The Admiral’s Last War

On a cold January day in 1967 a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer arrived at the Neebor Lee house to interview retired Rear Admiral  Ross Palmer Whitemarsh and his wife, the former Rebecca Gumbes. The interview was to appear in the Sunday edition of the paper and was to be a public interest story focusing on the…

The Admiral

While there have been many interesting past owners of the Neebor Lee home and property, one of the more interesting ones was Ross Palmer Whitemarsh. He was born in Olympia, Washington in 1895, the son of a workshop machinist who emigrated to the Washington Territory in the 1870s. He pursued a career in the Navy and…

The Wonder Heater

I think it appropriate that on this Memorial Day I introduce a find that I made in the basement of the Mason Lodge. What I first believed was a 55-gallon drum turned out the be a vintage 1943 coal burning stove. It had the appearance of a 55-gallon metal drum because the stove components were actually…