|i.||NELLIE SARAH ELLEN8 HUTCHINSON(8), b. 30 Jun 1904, Menomonie, Wisconsin; d. 23 Aug 1961, Sheboyan, Wisconsin; m. KENNETH HIRSCH, 30 Jun 1929, Waverly, Iowa; b. 25 Feb 1903, La Cross, Wisconsin; d. Apr 1966, Sheboyan, Wisconsin.|
|ii.||EDNA RACHEL MARIE HUTCHINSON(8), b. 15 Jul 1906, LaCross, Wisconsin; d. 27 Mar 1994, Waverly Municipal Hospital, Waverly, Iowa; m. WILLIAM HOWARD CLARK, 01 Jan 1928, Waverly, Iowa; b. 28 Jan 1903, Clarksville, Iowa; d. 06 Nov 1990, Waverly Municipal Hospital, Waverly, Iowa.|
Notes for EDNA RACHEL MARIE HUTCHINSON(8):|
Edna Rachel Maria Clark of 521 W. Prospect Street, Clarksville, Iowa, was born the daughter of Charles Byron and Minnie Werner Hutchinson on July 15, 1906, in LaCross, Wisconsin. The family moved when Edna was six months old to Colorado for a short time and they then settled in Waverly, Iowa. She graduated from the Waverly High School, Waverly, Iowa in 1924, and Wartburg College in 1925, in Secretarial & Business. Edna was then employed at the Bremer County Attorney Office in Waverly, as a secretary. On January 1, 1928, Edna was united in marriage to W. Howard Clark in Waverly, Iowa. They moved into their new home, 2 miles West of Clarksville, Iowa. In 1989, she moved to their present apartment in the retirement village in Clarksville. Edna was very active in the Clarksville Community and was a member of the Community Church, a 50 year Rebekah, Chapter IT of the PEO Sisterhood, Embroidery Club, and Women's Club. She also loved sewing and making quilts and baking scratch angel foods for her family. At 10:30 P.M. Sunday, March 27, 1994, Edna died at the Waverly Municipal Hospital. She reached the age of 87 years, 8 months and 12 days. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Howard Clark on November 6, 1990; 2 great-grandchildren, Todd Clark, Jr. and Jeremiah Clark ; her parents; and a sister, Sarah Hirsch. Edna is survived by : 2 sons and their wives, David & Lola Clark and Steve & Shirley Clark, Clarksville; 7 grandchildren, an 11 great-grandchildren, and one sister in law, Mrs Hazel Jacobs of Cedar Falls, Iowa and one brother-in-law, Robert Hanson of Florida.
Notes for WILLIAM HOWARD CLARK:|
William Howard Clark, son of Belle Bickley and Will Clark, was born January 27, 1903, on the family farm west of Clarksville. He attended the Jackson Township School in Butler County and graduated from the Clarksville High School in 1992. After graduation, he helped his father on the farm until 1928, when he married Edna Hutchinson of Waverly. They moved to a new home on Howard's farm where they lived for 61 years.
Howard was an avid sportsman and took much pleasure in hunting, trapping and fishing. He was a great woodsman and cut and corded all the wood for the winter heat. His grandchildren were a special pleasure. He was in failing health for several years and entered the Allison Nursing Home in December, 1988. In January 1989, he became a resident of the Clarksville Nursing Home. At 12:10 A.M., Tuesday, November 6, 1990, he passed away at the Waverly Hospital from natural causes.
He was the oldest living descendent of Thomas Clark, one of Clarksville's settlers. Survivors include his wife, Edna, Two sons, H. David and W. Stephen, both of Clarksville, two sisters, Hazel Jacobs of Cedar Falls and Sarah Satory of Clarksville. Seven grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Doris Hanson, a great-grandson, Jeremiah Clark.
|i.||FRANCES AUGUSTUS8 EBEY(8), b. Abt. 1915, Oakland, California.|
|ii.||LOUIS DEGROSSART EBEY(8), b. 20 Feb 1928, California; d. 03 Jun 1993, Los Angeles, California; m. CORALIE CHARLOTTE BERGSTROM, 1954; b. 22 Jan 1929, Los Angeles, California; d. 06 Aug 2006, Monte Rio, Sonoma, California.|
More About LOUIS DEGROSSART EBEY(8):|
Died 2: California
Divorce: 11 Feb 1983, Los Angeles, California
Social Security Number: 559-32-9240
SSN issued: California
Notes for CORALIE CHARLOTTE BERGSTROM:|
Ebey’s youthful rebellion led to life to defending Hermosa Part I
by Kevin Cody
Longtime Hermosa Beach civic activist and former Easy Reader production manager Coralie Ebey died Aug. 8 at age 77 of illnesses related to a of lifetime smoking and drinking. Ebey and fellow members of the “Swedish Mafia” fought relentlessly and selflessly for over two decades to protect Hermosa’s small town, family oriented character and unspoiled beaches.
