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Ross, Charles “Whalebone Charley” 1872-1953

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 5:02 am    Post subject: Ross, Charles “Whalebone Charley” 1872-1953 Reply with quote

Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA Nov. 3, 1953 p2
Charles Ross, better known in Monterey over a long period of years as “Whalebone Charley,” died this morning in a Salinas hospital after a week’s illness. “Whalebone Charley,” so-called because of his museum of oddities located since 1927 at 262 Tyler St., was 82, a native of Louisiana, where he was born July 28, 1870. For the first two decades after coming to Monterey 40 years ago, Mr. Ross was engaged in commercial fishing. Following his retirement he earned his pseudonym by assembling grotesque figures out of whalebone and other materials at hand and displaying them in his outdoor “museum.” He and his hobby – which brought him in a fair living, he claimed – were featured in a number of articles published in The Herald and elsewhere. Mr. Ross leaves no known relatives. Services are pending at the Dorney & Farlinger Funeral Home and will be announced later.
Copyright (c) 2008 The Monterey County Herald

ROSS CHARLES 1872 01 31 NARDING ROSS MALE TN MONTEREY 1953 11 03 81
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