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o Lars Peter Larsson > Carl August Larson > Charles Leroy Larson
o Alexander Andersson > Anders Petter Alexanderson >
  Helma Johanna Alexanderson

The Larson Family, Nampa Idaho, circa 1943
charles larson family idaho
1st Row L>R: Charles Leroy, Nedra Karen, Helma Johanna Alexanderson, Hilma Charlene
2nd Row L>R: Twyla Marie, Lawrence William, Eleanore Louise, Charles Leroy, Jr., Andrew Elwyn

Charles Leroy LARSON, "Roy"
 b. 07 SEP 1892, Boise, Ada County ID
 m. Helma Johanna ALEXANDERSON
 01 MAY 1920, Caldwell, Canyon County ID
 d. 29 AUG 1955, Boise, Ada County ID
 Buried 01 SEP 1955, Meridian Cemetery, Meridian, Ada County ID

Helma Johanna ALEXANDERSON
 b. 06 MAR 1899, Eureka, Humboldt County CA
 m. Charles Leroy LARSON
 01 MAY 1920, Caldwell, Canyon County ID
 d. 23 NOV 1976, Boise, Ada County ID
 Buried 26 NOV 1976, Meridian Cemetery, Meridian, Ada County ID

CHILDREN

charles leroy larson family of boise idaho
Bill, Chuck, Elwyn & Twyla, circa 1930, Idaho

  1. Eleanore Louise LARSON
     b. 28 FEB 1921, Boise, Ada County ID
     m. James George PARKINSON
     28 SEP 1946, Seattle, King County WA
     d. 16 MAY 2005, Othello, Adams County WA
     Ashes inurned 23 JUL 2005, Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise,
     Ada County ID

  2. Lawrence William LARSON
    PRIVATE

  3. Twyla Marie LARSON
     b. 06 AUG 1925, Boise or Meridian, Ada County ID
     m. Elberon Grayson ANDREWS
     10 MAY 1946, Cortland, Trumbull County OH
     d. 04 MAY 1992, Colorado Springs, El Paso County CO
     28 APR 2006, Ashes inurned at Shrine of Remembrance,
     Colorado Springs, El Paso County CO

  4. Charles Leroy LARSON, Chuck
     b. 02 SEP 1927, Meridian, Ada County ID
     m. Diane Marguerite DRUMMOND
     30 SEP 1950, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County OH
     d. 14 MAY 2004, Greensboro, Guilford County NC
     (Ashes with family)

  5. Andrew Elwyn LARSON, Elwyn
     b. 07 SEP 1930, Meridian, Ada County ID
     m. Rita Elizabeth SOMMER
     26 DEC 1955, Nampa, Canyon County ID
     d. 15 MAR 1989, Phoenix, Maricopa County AZ
     Buried 20 MAR 1989 in National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix,
     Maricopa County AZ

  6. Hilma Charlene LARSON, Charlene
    PRIVATE

  7. Nedra Karen LARSON
     b. 14 NOV 1938, Nampa, Canyon County ID
     m. Duayne WILLIAMS
     05 APR 1957-1964, Boise, Ada County ID
     m. Robert Franklin SHIFFLER
     26 MAR 1965-1969?, Las Vegas, Clark County NV
     m. Luther Louis COWHERD, Jr.
     25 JUL 1972 to 15 JUN 1995, Las Vegas, Clark County NV
     d. 04 MAR 2003, Las Vegas, Clark County NV
     (Ashes on Nevada mountaintop)

Charles Leroy Larson Obituary, Idaho Statesman, August 30, 1955

Charles Leroy Larson, 62, of Meridian, route 3, died in a Boise hospital Monday following a short illness.

Mr. Larson was born Sept. 7, 1892, in Boise, and attended Franklin school where he was graduated in 1910. He then ranched near Parma until 1917 when he joined the U. S. Marine Corps. After returning to the Boise valley in 1920, Mr. Larson married Helma Alexanderson of Caldwell. He farmed in the Boise, Nampa, Melba and Kuna areas before making his home near Meridian in 1944. He was a member of the IOOF lodge, Farmers Home club, Boise Scandinavian society and Old Timers society of the Franklin, Whitney and Cole communities, of which he was president.

Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, William of Ithaca, N. Y., Charles, Jr., of Cleveland, Ohio, and Andrew E. of Meridian; four daughters, Mrs. Twyla Andrews, Clovis N. M., and Mrs. Eleanore Parkinson, Charlene and Nedra Larson, all of Meridian; three brothers, Dr. O. R. Larson of Garden Valley and Vern C. and George W. Larson, both of Boise, a sister, Mrs. Florence Forster of Boise, and nine grandchildren.

Services will be conducted in the Meridian Methodist church at 2:30 p. m. Thursday with the Rev. Leonard Clark and the Rev. Stanley Andrews officiating. Interment will be at Meridian under the direction of Robison chapel.


Helma J. Larson

MERIDIAN - Services for Helma J. Larson, 77, of 2611 North Twenty-eighth St., Boise, who died Tuesday, November 23, at home, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, November 26, at the Robison-Jerread Chapel, Meridian, by the Rev. Stanley Day. Interment will be in Meridian Cemetery.

She was born March 6, 1899, in Eureka, California, and moved in 1906 to Idaho. She married Charles Larson on May 1, 1920, in Caldwell. They farmed in the Boise Valley until his death in 1955. She later moved to Boise.

She was a member of the Acme Rebekah Lodge No. 26, Meridian.

Surviving are three sons, A. Elwyn Larson, Phoenix, Ariz., Charles L. Larson, Jr., Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Dr. L. William Larson, Gainesville, Fla; four daughters, Nedra K. Cowherd, Las Vegas, Twyla M. Andrews, South San Francisco, Calif., and H. Charlene Stewart and Mrs. Eleanore Parkinson, both Boise; two brothers, Chester C. Alexanderson, Springfield, Ore., and Robert L. Alexanderson, Caldwell; two sisters, Helen L. Pearson, Eureka, and Inez M. VanZelf, Fortuna, Calif.; 27 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Alexanderson.

Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund.

Published in The Idaho Statesman, Thursday, November 25, 1976.

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Helma Johanna Alexanderson
Helma Johanna Alexanderson
My grandmother used to take care of my sister Cindy and me when we were young, in the early and mid-60s, when my parents wanted a break. Our Uncle George (Helma's brother-in-law) was a constant companion to my grandmother. They would play cribbage while my sister and I played on the rug with a box of very old toys. She had an old Philco television but there wasn't much on back then so we rarely watched it. She'd let me rummage through her collection of costume jewelry, very exotic stuff, and through a big gallon jar of buttons she had collected.

Grandma always wanted to be a nurse. She told us she would have given anything to have been able to go to nursing school. When she was young she nursed people through the 1918 influenza epidemic, and when she was older she volunteered for the Red Cross. There were many tearful pleas, over the years, for us to stay in school, and to not smoke, though leaving school and smoking never tempted us. She was a wonderful person.

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Helma Johanna Alexanderson
Wedding Photo
My mother told me Grandma learned to cook on a wood stove. She seemed to have a hard time transitioning to electric. Because I loved her, and being with her was kind of magical, I learned to love food that wasn't prepared that well - scalded milk, gummy rice, stale cookies, and the like. She was thrifty. There was always a big jar of pencils on the kitchen table, a string across the laundry room holding multi-colored plastic bread clips, and a can holding various rubber bands, paper clips, pins, and unidentified treasures.

When we stayed over at Grandma's we slept under a painting of a woman holding a dove. She looked like an angel. When my grandmother died the painting went to my aunt Eleanore, who later gave it to me. It hangs above my bed today. - TSS
helma alexanderson, boise id
Helma Alexanderson, Roy Larson and Harry Forster, circa 1920. The photographer may have been Roy's sister Florence, who later married Harry. Just over Helma's shoulder you can see the triangular roof of a small cabin.

I believe this photo was taken outside of Boise, in the foothills, judging from the vegetation. It's strange though, how in old photographs even the vegetation looks old-fashioned. Here it looks staged, as if a set designer had strategically placed plants for the photograph. My grandmother is holding a camera, and the photographer has one, too. Thank God they were a picture taking bunch. - TSS

Roy Larson had rheumatic fever as a child, and suffered from rheumetism as an adult. He'd take a honey bucket to school for lunch with a boiled potato and a boiled egg. He also ate a lot of sardines and herring. As an adult he worked a sheep ranch in Parma that his father had rented.


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