In 1957, Ebey played a pivotal role in blocking Shell Oil’s effort to drill in Hermosa’s tidelands. That year, Shell paid the city $500,000 for the right to hold an election to overturn the city’s Depression Era ban on oil drilling in its tidelands. The proposal had the support of the city council and local newspapers, and appeared headed toward victory. Ebey argued that tidelands revenue belonged to the state and could only be used for harbors fisheries and navigation. When oil proponents attempted to dismiss her argument, she demanded a ruling from the State Attorney General’s Office. Her position was upheld and the ballot measure failed. Hermosa used Shell’s $500,000 to build a new pier. To justify the city’s use of what were technically tideland funds, Mayor Pat Anderson put a red light on the end of the pier for navigation.
Throughout the construction boom of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ebey, her sister Mary Lou Patton, her sister-in-law Kathy Bergstrom and friend Annie Anderson became known as the Swedish Mafia for pressuring city officials to enforce the zoning laws, and to red tag illegal construction and bootleg apartments.
Ebey was a gifted caricaturist and writer who relied on humor and ridicule to enlist support for her community campaigns.
A poem she wrote to Easy Reader, read, in part:
“There was an old city that lived in a shoe
It had so many people, what were they to do?
Some bootlegged the tongue, the rims and the heel,
And even the eyelets for money to steal
Many cried out, “We’re feeling the squeeze,
Please help us, City Fathers, there’s no room to sneeze
This once lovely shoe is bursting its seams
Completely destroying our community dreams
As a result of the Swedish Mafia’s efforts, Hermosa’s population was checked at its post World War II level of approximately 20,000, where it remains today.
“Coralie was one of the most effective of the many people who joined together to see that Hermosa would never be overpopulated,” recalled former Hermosa councilman George Schmeltzer on learning of her death.
Her civic mindedness had an unlikely origin in a rebellious youth. But longtime friends say her expulsions from two high schools and elopement at age 18 were simply expressions of an untamable spirit.
“She was a true Auntie Mame. She was opinionated, and if the facts weren’t on her side, she’d say, ‘I don’t care. This is what I think,’” recalled Anderson. “In some ways, that’s what killed her. She refused to give up smoking and drinking.”
But despite her stubbornly held opinions, Anderson said, Ebey had the most diverse circle of friends of anyone she has ever known.
“One time she was complaining to a builder about his illegal units and he told her, ‘This is what I do for a living.’ Because she opposed someone didn’t stop her from sympathizing with them.”
“Did she ever dislike anyone. I don’t think so,” recalled Treilane Lewis, who worked with Ebey at Easy Reader. “She made a voodoo doll of her ex-husband and ran over it with a car. But I think he deserved it after leaving a job in aerospace to become a tap dancer, forcing Coralie to sell their beloved pink house on Myrtle St.”
“When I grew up I wanted to be just like her, except I don’t think she ever grew up,” Lewis added.
Ebey’s childhood home on the Hermosa Strand was a Cape Cod style house that left her forever protective of Hermosa’s character. She was expelled from Redondo High for truancy, smoking on campus, organizing a school barefoot day and showing up at school dances in spaghetti strap cocktail dresses. Her parents hoped the Sacred Heart nuns at Flintridge Academy could tame her, but her frequent taxi cab escapes from the boarding school led to her expulsion from there as well.
“She was beautiful and the boys all loved her. She was someone they could confide in,” recalled Redondo High classmate Pat Dolly.
Maggie White, another classmate whose family lived two doors down from Ebey, recalled, “She taught me to smoke when we were 14 and tried to convince me to dye my hair blue, like hers. When her parents were away she’d hold great parties. She’d invite us up to her bedroom for séances with a Ouija Board and would swear there were spirits in the room.”
