|Birth: ||Feb. 5, 1896|
|Death: ||Nov. 30, 1957|
My great-great-uncle, known as Walden. His bio from "George Williams: A Pocatello Pioneer," by Emmons N. Williams, is as follows:
Walden was the 4th son & 5th child born to George & Elizabeth Jones Williams at Pocatello on February 5, 1896. When he was still a tiny baby, his mother was accidentally drowned in the Portneuf River. The grandparents, Jude & Julia Williams, took the baby into their home after the mother's death & reared him as their own.
At the age of 13 Walden left home & found work on a ranch for a few months. When he returned to Pocatello, he worked in his father's store for a number of years. His older sister Laura, who was also employed in the business, became a close companion during those years.
Walden & Laura were often invited in MIA (Mutual Improvement Association) activities in the old [Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints] 2nd Ward. They appeared in many entertainment events sponsored by the 2nd Ward Mutual. Walden met his future wife, Florence Hirschvogel, at this time. During their courtship they spent much time enjoying picnics, horseback riding, & other outdoor activities. They were married in 1914.
The 1st child born of this union was George Joseph. While he was still a baby, they moved to a homestead in Garden Creek Basin where they built an attractive log cabin in a beautiful aspen grove. The farming venture did not prove to be a profitable one because of the extremely low price of grain following World War I, & they sold the farm after proving up on the claim.
The little family returned to Pocatello where Walden was employed by the National Laundry for many years. Later he worked for Armour Creamery as a buttermaker, truck driver, & salesman. During the construction of the oil refinery in Pocatello, he was hired to work on its erection. He also worked on other building projects in Pocatello as a construction worker. Following World War II, Walden left Pocatello to work in his son Carl's hardware store in Aberdeen, ID.
Walden was a competent automobile mechanic & carpenter. He built the family home on South 11th himself. All of his employers rated him as a dependable & efficient worker. He was an excellent salesman & devoted worker for his employer, always willing to go the extra mile to please the customer. He had a good reputation for honesty & always tried to make sure that he was worth more to his employer than his paycheck indicated.
The children born to Walden & Florence were George, Carl, Howard, & a baby girl named Florence May who died when only a day old.
Walden passed away while staying with Carl's family in Rupert on November 30, 1957. His wife Florence preceded him in death in 1942.
George Williams (1863 - 1945)
Elizabeth Jones Williams (1863 - 1896)
Florence Elizabeth Hirschvogel Williams (1896 - 1942)
Carl John Williams (1921 - 2009)*
Florence May Williams (1924 - 1924)*
Note: Known by his middle name
Mountain View Cemetery
Maintained by: Collins Crapo
Originally Created by: David M. Habben
Record added: Nov 29, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8137582
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