Raymond Victor Eaton

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Raymond Victor Eaton

Birthplace: Centralia, Lewis, Washington, United States
Death: Arizona, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Andrew William Eaton and Sarah Jane Eaton
Ex-husband of Wilda Eaton
Father of Lorane Joyce Donlon
Brother of William Eaton; Carrie M Eaton; Edgar C Eaton and Bessie A Wilcox

Occupation: Miner/rambler
Managed by: Karen Louise Spain
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About Raymond Victor Eaton

Lorane Joyce Eaton’s Father – Raymond Victor Eaton (born Apr 17 1894 in

Centralia WN Lewis county); died Hailey Idaho in 1970s. Married Wilda Jan 1 1920 at

Baptist Parsonage in Goldendale WN. They married just 19 days before Prohibition

Amendment throughout America took effect; it was already law Jan 1 1916 in

Washington State.

Raymond Victor Eaton, for most of his life herded sheep; he went in to mining to hunt for

gold and during the war for plutonium; hit a few good strikes with a partner. During the

great depression he was a bootlegger (stock market crash was Black Tuesday, Oct 29

1929; New Deal 1933-1938). With one eye (lost in dynamite accident) he could not go

into military.

Raymond joined the bootleggers; he began distilling alcohol in his home. Prohibition

became a law earlier in Washington State (on Jan 1 1916), than in the nation. In fact

Initiative No. 3, passed on Nov 1, 1914, Election Day, the citizens of Washington State,

by a margin of 52 percent; it just did not take effect until Jan 1916. The Prohibition

Amendment (The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, effective Jan 20 1920);

Prohibition was repealed in Apr 15, 1933. During his moon shining days, Raymond

would hop a train and be gone for months at a time, leaving his wife Wilda to fend for

herself. Wilda was out in the woods and would have to kill a pheasant or catch a fish to

exist; this kept on for about four years before their child, Lorane was born. Wilda became

a telephone operator and met Brownie, and left Raymond (and took off to California).

Ray was a fastidious man; could not stand to see a picture crooked on the wall. He lived

off alone and did not appreciate civilization. He really appreciated his sheep dog; trained

them himself.

Renee Flansburg says “the thing I remember is I said, ‘what you mean you have a glass

eye; what are you talking about.’ He reached up popped it out and rolled it across the

table at me. I was afraid to pick it up. I was real young when that happened. It was on [35

North] Proctor” (north end of Tacoma, WN).

Story about Raymond Eaton by David Boje: “What I do know is the Eaton my

grandmother married was a hermit, a sheepherder and a fortune hunter, who always

prospected silver and gold in Idaho wilderness, but never found the mother load. He had

but one eye, the other blasted out by dynamite. My little brother and I used to steal into

his room the two times only he visited our mother (his daughter) and us the grand kids.

We found him snoring, and heisted the glass eye out of his water glass. By stealth we

crawled back to our room and did play marbles with the eye. We thought we would

never be found out, because of all the precautions we took. We polished the malevolent

eye, and inspected it carefully for nicks and chips, and finding none we put it back in the

water glass, and poured the water to the finger mark we had left. He spotted our game on

the second visit, and this would be his very last visit ever to us. He ranted and raved, we

thought he was going to explode. He told us how he hated towns and all civilization and

put the black patch over his vacant eye and left forever. We felt quite bad, because how

many of us have a grandfather who has a patch over his glass eye, lives in the mountains

of Idaho, in the caves, and herds sheep to buy the provisions he needs to survive all


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Raymond Victor Eaton's Timeline

April 1894
Centralia, Lewis, Washington, United States
November 4, 1925
Age 31
Goldendale, Washington, United States
Arizona, United States