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Jack Blankenship and
Cloa Packard Blankenship

Pinepound Reflections - A History of
Spring Coulee and District page 220

Jack Blankenship worked around Spring Coulee during the second decade of the century. On Jan 20, 1914 he and Alvaro Beswick had a double wedding and married the Packard sisters, Cloa and Lois, respectively. Jack and Cloa had one child, Dorotha. Cloa died soon after and her family cared for the child until Jack returned to Spring Coulee from Vancouver with his new wife Marion. They lived for a short time on the farm 4 miles N.E. of Spring Coulee.

The next move was to East Glacier to run a restaurant. They had two children Ray and Cora. Their last move was to West Glacier where they built River Bend Cabins on the Flathead River. They also owned and operated the Vista Motel along the Highway just outside West Glacier. When Jack died Marion continued to operate the motel with the help of her son Ray for many years. She finally retired to Kalispell but died shortly after in about 1990.

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