Abram Callner . . . owned the building on the east at about the turn of the century. He was known to have a junk shop in the alley and at one time he and his wife, Eleanor, were the managers of a dry goods store about a block east.
Hermoine Thompson Tilman, the last surviving child of pioneers Oliver and Carlinda Surprise, was the operator of a millinery shop at that old frame building. She was born in Lowell and died in New York in 1974 at the age of 104 years 9 months.
Her nephew, Harold Love of Lowell, recalls that she loved to dance and went to square dances at the age of 100. Her grandfather, 1833 pioneer Peter Surprise, was also still dancing at age 100, and boasted that none could keep up with him dancing the jig.
She was born in the Lowell area on September 29, 1869, and at the time of death was 104 years and 9 months of age.
Services were held Monday, July 1, in New York, after which the body was taken to California. Services there were held July 3 in a chapel at Forest Lawn with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Many years ago Mrs. Tillman owned and operated a millinery shop in Lowell and will be remembered by our older Senior Citizens.
Go to Hermoine Thompson Surprise Tilman, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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