Edward Coe Minthorne, 98, of Payson, died March 10, 2004. He was born July 11, 1905 in Newark, N.J., where he resided most of his life.
He moved to Payson in 2001, to be near his daughter, Gloria M. Schott, and was a resident of Powell House.
He was a member of the Old Guard of Caldwell, N.J. and Roseland Historical Society. He attended schools in Newark, N.J. and was a 1921 graduate of Newark Boys Vocational School. He joined the U.S. Merchant Marine in 1924, sailed as 1st Mate aboard the SS Chalore from N.Y. Harbor to Chile through the Panama Canal. He received commendation for excellent performance in his line of duty.
From 1925-1927, he was employed by various companies as a photostat operator and lithographer. He was also employed as an aerial photographer at Old Heller Field, Newark's first airfield run by the U.S. Mail. From 1927 to 1973 when he retired, he was appointed as the official photographer for the City of Newark, N.J.
He was summoned to record special occasions such as the visits to Newark of various dignitaries including the final 1937 visit to Newark Airport by Amelia Earhart, the aviatrix who vanished mysteriously that year.
Mr. Minthorne also was assigned to the Department of Public Safety, Police Division. During WWII, he was official photographer for City of Newark Defense Council. Many of his photographs are on display on the walls of Newark Airport. The city donated 12,000 photographic negatives spanning 50 years to the Newark Public Library, one of the state's largest photographic collections. It is appropriately named the Edward C. Minthorne Collection.
He is survived by his daughter, Gloria M. Schott of Payson; three grandchildren, Ginny Nagy of San Diego, Calif., Peggy Larson of Payson and David Schott of Wilson Boro, Pa.; five great-grandchildren, Erica King, Michael Nagy, Angela Nagy, Andrea Nagy and Kaitlin Schott; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter R. Minthorne; mother, Matilda Francisco Minthorne; two brothers, Walter and Ralph; his wife, Esther Goslau Minthorne; and his son-in-law, Allan C. Schott.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home Chapel, 302 W. Aero Drive.
Mr. Minthorne will be interned at a later date at East Ridgelawn Cemetery, Delawanna, N.J.
Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier St., Payson, AZ 85541.