The Death of Clifford Cutting, Postman

By Eilene Lyon

If you’ve read my previous posts about Clifford Cutting (A Postal Crime and Postal Crime Postscript), you might be interested in the following article.

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.

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From the Skamania Pioneer, October 3, 1941.

Feature image: by Tyler Rutherford on Unsplash

22 thoughts on “The Death of Clifford Cutting, Postman

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  1. It’s still a mystery however about why no report of his embezzlement. Modern day media would have reported it in the newspapers, bounced him around Twitter, then hounded his family on Facebook! Maybe there was a greater sense of empathy and community feeling towards him in those days?

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  2. Eilene,

    That’s odd there was no mention of his embezzlement, considering it was kind of a big deal. But at least you were able to tie up the loose ends. And it’s always nice to have that point person on matters such as this, so shout out to cousin Nancy!

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  3. I’m kind of enamored with old newspapers these days… questions are getting answered right and left. So glad this paper found it’s way to you–helping to wrap up Clifford’s story.

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