Former Astoria Resident Dies In California

Ralph Wilson, 57, of Long Beach, Calif., died Saturday in a local hospital in that city.

Mr. Wilson was a used car dealer, a business he had been engaged in for the past 20 years.

A native of Astoria, he went to California in 1912, locating in San Bernardino, where he was employed on the Santa Fe Railroad, western division. He moved to Long Beach in 1927 and was the third oldest dealer in used cars in that city. He was a charter member of the Long Beach Used Car Dealers Association and a member of East Side Christian church.

Surviving are the widow, Florence M.; his mother, Mrs. L. G. Wilson of Astoria; brothers, Hart Wilson, of Astoria and Verne D. Wilson of Long Beach, and a sister, Mrs. Mae Haare of Cuba.

Funeral services were held today at 11 a.m., in the chapel of Mottell's Mortuary, with Rev. George Franklin Tinsley, pastor, and REv. Charles H. Swift Jr., assistant of East Side Christian Church, officiating. Entombment was in Sunnyside Mausoleum.

Learning of his recent illness, his mother, Mrs. L. G. Wilson, brother, Mr. and Mrs. Hart Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wilson, left Friday afternoon for Long Beach, but did not arrive before he passed away. They arrived Monday afternoon.

Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 10/13/1948

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