John C. MacDonald

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Friday, May 28, 1948

John MacDonald Taken By Death

John C. MacDonald, 47, Lewiston, switch crew foreman for the Camas Prairie railroad, succumbed after suffering a heart attack yesterday at 7 p.m. while switching cars near 18th and Main streets. He was rushed to St. Joseph's hospital by ambulance but died a few minutes after arriving there.

He was born at Grafton, N. D., Dec. 2, 1900. He was a master sergeant with the U. S. marines during World war I and re-enlisted with the marines during 1922 and served 16 years mostly in China. After discharge, Mr. MacDonald was appointed deputy U. S. marshal for Alaska, and the Aleutian islands. He wed Marilla Hudson of Lewiston, at Bremerton, Wash., Oct. 29, 1938. They came to Lewiston during 1939 where he was employed with Potlatch Forests, Inc. He accepted employment with the CPRR in 1940 as a switchman.

Mr. MacDonald was a member of the Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles and chairman of the Lewiston chapter of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.

Survivors include his wife, residing at 0223 24th St., Lewiston, a brother, Walter, and two sisters living in the eastern states.

The body is at Brower-Wann's funeral home with arrangements pending.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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