Charles A. Nelson"The oldest pioneer on the Long Beach Peninsula for many years, Charles A. Nelson, 94, of Nahcotta, died April 29 while a resident of the New Seaera Convalescent Home in Long Beach. He was a life-time resident of the Nahcotta-Oysterville area and was born in Oysterville on August 5, 1883. ...

"He was a little boy of four or five years when South Bend residents 'stole' the Oysterville county seat and court house records ... As a boy, the Willapa Bay area, beach, and woods provided an ample playground and he would play with white and Indians boys alike. He would go home with the Indian boys and listen to their grandpas tell Indian folklore, fables and legends. 'We'd swallow them stories whole,' he was reported to have said about those times.

"In his early years he worked on Columbia River steam boats, on donkey engine logging crews and was a road foreman for Pacific County. Charlie worked for awhile on the local narrow gauge 'Clamshell Railroad' as a fireman, and up until late in the 1960s he owned his own cranberry bog. He also picked [native] oysters out of Oysterville way back then.

Charlie is remembered for his active participation in many county historical groups ... Because of his rich background and keen interest in local history, he was sought as a source for many an article or historical presentation.

"Those in the Nahcotta-Oysterville area remembered him as a 'wonderful neighbor' ... His wife, Deane, has been the Nahcotta postmaster for 26 years and survives him at home. Other survivors include nine nieces and nephews.

"Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 3 at the Peninsula Church Center with Rev. Rick Murfin ... officiating. ... Casket bearers were John Morehead, Dobbie Wiegardt Jr., Merton Andrews, Dewey Dee, Adam Woolsey and Bud Goulter."

- May 4, 1978

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