritten Note Howard William West Sr. San Francisco, California 24 Handwritten letter with stamp of S.S. Ryder Hanify, J.R. Hanify Co. dated July 31, 1928, 24 market Street, San Francisco.
Message handwritten:
San Francisco, Calif
July 30th, 1928
This is to certify that H.W. West was employed on the steamer Ryder Hanify as oiler from May 31st, 1928 to July 30th, 1928 when the ship laid up.
Geo D. Morse
Chief Engineer, Str Ryder Hanify
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1928-07-04 Birth Reta June West ? 23 Daughter of Howard W. West and Fay Vaughn West
1929-11-10 Death Perry Saville West Everett, Washington 24 Age 74. Grandfather to Howard W. West, and father to Walter Ellsworth West. Died in home on Wetmore in Everett, Washington. Buried at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Everett, next to son. Believed to have been brought by family from Illinois to Washington less than 10 years before his death.
1930c Census Walter West Oakland City, California 25 Census lists him as Wholesale Salesman, age 48, not a vet, and married to wife Edna Metcalf (49y). Shows step-daughter listed as Madge Smothers (20y).
1930-03-10 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Los Angeles, California 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #922695
Ship: S.S. San Rafael
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3423
Description of Voyage: Intercostal
Age: 25
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Oiler
Date of Entry: December 19, 1929
Date of Discharge: March 10, 1930
Place of Discharge: Los Angeles, California
Dated: March 10, 1930
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1930-04-12 Census Louella Brunner Pinder Moorehouse Parrot (Lula) Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County, District 26-436 25 Census shows her as wife of Lewis S. Parrott – Listed as Lula. Parents from England and Canada.
1930-04-12 Census Lewis S. Parrot Portland, Oregon 25 Census shows him as husband of Lula Parrot, Inspector at Postal & Telegraph Company
1930-05-03 Death Louella Brunner Pinder Moorehouse Parrot (Lula) Portland, Oregon, 303 Cook Avenue. 25 Death Certificate. Name Lula. 46 years old. Married at age 32. Parents from England and Canada. Notes born in England though US Citizen. Died at Mt. Tabor Home (Cook Avenue?). States lived in Portland for 19 years. Cause: Cardio Vascular Disease, arterial sclerosis due to high blood pressure. No autopsy.
1930-05-06 Burial – Cremation Louella Brunner Pinder Moorehouse Parrot (Lula) Portland, Oregon 25 Death certificate notes cremation at Portland Cemetery.
1930-05-11 Death Louella Brunner Pinder Moorehouse Parrot (Lula) Portland, Oregon 25 Death listed in H.West Sr. Journal, USS Arizona (in address book section)
1930-09-30 Pay Howard W. West Sr. 25 25 Pay $6 a day
1931-09-24 Certificate of Smallpox Vaccination – US Public Health Service, Quarantine Service, Philippine Islands Howard William West Jr. Philippine Islands 26 Dated September 24, 1931 with signature of H.W. West
Assistant Surgeon P.H.S. DW Nauce
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1931-11-8 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #1594067
Ship: S.S. Kentucky #221120
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3343
Description of Voyage: Transpacific
Age: 28
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Fireman
Date of Entry: August 12, 1931
Date of Discharge: November 8, 1931
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Dated: November 8, 1931
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-02-20 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #2971223
Ship: S.S. Kentucky #221120
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3343
Description of Voyage: Transpacific
Age: 29
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Fireman
Date of Entry: November 12, 1931
Date of Discharge: February 20, 1932
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Dated: February 20, 1932
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-09-01 Certificate of Discharge Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 27 Department of Commerce Certificate of Discharge #1247740
Ship: S.S. Oregon #220105
Port of Registry: Portland, Oregon
Net tons: 3785.86
Description of Voyage: Foreign
Age: 29
Character: V.G. (Very Good?)
Ability: V.G.
Seamanship: V.G.
Capacity: Oiler and Fireman
Date of Entry: June 15, 1932
Date of Discharge: August 31, 1932
Place of Discharge: Portland, Oregon
Dated: September 1, 1932
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-09-06 Identification Card – Public Employment Bureau – City of Portland Howard William West Jr. Portland, Oregon 28 Identification Card for Employment
Date: June 30, 1932 [For this list, using key dates stamped on back]
Name and Address: Howard W. West, 77 NE Lombard Street, Portland, Oregon
Age: 29
Nationality: American
Married: Yes
Children: 1
Dependents: 2
Time in City: 26
Citizen US: Yes
Reg Voter: yes
Height: 5’10 1/2″
Weight: 140
Complexion: Brunette
Color of Hair: Dark Brown
Color of Eyes: Brown
C.E.E. No: 15750
Trade or Occupation: Carpenter – Painter
Will Work At: Anything
Note: Address of Public Employment Bureau is 192 First Street – Phone Atwater 2351
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-09-29 Service Record Howard William West Sr. San Francisco, California 29 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. San Angelo
Description of Voyage: ?
