Friday, April 4, 2014

51) George Prinn Williams - Master - 1944

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

This is George Prinn Williams standing in front of his place of business.  That building is now occupied by the Ellensburg Pasta Company, directly adjacent to the masonic Temple.
Here is what the Pasta Company has to say about the building:

Milton D. Camozzy was also a member of Ellensburg #39.  The building across the street was the Antlers hotel it burned in 1967.  (more on the Antlers Hotel - and for that matter Milton Camozzy -  later.) 

WB George left an interesting artifact that is still with the Lodge and in use today.  It is this ceremonial gong:

you can barely make it out in this picture, but instead of a # pound sign, it is a square and compasses!


George P. Williams, for 32 years a resident of Ellensburg, prominent in business, church and lodge circles and of late chief deputy and appraiser in the office of the county assessor, died early this morning at the Ellensburg General Hospital. He was admitted a week ago following a cerebral thrombosis attack. He was 60 years of age two days before his death.

He was born October 21, 1897 at Nevada City, California, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James K. Williams of that city. As a young man he worked in the gold mines and lumber camps and drove stage in the Grass Valley area. He worked as a surveyor for the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. before coming to Ellensburg, where in 1932, he became associated with Milton Camozzy in a tire shop at 318 N. Main. Later the firm moved to Sixth and Main, where they operated a large service station and tire business.

In 1945 the partners sold the business and since then he had been employed at the Washington State Forestry division here, and the late in the county assessor's office. On June 14, 1938 he was married to Vera DeWees, a native daughter of Ellensburg, who survives him. They have made their home at 815 E. First Avenue.

He was a prominent in the Chamber of Commerce and the good roads movement; a past master of Ellensburg Lodge No. 39 F&AM; past high priest of Ellensburg Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; past commander of Temple Commandery; Ellensburg Knights Templar and past president of the Kittitas Valley Shrine Club. At the time of his death he was worthy patron of Grace Chapter No 105 Order of Eastern Star, Rainbow Dad of Ellensburg Assembly Order of Rainbow, and was a member of Yakima Council Roy & Select Masters.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church were he served both as a deacon and as a member of the board of trustees. He was also well known as an ardent sportsman.

In addition to his wife, he leaves one son, Preston P. Williams, 17, a senior in Ellensburg High School; a sister, Mrs. Esther Camozzy of Ellensburg, and numerous nieces and nephews both in Ellensburg and in California. he was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, and five brothers.

Funeral arrangements will be announced Thursday.

Ellensburg Daily Record, October 23, 1957

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