Monday, March 31, 2014

41) James Chalmer Sterling - Master - 1934

This is a work in process; the following information has been gathered so far:

Aug. 3, 1871
Pennsylvania, USA
Oct. 12, 1939
Kittitas County
Washington, USA

J. C. Sterling, 68, well-known Ellensburg banker who had been a resident of this city for half a century, died at his home here last night. Cashier of the Farmers Bank here since its organization in 1906, he had continued in that capacity after the bank became the Ellensburg branch of the National Bank of Commerce of Seattle, although he had not been active during the past year because of ill health.

Long prominent in Ellensburg civic affairs, resigned only this week as a member of the Ellensburg School District Board after 22 years of continuous service during which he served 10 years as chairman and six as clerk.

Born August 3, 1871 in Harlansburg, Pennsylvania, he came to Ellensburg in May, 1889. He was first associated here with S. T. Sterling, his uncle, in the Morning State Register, an early newspaper. Later he became cashier here for the Northern Pacific Railway and from that position went to the Washington National Bank as assistant cashier in 1902. Four years later he became cashier of the Farmers Bank upon the organization of that institution.

He was married at Tacoma, August 15, 1900 to Miss Florence Farnham. Active in fraternal as well as civic circles, he was a member and past commander of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Rotary Club.

Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Frank Taylor, Jr.; two sons, Raymond and Gaylord Sterling, and three grandchildren, all of Ellensburg; and five sisters, Mrs. Clara Bailey, Mrs. William Mueller and Miss Amanda Sterling, all of Lakewood, J. J., Mrs. Maude Helm of Phoenix, Arizona, and Miss Harriett Sterling of Pasadena, California.

Funeral services are to be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Honeycutt Chapel. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery at Portland.

Ellensburg Daily Record, October 13, 1939 

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