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Harry R. Truman

man killed when Mt. St. Helens erupted

Harold R. "Harry" Truman (October 30, 1896 – May 18, 1980) was an American small business owner. He was a resident of the U.S. state of Washington who resided on Mount St. Helens.

Harry R. Truman
Color picture; An elderly man holding a glass and wearing a hat stands in front of a wooden lodge
Truman near his lodge in April 1980
Harold R. Truman

(1896-10-30)October 30, 1896
DiedMay 18, 1980(1980-05-18) (aged 83)
Cause of deathKilled by volcano eruption pyroclastic flow
OccupationOwner and operator of Mount St. Helens Lodge
Spouse(s)Helen Irene Hughes (div.)
Marjorie Bennett (div.)
Edna O. Henrickson
Children1 daughter

He was the owner and caretaker of Mount St. Helens Lodge at Spirit Lake, at the foot of the mountain, he came to fame as a folk hero in the months following the volcano's 1980 eruption after he refused to leave his home despite evacuation orders.

Truman is thought to have been killed by a pyroclastic flow that overtook his lodge and buried the site under 150 ft (50 m) of volcanic debris.

Other websitesEdit

  • "Harry (Of Mount Saint Helens)" Recorded in 1982 by Penny Lew.