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Garner: 100 Years Young

Henry Garner celebrates centennial birthday this Sunday at the Centerville Grange


Henry Garner celebrates centennial birthday this Sunday at the Centerville Grange

In August, 1914, war was breaking out in Europe; the first seaworthy ship passed through the Panama Canal; Carl Wickman begins Greyhound, the 1st US bus line, in Minnesota; and Henry Garner was born in The Dalles.

Henry was the oldest of six children, born to Frank and Mary Garner. He grew up on the family ranch southwest of Centerville.

Henry played baseball and basketball at Centerville School. His work experience spanned five decades, and includes driving bus for his uncle, in Portland, where he drove the route from Portland to Medford. He relocated to the Goldendale area, where he worked for Burt Wilkins and Ed Doubravsky.

In the late 1940s, Garner began selling insurance for John Hancock Life Insurance Company. Henry moved back to Portland, where he continued his career with Hancock Insurance. Henry also lived in Spokane; moving back to Centerville for good, in 1977. He retired from Hancock in 1979, but stayed active in the insurance business for several years.

Henry Garner

Henry has been heard telling folks that he graduated 2nd in his class at Centerville. But years later, his daughter, Kay, found out that there were only three in his graduating class.

Henry served on the Centerville School Board from 1991 to 2003, and also served on Klickitat County's planning commission.

Garner's family is hosting a birthday party in honor of their patriarch this Sunday, July 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Centerville Grange. All are welcome to come and share in the festivities.


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