Date and Place Referred to Position: September 17, 1932
Rating: Oiler
Date and Place Left Employment: September 29, 1932
Masters Report: Very Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Own Request
Signature of Master: E.E. ?, 1st Assistant Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-11-21 Service Record Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 29 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. San Angelo
Description of Voyage: ?
Date and Place Referred to Position: September 17, 1932
Rating: Oiler
Date and Place Left Employment: September 29, 1932
Masters Report: Very Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Own Request
Signature of Master: E.E. ?, 1st Assistant Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1932-11-21 Identification Card – Public Employment Bureau – City of Portland Howard William West Jr. Portland, Oregon 28 Identification Card for Employment
Date: November 21, 1932 [For this list, using key dates stamped on back]
Name and Address: Howard W. West, 77 NE Lombard Street, Portland, Oregon
Age: 29
Nationality: American
Married: Yes
Children: 1
Dependents: 2
Time in City: 26
Citizen US: Yes
Reg Voter: yes
Height: 5’10 1/2″
Weight: 140
Complexion: Brunette
Color of Hair: Dark Brown
Color of Eyes: Brown
C.E.E. No: 15750
Trade or Occupation: Carpenter – Painter
Will Work At: Anything
Note: Address of Public Employment Bureau is 192 First Street – Phone Atwater 2351
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1933-01-03 Service Record Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 29 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. Admiral Farragut of P.S.S. Co.
Description of Voyage: Coastwise
Date and Place Referred to Position: November 21, 1932
Rating: Wiper
Date and Place Left Employment: January 3, 1933
Masters Report: Very Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Relief Job
Signature of Master: William Fenkner, 1st Assistant Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1933-02-1933 Service Record Howard William West Sr. Portland, Oregon 29 Name of Vessel Operators or Managing Owner: S.S. Admiral Farragut of P.S.S. Co.
Description of Voyage: Coastwise
Date and Place Referred to Position: January 17, 1933
Rating: Wiper
Date and Place Left Employment: February 28, 1933
Masters Report: Very Good
Reason for Leaving Employment: Relief Job
Signature of Master: William Fenkner, 1st Assistant Chief Engineer
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1933-04-13 Identification Card – County-City-Scrip-Employment Service Howard William West Jr. Portland, Oregon 29 Identification Card for Employment
Date: April 13, 1933
Name and Address: Howard W. West, 77 NE Lombard Street, Portland, Oregon
Age: 29
Nationality: American
Married: Yes
Children: 1
Dependents: 4
Time in City: 26
Citizen US: Yes
Reg Voter: yes
Height: 5’10 1/2″
Weight: 140
Registration No: v84
C.E.E. No: 15750
Trade or Occupation: Carpenter – Painter
Will Work At: Anything
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1933c Death Adaline Rowe (West) California 33 (1860-1933) Mother of Walter West.
1937-04-20 Birth Howard William West Jr. Everett, Washington, Everett General Hospital 32 Son of Howard W. West Sr. and Fay Vaughn West. Source: Hospital Receipt, Birth Certificate, In Person, Witnesses.
1933c Death Adaline Rowe (West) California 33 (1860-1933) Mother of Walter West.
1939c US Coast Guard Created 34
1949-05-06 Death Fay Vaughn West US Marine Hospital, Seattle, Washington 44 Death of Fay Vaughn West in hospital due to Pulmonary Embolism, Bilateral Massive, obesity, and possibly complications from diabetes.
1949-04-28 Hospitalization Fay Vaughn West US Marine Hospital, Seattle, Washington 44 8 days in hospital prior to death in hospital. Cause: Pulmonary Embolism, Bilateral Massive. Obesity.
1949-05-06 Death Fay Vaughn West US Marine Hospital, Seattle, Washington 44 Death certificate confirms diagnosis. Lists birth in Kansas. Mother: Lettie Winchell. Father: George W. Vaughn. 43 years old at death.
1949-10-14 Marriage Howard W. West Sr. to Anna Mae Larmar Seattle, Washington 44 Marriage certificate notes Anna Mae was a resident of Spokane when they married.
1953-03-01 Retirement – Military Howard W. West Sr. Seattle, Washington 48 Rank at retirement: MM1
1953-03-12 Paperwork Howard W. West Sr. 524 1st West Avenue, Seattle 99, Washington 48 Certificate of Dependency of Retired Personnel for Medical Relief, paperwork. Lists dependents as Ana Mae West (45) as wife, and son, Howard W. West Jr. (16). Rank MM1. Notes retirement official as of March 1, 1953
1953-05-29 Resident Howard W. West Sr. 524 1st Avenue West, Seattle 99, Washington 48 Post card from the VA confirms address.
