Turkey Gone, but Five Grand Is Safe: Pair Happy

by Linda Stewart, 31 August 2021

Long Beach, Calif., December 26, 1951 — While D. Cameron Paschall and his wife [June] were visiting relatives Tuesday the electric roaster cooking their turkey became overheated and set their house afire.

A neighbor called the Paschall’s and told them the bad news.  Paschall rushed into the burning home and emerged triumphant, not with the turkey but with a paper bag.  It contained $5,000 in cash Paschall had secreted in his home.  The turkey was reduced to charcoal.

The Paschall’s ate out, which cut an insignificant dent in the $5,000.  Damage to the house was confined to the kitchen[i].


Dean Cameron Paschall, the son of William Guthrie Paschall and Lorene Litterel, was born 6 August 1922 in Los Angeles Co., CA, and died on 29 April 2004 in Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA.  He was cremated with his ashes scattered at sea[ii].

Dean was married first to June Elizabeth Mertz on December 27, 1946 in Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA[iii].  The marriage record was recorded on January 2, 1947 in book 2729, page 169. June was married secondly to Robert Randle Cox.

June Mertz Weds Dean C. Paschall In California:  Word has been received here of the wedding of Miss June Elizabeth Mertz, daughter of Mrs. Paul F. Mertz, 49 Raleigh avenue, this city and Dean Cameron Paschall, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Paschall of Long Beach, Calif.  The couple were married Dec. 27 in the Wee Kirk o’ the Heather, Glendale, Calif., by Rev. Clair Gahagen of the First Presbyterian church of Glendale. 

For the ceremony the bride chose a bridge wool suit trimmed with brown braid and brown accessories.  Her corsage was a spray of green orchids.  Attending the bride was Miss. Audrey L. Hergrandson who wore a grey suit with pink accessories and a corsage of pink roses.  Robert Powell was best man.

The bride, a graduate of Mansfield Senior high school was graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic high school and Long Beach Junior college.  She is now attending the University of Southern California.

Mr. Paschall was graduated from City College and at present is associated with his father in Meyer and Welsh, Inc. in Los Angeles. The couple resides at 6914 Rugby avenue, Huntington Park, Calif[iv].

Dean was married secondly to Audrey Lucille Hergrandson Hulbert on July 29, 1961 in Los Angeles Co., CA[v].

Wayfarers’ Chapel Setting for Paschall-Hulbert Rite:  In a morning service at Wayfarer’s Chapel, Portuguese Bend, Dr. D. Cameron Paschall took as his bride, Audrey L. Hulbert, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Spurgeon.  The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Paschall, 2225 Pasadena Ave.

The bride wore a gown of pink silk organza and a pale pink veil.  She carried a nosegay of pink roses.  Mrs. Julius Smith was matron of honor, and Valerie Jean Hulbert was junior bridesmaid.  Dr. John P. Martin served as best man. 

The new Mrs. Paschall attended Long Beach City College, and was a member of Thespians.  Dr. Paschall was graduated from Polytechnic High School, Long Beach City College and USC, and was affiliated with Phi Delta Chi.  The newlyweds are on a honeymoon trip to New York City and will be at home at 4470 Cerritos Ave. after Aug. 14[vi].

June Elizabeth Mertz Paschall Cox, Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Ohio, 1938.  Dean Cameron Paschall, Long Beach City College, 1941.  Audrey Lucille Hergrandson Hulbert Paschall, 1961.

[i] Fairbanks Daily News – Miner, (Fairbanks, Alaska), Wednesday, December 26, 1951, Page 1.

[ii] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95549443/dean-cameron-paschall, accessed 31 August 2021

[iii] State of California. California Marriage Index, Los Angeles County, Marriage Record #569, Registrar #113.

[iv] News-Journal, (Mansfield, Ohio), Monday, January 6, 1947, Page 5.

[v] State of California. California Marriage Index, 1960-1985. Microfiche. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Registrar Co. #19 22830, State File #54520.

[vi] Independent, (Long Beach, CA), Friday, August 4, 1961, Page 18.

One thought on “Turkey Gone, but Five Grand Is Safe: Pair Happy”

  1. I love the story about the turkey burning up but the man saved his money. With $5,000 he could buy another turkey and repair his kitchen.

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