Fifth Generation (Continued)
Fifth Generation (Continued)
Family of Henry Edgar BASSFORD (28) & Nellie D. ARMSTRONG
50. Edgar Thomas BASSFORD (Henry Edgar4, Henry Edgar3, George2, William1). Born on 5 Jun 1919 in Kalispel, Flathead Co., MT.51,57,76,37 Edgar Thomas died in Boise, ID, on 15 Jun 2008.51,76 Buried in Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, ID.32

He removed with his family to Naples, ID in 1931. He graduated from high school in Bonners Ferry, ID in 1936, and enrolled at Whitworth College at Spokane, graduating in 1940. After graduation he returned to Montana as a high school teacher in Dodson, MT. He later accepted the position of football/basketball coach at Hobson High School. He received an appointment as a reserve Cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT during World War II, graduating in Feb 1946. He was commissioned as an Ensign and was sent to the Aleutians, participating in the landing involved with the retaking of Attu and Kiska Islands from the Japanese. He was then transferred to the South Pacific and was involved with the initial landings on Leyte and Mindoro. After his ship was hit by a Japanese Kamikaze, he was reassigned to the U.S.S. Codington AKA. He returned to the U.S> in Apr 1946, and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Cpmmander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, serving in Helena, MT and Boise, ID.

He was of Helena, MT at the time of his father’s death in 1954.56

He became a professional sales representative for Commerce Clearing House, a publisher of topical law reports and tax accounting guides, retiring in 1984 after 22 years.32

Gravestone, Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada Co., ID32
Edgar Thomas Bassford/US Coast Guard/Jun. 5, 1919/Jun. 15, 2005


He first married Idella M. WALDEN, daughter of Claude WALDEN & Edna (WALDEN), on 15 Jun 1941 in Great Falls, Cascade Co., MT.36 Born ? . Idella M. died ? . They were divorced on 27 Oct 1943 in Great Falls, Cascade Co., MT.77


They had no children.

He second married Mary Bernice ROBERTSON, daughter of John B. ROBERTSON & Bessie (ROBERTSON), on 31 Dec 1946 in Helena, MT.59 Born on 26 Sep 1917 in Helena, MT.76,78 Mary Bernice died in Boise, Ada Co., ID, on 15 Feb 2003.76 Buried in Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada Co., ID.32

Gravestone, Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada Co., ID32
Mary Bernice Bassford/Sep. 26, 1917/Feb. 15, 2003


They had one child:
Myles T. (?-)
51. Elaine N. BASSFORD (Henry Edgar4, Henry Edgar3, George2, William1). Born abt 1921 in Montana.57,58 age 9 in 1930 census, age 19 in 1940 census. Elaine N. died in 2008.32 died “earlier this year” in her brother’s obituary. aka: Elouise M.


She married William KADING ? . Born ? .


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