Bennett, Ralph B. (Ralph Blackhurst), 1920-2002

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Bennett, Ralph B. (Ralph Blackhurst), 1920-2002

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Ralph Blackhurst Bennett, Jr. was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1920. His family soon relocated to Hood River. He attended Harvard University. During World War II, he served in the American Field Service and drove ambulances, mostly in India. After the war, he briefly owned The Optimist newspaper in The Dalles, Oregon. He worked in public relations for the Bonneville Power Administration from 1946 to 1947. In 1947, he and Anna Lou McClain were married; they later had three children. The couple lived in Vanport during the 1948 flood. From 1948 to 1952, Bennett worked as a reporter for the Wenatchee Daily World in Ephrata, Washington. In 1952, he and his family moved to San Diego, California, where he continued to work as a journalist. He died in 2002.


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