[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 04:57:25 :

Independent Journal
Monday, October 25, 1971
Page 4

Herschal Oldham, 61, Former Penal Officer

Funeral for Herschal R. Oldham of Mill Valley, a former lieutenant at San Quentin Prison, was held today in San Anselmo.

Oldham, whose home was at 70 Cascade Drive, died Saturday at a Sacramento hospital following a short illness. He was 61.

A native of Kentucky, he moved to California 43 years ago and to Marin County about 21 years ago.

He was a supervisor at Black Mountain menís work camp at Cazadero, Sonoma County, at the time of his death.

He moved to that job five years ago after working at San Quentin Prison for many years.

Prior to San Quentin, he worked as guard at Alcatraz where he was shot four times during a 1946 riot and escape attempt by inmates.

He attended the University of Southern California where he played football and was a member of the Class of 1931.

During World War II, he served with the Navy as a Seabee in the South Pacific.

Oldham was a member of Mill Valley Lodge No. 356, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Islam Temple of the Shrine.

He is survived by his wife, Arnoldine of Sacramento and Mill Valley; a son, Donald K. Oldham of Fremont; a daughter, Tracy Oldham of Vancouver; a sister, Mrs. B. B. Hill of Arlington, Va.; a brother, William F. Richardson of Ramona, San Diego County, and three grandchildren.

The family requests memorial contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in San Francisco.

A Death Notice in the same paper adds that funeral services were held at the Chapel of the Hills, San Anselmo.

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