Lifelong Gazelle resident, Ernest Allen Bridwell, 95, passed away at Madrone Hospice in Yreka on October 23, 2010.

Ernest was born on August 15, 1915 at the homestead house on Scarface Road in Gazelle. He was the youngest of six children born to Noah and Margaret Bridwell.

Ernest was employed by Long-Bell Lumber Mill in Weed for 38 years (later known as International Paper Company).

He was a member of the Gazelle Grange No. 380, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ernest was a member of the first group of volunteer fireman for Gazelle Fire Department.

He also helped organize the Gazelle Horseman Club, along with starting the rodeo grounds in Scarface.
He served in the US Army during World War II.

Ernest married Mary Crechriou on July 8, 1945 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Yreka and together they raised three children.

Ernest enjoyed ranching, horseback riding, and cattle drives through out Siskiyou County.

Ernest is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary; daughter and son-in-law, Trudi and Mike Haggerty of Newark, California; son, Martin Bridwell of Grenada; and son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Kim Bridwell of Gazelle.
He was the beloved grandfather of 9 grandchildren, James Haggerty, Shelley Haggerty Lumm, Andy, Gabe, Tim, Cole, Quentin, Carolyn, and Janice Bridwell; 14 great-grandchildren, Savannah and Johnathan Lumm, Jessie, Drew, Randall, Danielle, Conner, Jake, Jacqueline, Ava, Isabelle, Molly, Tate and Tyler Bridwell.

He also leaves behind extended family members Merry Wood, Marsha Pitkin, Nick and Heather Wood, Candace and Jeff Deaton and family.

Services will be held at Girdner’s Funeral Chapel in Yreka on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Madrone Hospice, 255 Collier Circle, Yreka; or a charity of one’s choice.