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Everett Sexton

Born in The Dalles, Oregon in 1914, Everett Sexton was the youngest of the three sons of Lowry and Priscilla Sexton. As a young man he attended the Elgin Watchmakers' College, married and moved to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho for work as a watchmaker in a shop that he later came to own. He raised two children in Coeur D'Alene. He was respected and well liked in the community for honesty and integrity in his personal and business life. He was an outstanding watchmaker of some reputation, and was known for his intelligence and sense of humor.

Everett Sexton passed away the morning of December 3rd, 2007. He leaves behind his daughter Carol, his wife of 70 years, Veda, and his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He was 93 this November.

 

Elgin Grade 315

Here's a few photo of what was a very popular watch in its time.

It's an Elgin 12 size, 15 jewel watch, made about 1925.




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