Elbert Arnold Hubbard, Sr.
June 5, 1914 ~ August 18, 2014
Elbert Arnold Hubbard, Sr., son of pioneer Manson Doctor, I. G. Hubbard, died peacefully at Regency Manor, Chelan, on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 11:30 p.m. Born to Isaac George and Edna Morris Hubbard on June 5, 1914, in Ohlman, IL, he celebrated his 100th birthday this June at the Manson Boat Club, surrounded by family and friends.
Elbert first arrived in Manson in the summer of 1918, with his brother, Wes and parents, who had purchased an apple orchard in the newly developed town. For three summers, they traveled from Illinois by train to visit and explore, until finally moving permanently in 1928. He started first grade in Manson school, then continued his education in Ohlman and Nokomis, IL. After making the move in 1928, he attended and graduated from Manson High School in 1932. For most of his working career, he raised apples. He built and operated a packing shed with partner, Don Petersen (Hubbard & Petersen’s), which was later sold and is known today as Manson Growers. One winter during WWII, Elbert worked at the Holden Mine. He also spent several memorable summers in the early 1960’s as the Ranger at Lucerne and treasured the time working in the mountains, building trails and greeting tourists at the Lucerne Dock. Elbert married Aliene McKnight on August 15, 1934, and they raised five children, Elbert, Sandra, Gary, Duane and Jon. They were later divorced.
In 1947, he purchased a mining claim of 20 acres on Lightning Creek, about two miles north of Lucerne on Lake Chelan. Over the years, he made improvements to the cabin, including a power generating plant using water from the stream, indoor plumbing, and hot and cold running water. Visitors there have all the “comforts of home” in a remote wilderness cabin. In October, 1970, Elbert married Frances Lane. Together, they managed an apple orchard on Wapato Lake until retiring in 1977, when they built a home on Willow Point, surrounding it with gardens and beautiful flowers. In the winters, they motorhomed to California to visit her family. They spent many summers upgrading and enjoying the Lightning Creek cabin. “Hub’s” hobbies included first Ham Radio, then e-mailing on his computer. He was a fierce competitor at dominoes, chess and croquet, showing no mercy to his young grandkid adversaries. He loved his dog, “Sassie”, and his semi-wild cats.
Elbert was preceded in death by brother, Wesley; parents, I.G. and Edna Hubbard; wife, Frances; and grandson, Jeff McClellan. He is survived by his children, Elbert (Hannah) Hubbard, Jr., Sandra McClellan, Duane, Gary and Jon Hubbard, and step-daughter, Linda (Jim) McKenzie; 14 grandchildren, Jerry and Jim (Donnitia) McClellan, Cindy (Jack) Deatherage, Rod Hubbard, Kim (Bob) Loomis, Lori, Brad (Janet), and Tara Hubbard, Camille Chriest, Todd (Kim) and Kevin (Jacquie) Hubbard, Michelle Watson, Wendy Hubbard and Jennifer (Moker) Motley, and step grandchildren, Melanie Pulliam, Lori Giotta and Melissa Lane; niece, Charlotte (Bob) Rehpohl; and nephew, George (Wilvir) Hubbard; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
All the family would like to express immense appreciation to Jon Hubbard and Nina Buhl, who’ve been his loving caregivers and made it possible for Hub to live in his own home for as long as possible. Thanks also to the very professional and caring staff of Regency Manor, who treated him with dignity and kindness in his final days.
At his request, there will be no formal services. The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and condolences for the family at www.prechtrose.com. Services are entrusted to Precht Rose Chapel, Chelan, WA.