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MARRIAGE / WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Mrs. Cowan, Long Resident of NW., Dies.
Port Angeles, June 12--- Funeral Services were held yesterday for Mrs. Mary Emily Cowan, 81 years old, granddaughter of Gen. Joseph Lane, first governor of Oregon Territory.
She was born at Roseburg, Douglas Co., OR In 1900, she and her husband, the late John Merrill Cowan, moved to Tatoosh Island, where he worked as the lighthouse keeper. they lived there until 1932 and several of their eight children were reared on the wind-swept island.
Since the death of her husband in 1934, Mrs. Cowan and an older sister, Mrs. Alice Willis, operated a farm at Carlsburg, near Port Angeles where Mrs. Cowan died Tuesday evening. Surviving are seven children, 20 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
"Capt. D. Clyde Lane, 47, skipper of the Northland Marine Line Tugboat Polar Star, which operated in Alaskan waters, dies February 28 in Seattle. Lane who was born in Ketchikan; was well known through out the past 25 years. Survivors include his wife, Helen; a son Steven, Fort Walters, Texas; a daughter Mrs. Arthur Bertsch; parents Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Lane, and brothers, Hugh and Goodrich, all of Seattle, and a sister, Mrs. Rayetta Morrell, San Diego, California."
Funeral Services for Freedom Lane, 75 of, 12062 Tenth Ave. S., will be at 2:30 o'clock, Wednesday at the Georgetown Funeral Home, with cremation following. He died yesterday in a hospital.
Born in Clarks, Neb; Mr. Lane moved to Seattle in 1896. He was a carpenter and a cabinetmaker for the government until retiring. He was a Navy Veteran of the first World War and a member of the Masons and the Veterans of Foreign wars.
Surviving are his wife, Lauretta; two sisters Mrs. Mary Gallagher, Seattle, and Mrs. Harold McGarvy, Issaquah and four brothers, Richard and Charlie, both of Seattle, Emerson of Port Orchard, and Sydney Lane, Monroe. The family suggests remembrances to the First Freewill Baptist Church building Fund.
General Joseph Lane is dead. In his time he bore an important part in the affairs of this coast and of the nation. He took an active and honorable part in the Mexican war, was Oregon's first Territorial governor, making the trip over land in mid winter to enter upon his duties. He was repeatedly elected delegate to congress from 11851 till the state was admitted, when he was elected senator, where he misrepresented her until March 4, 1861, during his occupancy of the seat in the senate giving Aid and sympathy to secession. In 1860 he was candidate for Vice President on the Breckenridge Ticket. He was always a Bourbon Democrat, in full sympathy with the slavery and secession dogmas of the south and did all he could to implant and perpetuate those views in Oregon. In his administration of affairs in Oregon he showed himself to be brave and energetic man of great ability and he might have been a tower of strength in the nation had his political struggles anterior to the war and consequent upon it are, perhaps, too fresh in our memory for us to do General Lane full justice for the many good qualities he undoubtedly possessed.
San Anselmo resident. Nancy Nickel of San Anselmo (CA) was known for her warmth and her wit. Friends knew her as a loving, charming and vital woman.
"My best friend, Nancy, worked quietly and with great attention to supporting and nurturing her friends. She was thoughtful, humorous and graceful lady, " said Pat Martin of Petaluma.
"Her friendship was a tremendous gift."
Mrs. Nickel died of a brain aneurysm April 11 at her home. She was 61.
For 11 years, Mrs. Nickel worked as community relations director at Marin General Hospital. She was hired in 1982.
Previously she worked as public relations director at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley.
In addition, she did public relations work for Union city, New Haven Unified School District and the San Leandro centennial and compiled a book about the history of Union City.
Most recently, Mrs. Nickel was a marketing specialist at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
She was born in Portland, Ore., the granddaughter of Sen. Harry Lane and the great great granddaughter of Joseph Lane, the first governor of Oregon Territory.
She was a graduate of Wenatchee High School in Wenatchee, Wash, and earned a bachelors degree at the University of Washington and a master's degree in public administration from California State University, Hayward.
Mrs. Nickel was active in the Art Deco Society and enjoyed collecting vintage clothing. She also enjoyed foreign travel, tasting wine and reading mysteries. She loved cats.
She served on the board of the California Wildlife Center, now Wildcare. She was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority.
She lived in Marin since 1978.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Mike Nickel of San Anselmo; a daughter, Ariel Glenn of New York City; her stepmother, Aileen Ramsey of Wenatchee, Wash; three step sisters, Candy Collyer of Bothell, Wash., Anne Montgomery of Seattle, Wash., and Maggie Koeppler of Issaquah, Wash.; and a stepbrother, Hugh Beatty of Oak Harbor, Wash.
A celebration of her life will be at 7pm. Tuesday at a place to be announced. Visitation will be from 2 to 5pm tomorrow at chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo.
In lieu of memorial contributions, the family asks that friends give someone a hug or offer a kind word in Mrs. Nickel's memory.
OTHER DEATH TRIBUTES:
"Harry Lane 1855-1917 Mayor, Senator, Charitable Physician, Opponent of war.
Grandson of Senator Joseph Lane, Senator Harry Lane, like this kinsman, ended his political career in gloom. Opposition to the declaration of war against Germany in April 1917, brought a wave of public condemnation. He died a few weeks later. Harry Lane was the last senator elected by the Oregon legislature (1913). Native Oregonian, born in Marysville (now Corvallis) in 1855, he took an MD degree at Willamette (1876) and in 1881 opened an office in Portland. "The little doctor" built up a fine practice, had the expensive policy of treating numerous poor free. He served as president of the Oregon Medical society, four years as head of the Oregon hospital for the insane, had a strong but stormy administration as reform Mayor of Portland (1905-09). In the senate he worked hard in the fields of child labor, pure food, Indian affairs. Senator Chamberlain attributed Lane's death to heartbreak after his motives impugned. Outstanding, characteristic, Kindness."
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