1953-09-30 Resident Howard W. West Sr. 524 1st Avenue West, Seattle 99, Washington 48 Post card from the VA confirms address. Address crossed out and says Joyce, Washington, as a forwarding notice.
1956 State of Washington Employment Security Department Identification Book Howard W. West Sr. Port Angles, Washington 51 Identification Booklet from State of Washington Title XV U.C.F.E
SSA No: 533-**-**68
Howard W. West
E.S. Class P 2-21.03
A. Watchman
Signed August 1, 1956
Features check-in dates with employment office from July 6, 1956 – April 11, 1957 for 40 weeks
Note: Not associated with a union
Found in book Service Record – Marine Service Bureau #53426 for Howard W. West
1962-06-20 Resident Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington 57 Post card from the VA confirms address. (Queen Anne). Confirmed by son, Howard in person.
1963c Correspondence Howard W. West Sr. and Anna Mae West Bridgeport, Washington 58 Letter from Ramona Anderson West, wife of Howard W. West Jr. Discusses her mother”s death, worries over why these grandparents "ignore" their grandchildren, and attempt to "heal" relationship between them and their daughter, June. Thanks them for clothing and toy gifts for the children and canned food items. States the gifts are better than they get as they are poor and shopping at Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
1964-06-18 Correspondence Howard W. West Sr. and Anna Mae West Bridgeport, Washington 59 Letter from June”s husband, Joe DesRochers, requesting apology and defending his wife against their accusations and assumptions. Includes information on their children and life in The Dalles, Oregon, where he was a fireman.
1965-10-24 Death Walter West California 60 Died in California and body shipped to Everett, Washington. Buried at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Everett, Washington, next to his father, Perry West (1855-1929) in lot 206 block 37. Buried by step-daughter, Madge McClure.
1967-01-09 Social Security Report Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington 62 Informed not qualified for Social Security Benefits as did not meet 17 years of coverage. He had 12. 1937-1950 $178.32. 1951-1962 $6,109.94. 1963-1966 $0. Total: $6,287.26.
1967-12-18 Pay Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington 62 Letter of notice of pay increase to Howard W. West Sr. from $5,896.00 to $6,157.00 by order of US Army Engineers District Seattle Field Office for NPS Chief Joseph Dam. Lists date of birth as Sep 30, 1903.
1968-04-02 Purchase Howard W. West Sr. and Anna Mae West Bridgeport, Washington 63 Purchase Receipt of time payments for Hoover Spin Washer in Copertone Color from Crescent store in Spokane, Washington. $182.95 to be paid in installments.
1968-05-31 Death Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington 63 Heart attack and fell into water while on guard patrol duty at Chief Joseph Dam. Pulled out of the water by fellow guardsmen. Died enroute to hospital in vehicle. Death Certificate lists cause: Acute Coronary Insufficiency, Coronary Atherosclerosis. Death 10-15 minutes from onset.
1968-06-04 Burial Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington 63 Funeral arrangements handled by Wm Barnes Funeral Home. Estate Plan $1,310. Paid $1,191.49 for casket and vault.
1968-06-12 Bill Howard W. West Sr. and Anna Mae West Bridgeport, Washington Second notice sent for payment of casket and vault from Barnes Funeral Home.
1968-07-16 Purchase Anna Mae West Brewster, Washington Purchase of 1968 Chevy Malibu. Traded in 1965 Chevy Pickup Caribou with 10 foot camper. Credit of $3,000. Car purchase $3333.87.
1968-08-24 Death Benefits Anna Mae West Bridgeport, Washington Death Benefits from Retirement Pay as MM1 US Coast Guard Retired was $252.91.
1970c Resident Anna Mae West Seattle, Washington Official government documents and receipts list her living in Seattle. Step-son, Howard, and step-daughter, June, and other family members confirm.
1970c Military Reimbursement for Head Stone Howard W. West Sr. Bridgeport, Washington Request from attorney and wife for reimbursement of cost of Howard W. West Sr. head stone per military. Lists rank as MM1 USCG Service #221-071.
1974c Surgery Anna Mae Larmar West Seattle, Washington Artificial Hip Replacement to correct deformity.
1977-11-01 Death Anna Mae West Brewster, Washington Death Certificate. Was near Bridgeport, Washington, and went to Brewster Hospital where she died of Stroke and Cerebral Hemorrhage, arteriosclerosis. Entered Hospital Oct 31, 1977. Occupation listed as Beautician and owner of Beauty Parlor, retired.
1978-11-28 Inheritance Anna Mae West Seattle, Washington Attorney Rodney M. Reinbold, attorney for estate of Anna Mae West, lists Howard W. West Jr. as successor and inheritance of $497.68 after expenses paid to be split to two heirs, presumed to be Howard West (step son) and June DesRochers (step daughter).

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