Chester Franklin Ericson & The Armours

Chester Franklin Ericson (Willard’s Uncle) March 6, 1887—1968 (age 81)

Mildred Lillias Armour 1894-1985 (age 91)

Chester was a son of Otto C. Ericson and married Mildred Lillias Armour. Her father was Michael Cochrane Armour, former president of a Chicago iron and steel corporation. He was also developer who purchased 65 acres of Linda Vista real estate in 1909, working with architect J. Constantine Hillman to create large elegant estates. Photos of the gardens were published in Gardens for a Beautiful America, and archived by the Library of Congress.

Chester and Mildred had a son named John Armour Ericson (1925–1991). He married Leola Beatrice Vandyke Ericson (1914–1986) and they had a son named John Armour Ericson, Jr.

Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 10.45.21 AMThey also had a daughter named Jean Armour Ericson (1917-1993), who married Norman Leffingwell Goss on July 14, 1939, in Pasadena.

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“They will go to Paris to live.” They lived in Pasadena instead, heading the tides of war in Europe. They had four daughters together—Heather, Shana, Devon and Briar—who were popularly described in the Pasadena newspaper Independent Star-News during the 1960s:

Goss studied music in Paris, and later opened the Stuffed Shirt Restaurants in Pasadena and Newport Beach. Later, he moved to Edna Valley and founded the Chamisal Vineyard and Winery, planting the vineyard in 1972 with the dream of creating a California Montrachet.  He had two more children with his second wife, Allyn Wallace and Thomas.

Jean remarried Paul Hubert Crowell (1904-1976) in 1961.

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