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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, April 10, 2006 at 06:38:13 :

The Marin Journal
Thursday, December 19, 1940
Page 2

Ernest Arenander, “Village Smithy” of Tomales, Is Dead

Ernest Arenander, pioneer and widely known resident of Tomales, died at his home there last Monday evening, succumbing to a heart attack, which seized him first last Saturday.

For 32 years Mr. Arenander was known throughout the coast area as the “village smithy.” He has conducted a blacksmith shop at Marshall, before moving to Tomales.

He was an expert in his line and during the horse and buggy days enjoyed an unusually large patronage. In connection with his shop, Arenander also operated a service station.

Mr. Arenander was born in Sweden and was 73 years of age, and had been a resident of the United States since a boy. He was a member of Vitruvius Lodge, No. 145, F. & A. M., of Bloomfield, and of the Mystic Shrine, and also a member of the Scottish Rite Masons. Although he lived beyond the biblical span, Mr. Arenander was active and always could be found at his place of business in “fair and foul” weather.

He delighted meeting old friends, and making new ones. Residents of the coast towns, especially those in of Marshall and Tomales, were grieved to learn of the death of “Blacksmith Ernest” as he was sometimes called.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Helene Arenander and daughter, Mrs. Edward Grippe, of Two Rock; a son, Eugene Arenander, of Tomales, and a grandchild, Muriel Arenander. The funeral was held last Wednesday with interment at Tomales.

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