By Eilene Lyon
I’m deeply indebted to my cousin, Nancy, who is like a dog with a bone. She obtained a record from the funeral home. She also contacted librarians, getting them to look through their newspaper archives. Most searches turned up empty.
It’s still a mystery why the Hood River newspapers never published a story about Clifford going to prison for embezzling $7.11. But now I can rest easier knowing the timing of his death was truly just a coincidence. (It happened two years to the day after his arrest.)
Another hint from this article is that Clifford may have gone to Missouri to be with Mossielee, his wife, after his release from McNeil Island Penitentiary in May 1940.