Our Past | 1985: Mansfield resident celebrates 80th birthday

Selected by Karen Larsen

This article, published in the April 11, 1985 edition of The Waterville Empire Press, tells of a birthday party planned for Mansfield resident Ralph MacIntyre. It sounds like MacIntyre overcame early adversity to lead a very full life.


Party Planned for Ralph MacIntyre

Ralph MacIntyre was born April 15, 1905 at Kalispell, Mont. He will be honored on his 80th birthday this Saturday, April 13, at a potluck and reception at the United Protestant Church in Mansfield.

The potluck dinner will start at 1:30 p.m. Birthday cake will be served at 3 p.m.

Everyone is invited to the party which is hosted by his family. Ralph came to Washington state at the age of 4 with his mother and stepfather. When his mother could no longer provide for him, he was placed in an orphanage in Seattle.

On April 15, 1915, when he was 10, he came to North Central Washington as a foster child of Nate and Clarissa Farnham.

He married Hilda Brandt Nov. 11, 1928. She passed away and on July 29, 1966, he married Lorena Tupling.

He lived in the Methow Valley from 1928 until 1936 and worked in the lumber mill. During part of the Depression he worked in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camps.

He bought a farm in the Willow Springs area north of Withrow and farmed there from 1936 until 1959.

He moved to the town of Mansfield in the fall of 1959 and was employed as a mechanic for Polson Implement Co.

In March of 1960, he went to work as a bus mechanic and bus driver for the Mansfield School District, retiring June 30, 1969.

Since retiring from the school district, he has busied himself with mechanic work in his own repair shop mainly working on lawn mower motors, raising a big garden which he generously shares with his relatives and friends and — at age 70 — learning to play golf. He is now an avid golfer. He can hardly wait for the snow to melt so he can get down to Bridgeport and play.