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One of the most modern mortuaries in northern California is that owned and conducted by Mr. and Mrs. A. Dustin Upton at Weed. Mrs. Upton is a licensed mortician in the states of California, Oregon and Washington, and conducts all of the professional duties of the business, while her husband has the management of the funerals and other affairs. The equipment of the Upton Mortuary is of the most modern type, including a large Studebaker hearse, and in Siskiyou county the services accorded by this representative undertaking establishment has been most acceptable and appreciated.

Mr. Upton was born in the state of Nebraska, February 6, 1882, while his wife, whose maiden name was Muriel C. La Cunnae was born in Pennsylvania. They were married November 23, 1925, in Yreka, California. Mrs. Upton came to California in 1925, having previously gone to Oregon in 1910 as a professional nurse. She later took up mortuary work with E. B. Hughes, with whom she worked for twelve years, and after four years apprenticeship she became a licensed operator herself. Mrs. Upton occupies an unique position, women morticians being rare in the profession, but she has manifested an extraordinary ability and understanding of her work, and likewise has gained the regard of the people of her city and county by her winning personality and desire to cooperate in all worthy affairs. She is the mother of one child by a former marriage, namely: Fielding O. Russ, who is an estimator with the Field Art Tile Company of Portland, Oregon. She is a republican in her political affiliation, while Mr. Upton is an adherent to the democratic party.

In 1930, Mrs. Upton was appointed as deputy coroner of Siskiyou county by Coroner Felix Kunz of Yreka.




Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 153-154. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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