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Edith Chilton (Pea) Celebrates 100th Birthday

May 7, 2008

Click to enlargeThis month, Edith Chilton (Pea) celebrated her 100th birthday. Edith stayed at her home on Lewis River Road while friends and family visited her throughout the day.

Edith Pea was born May 7, 1908 in Kelso, Washington. Both of her parents were children that had come out west with their parents just before the turn of the century and homesteaded up the North Fork of the Lewis River. In 1891, Edith's mother, Bessie Razey settled on the Razey homestead with her parents in the area just North of Yale Dam. In 1895, Edith's father, John Pea, helped his father set up the Pea homestead 15 miles east of Woodland, mile past where Dubois Road is now.

When Edith was 3 years old, she and her parents moved from Kelso up to the property her grandfather had homesteaded. She stayed there and went to school at the Bell school until she was in the eighth grade. In the seventh grade, she passed both the seventh and the eighth grade examinations, but her mother made her go through the eighth grade at Bell school rather than skipping it and going on to High School.

Since there wasn't a high school up the Lewis River, children wanting to continue on into High School had to board with somebody in Woodland or another place that had a High School. Edith had some relatives in Kelso yet, but instead of boarding with them during High School, her parents decided to move to Kelso. Her father John, got a job at a mill owned by one of his brothers in law.

Edith went to Kelso for her Freshman year, but the family moved to Morton, WA for her sophomore year. They all moved back to Kelso for Edith's Junior and Senior year. Edith graduated from Kelso high School in 1926 with honors and as the class valedictorian.

In 1926, she went to Bellingham, WA to attend Normal School to become a school teacher. That year, her brother Everett was killed in a logging accident, and her grandmother Pea died. Her mother also gave birth to her sister Doris that year but became ill afterwards. Edith only attended Normal School one term before moving back to care for her mother.

When Edith's grandmother Razey died, the family moved from Kelso to the Razey farm. She met her future husband, Walter Chilton, at a basket social. They were married in 1929.

After Edith and Walter were married, they lived in a tent house, (a tent on a wooden platform) on the Razey property for 6 months before moving to the house Edith lives in now.

Edith and Walter Chilton had two children, Lorene (Stuart) and Floyd. They each had three children. There are now 21 Great Grand children, and 5 Great, Great Grandchildren.

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