According the Lane county land records, J.M. CULBERTSON and wife Virginia bought the Hotel Griggs from M.F. GRIGGS on 23 February 1927. The 1928 Eugene city directory shows Jas. M. CULBERTSON and Virginia M. running the Griggs Hotel at the corner of 5th and Willamette. In the 1931 Eugene city directory they are running the Hotel Lane still at the corner of 5th and Willamette. In the 1933, 1934 and 1936 Eugene directories they run the Hotel Lane at 488 Willamette.
In the 1940 Eugene directory, the CULBERTSONs are not found, and the Hotel Lane is being run by Edwin J. YENNE.
The land records show that the CULBERTSONs sold the hotel to Edwin J. YENNE on 16 January 1941.
That building is no longer a hotel, but it still stands and is called the Lane Building. It is well preserved and considered historic. You can see a photo of it at:
James M. and Virginia M. CULBERTSON are first found in the Astoria city directories in the 1946 edition, when they live at 54 Bond (near the corner of 2nd) and Virginia is a saleswoman for Jerome's Women's Apparel. There are similar entries in the Astoria directories for 1948 and 1949-50.
In the 1953-54 Astoria directory they live at 5 Astor and Viginia still works for Jerome's.
They are not found in the Astoria directories for 1940, 1942, nor 1955.
They are not found in the Eugene city directory for 1954.
James M. and Virginia CULBERTSON are listed in the 1955, 1956 and 1958 Eugene city directories living at 1418 W. Broadway. Virginia CULBERTSON (the "widow of Jim") is listed in the 1959 & 1960 Eugene directories at the same address. She's not listed in the 1962 or 1963 Eugene directories.
James CULBERTSON died in Lane county on 30 September 1958. His obituary appeared in the Eugene Register-Guard on 30 September 1958, page 7B, column 5. I am sending you a scanned copy by private e-mail.
Virginia CULBERTSON died in Clatsop county on 27 February 1964. I don't find an obituary for her in either the Eugene Register-Guard or the Daily Astorian.
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