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Preston, Harold O. 1901-1929

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Peninsula Daily Herald, CA Feb 7, 1929 p1,2
Harold Preston Succumbs After Lengtay [sic] Illness
By William E. Gould
After waging a gallant fight against illness for the past several months, Harold O. Preston, popular young attorney, passed away this morning at the Carmel hospital from complications developing from a serious operation undergone Saturday. Preston, who was 28 years of age, a native of Osmond, Nebraska, had resided in Pacific Grove for 23 years, since childhood, and was widely known in all three peninsula communities. He was the only son of Mrs. Eva Preston, for many years teacher of the second grade in the Pacific Grove grammar school. In 1915 Harold graduated from the Grove grammar school and graduated from the high school four years later. He entered Stanford university, finished the four-year course studied a year in the Harvard university law school and returned in 1915 to Stanford for a final year of legal studies. Following his admission to the bar, in the same year, he became associated with the firm of Hudson, Martin and Jorgensen, Monterey attorneys, being an intimate friend of H.G. Jorgensen, who is now superior judge. He continued with this firm until his illness. It was fully expected that the young man would recover and regain his health following his first treatment in the Carmel hospital, at his home in Pacific Grove, and later in San Francisco. Indeed, he had returned to resume a portion of his duties at the office of the first of February when he suffered a relapse, was again taken to the hospital, and had the operation performed from which he did not recover. His death came as a blow to all those who knew him. He was married, December 17, 1927, to Miss Margaret Finch, daughter of Judge and Mrs. William M. Finch of Sacramento. She was a teacher in the Pacific Grove grammar school prior to her wedding. The young couple had but recently completed the erection of a new home in Pacific Grove. Besides his wife and mother, he leaves many relatives to mourn his loss, among them are Mrs. J.E. Paul of Pacific Grove and Mrs. P.W. Parmelee of St. Helena, aunts; Dr. E.R. McQuilken of Pacific Grove and Fay McQuilkin of Gilroy, uncles. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock from the Pacific Grove Methodist Episcopal church. Rev. Edgar Luther Stein, an intimate friend and distant relative of Harold, will officiate, assisted by Rev. R.L. McArthur, minister of the church. Interment will be in the family plot in the Gilroy cemetery. Harold Preston will be remembered by all of Pacific Grove as one of the cleanest, most straightforward and happiest of young men. He lived a life of brightness, of courage and great promise. His career, upon which he had so recently embarked, was expected by all to be one of unusual brilliance, as he was a man of great talent and fine application. In his school days, Harold was known for his fun, cheerfulness being the dominant note in his life. He had an unbounded store of optimism, which remained with him throughout the entire length of his illness. He retained consciousness until the very end; his last words being of cheer and hope to those who were at his bedside. It is hard to know what to say in such a time as this. Here was a life that was exemplary in every respect, a bright and cheery ray, prematurely obscured just at the dawn of what promised to be a larger and fairer day and a huge void left a vacancy that not only strikes grief to relatives left behind to mourn, but tears at the heart stings of an entire community. This is one of the tragedies of life that we cannot now understand, that calls for a testing of all that faith and hope may mean. (Editor’s Note: The foregoing notice of the death of Harold O. Preston was written for the Herald by William E. Gould, publisher of the “Grove at High Tide: Pacific Grove publication. Mr. Gould was requested to perform this service for the Herald, as he was one of those most intimately associated with Mr. Preston during his life here; their close friendship having extended over a period of many years.)
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