Ebey wrote in a story for Easy Reader about the old Biltmore Hotel, “After the hotel closed we found it was a fabulous place for séances. We’d sneak up in the elevator and go to the ballroom. The tables were big and heavy and it was spooky…We’d all sit around a table, hands flattened, finger touching. I was always the medium and my favorite host was Napoleon. He’d come and the heavy table would slide around the dance floor…”
One day during a conversation at Easy Reader about the paranormal, Ebey casually mentioned that she used to fly up and down the staircase in her home
Another time she told the staff how she and a friend convinced the friend’s father, a doctor, to loan them his car even though the two girls were too young to have drivers’ licenses. They promised to keep secret the doctor’s affair with his nurse. “We could be mean,” she conceded.
At 18, while Ebey’s parents were vacationing abroad, she eloped with her 18-year-old boyfriend Ralph Spencer. The couple had two boys, Randy and Brant.
When the couple divorced only a few years later, her attorney, a friend’s father, delayed filing the divorce papers to prevent her from rushing into another marriage.
In 1954 she married Lou Ebey and gave birth to her third child Amanda.
During the mid-1950s and early 1960s, Ebey and Lou ran the Riviera Bathhouse on 22nd St. (now the Bottle Inn restaurant), which rented lockers and showers to beach goers and sold Hermosa’s best hamburgers.
To help finance her children’s college education, she also sold antiques at the Rodium Swap meet, processed tax returns at Computax and applied her talent for drawing and writing at ad agencies.
In the early 1980s, her letters to the editor in Easy Reader developed into a weekly column called Auntie Density, then to her position as Easy Reader’s production manager and copy editor and finally the paper’s community action columnist.
Staff members recalled her as that rare civic activist who is politically conservative, without ego, and with a sense of humor. She was an ardent Ronald Reagan fan who eagerly participated in Easy Reader’s April Fool’s spoofs of the president.
“She would wave an ash-tipped, unfiltered Pall Mall and ask all the questions that a good newspaper story is supposed to answer,” recalled former Easy Reader report Sam Enrizquez, who is now a Los Angeles Times reporter in Mexico City. “What about this? What about that? Who’s going to pay for it? You should check that because back in 1962…”
“She had all the qualities of a good editor: smart, creative, skeptical of authority, loyal and a wicked sense of humor. My first cover story was a poignant tale of hospice care, which she headlined, with her characteristic humor, ‘Dead Ahead,’” Enriquez said.
Bob Staake, Easy Reader’s editorial cartoonist at the time recalled Ebey as “an absolute original, one of the quirkiest, kindest people I have ever known. She could drink both Sam and me under the table.”
A letter to the editor during this period complained about a drunk Easy Reader reporter (Enriquez), a beer swilling guy in a Hawaiian short (Staake) and a loud elderly blonde (Ebey) at Hermosa councilman Jack Wood’s election victory party. [Editor’s note: Enriquez and Staake both quit drinking shortly after Enriquez sent Staake into his windshield during an auto accident.]
Ebey’s sympathies were always with the less fortunate, which led her to write a column called “Community Action.” Each week she wrote about a different charities such as the Free Clinic, Project Touch, House of Yahweh, and 1736 House, or about local characters such as Ruth, who was crowded out her home by junk and lived in Windmill Park, and Tarzan, a homeless man who somersaulted down the Strand in Speedos. When his Speedos wore out Becker Surf gave him a new pair.
She was also instrumental in founding the Easy Reader Community Thanksgiving dinner, which celebrates its 24th year this November.
A celebration of Ebey’s life is being planned for September.
“Mom told us before she died that she wants something flamboyant. Randy will scatter her ashes from a plane over 21st St. and she wants a Dixieland band and a parade down The Strand to the Mermaid,” her daughter Amanda said.
Ebey is survived by her brother Bob Bergstrom, children Randy, Brant and Amanda, her daughters-in-law Maxine Spencer, Diane Spender and Marsha Lieberman, her grand-daughters Brandi Spencer-Reeves and Amber Spencer, her grand-son-in-law Luke Reeves and her three-year-old great grand daughter Averi Reeves. ER
More About CORALIE CHARLOTTE BERGSTROM:|
Name 2: Coralie Bergstrom
Name 3: Coralie S Bergstrom
Name 4: Coralie C. Ebey
Date born 2: 22 Jan 1929
Residence: 1930, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Social Security Number: 558-34-3927
SSN issued: California
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