Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - James S. Poulsen

I took this photo on our wintery escapade through the Bear Lake Valley last May. James Sirrene Poulsen was my great-grandfather.  He was born 8 May 1864 in Paris, Idaho and died 15 August 1940.  He is buried in the Paris Cemetery.

When James was 14 years old he carried the mail from Ovid to Liberty three times a week, walking the entire five miles for three years.  When he was in his early twenties he went to work for Co-op Dairy in Nounan valley.  James occupied various positions of public trust, such as city councilman, president of the irrigation company, and road supervisor. He was the second city Marshal of the city of Paris.  During his term in office, a number of bad epidemics of disease swept through the town, resulting in many deaths.  It was his duty to enforce the quarantine law, and to see personally that quarantined families were kept in food and other supplies.

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