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 George Stanley “Stan” Williams

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George Stanley “Stan” Williams

  • Birth 2 Jan 1892 Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho, USA
  • Death 19 Jun 1969 McCammon, Bannock County, Idaho, USA
  • Burial McCammon, Bannock County, Idaho, USA
  • Memorial ID 10985308

My great-great-uncle. His bio from "George Williams: A Pocatello Pioneer," by Emmons N. Williams, is as follows:

When Stan was born in 1892, Pocatello was a frontier settlement with all the traditions of the Old West. The site for the development of a permanent town was surveyed with the present plan of streets & building lots just 4 years before his birth. As Stan grew up in the pioneer town, he heard many tall tales from colorful characters who knew the harsh, raw West firsthand. He witnessed the growth of Pocatello from a haphazard collection of flimsy wooden structures in a barren sage-covered valley to the modern community it became. The older members of the Williams family experienced events which for most people occurred only in adventure stories. Stan became an excellent storyteller about exciting happenings in the history of the Pocatello area.

While still a boy he worked in his father's grocery store & later was hired by other local grocery firms. For a number of years he was employed by the Zweigart Brothers in the meat-processing business. During his late teens Stan went to work for Truman Rowe of McCammon where he gained experience in grain & livestock farming. When old enough to qualify for homestead land, he located a claim of 160 acres near the headwaters of Garden Creek. He filed on this land in 1915 & "proved up" on his homestead in 1919.

This land & other tracts he later acquired in the area were farmed by him for more than 20 years. For about 7 years he leased or farmed his land part-time while working for ZCMI Wholesale Grocery as a warehouseman & foreman in Pocatello & Idaho Falls.

Stan & Ila Alice Norton were married on Aug 19, 1926. Theirs was a long & happy union. Both loved outdoor activity & spent many happy vacations on tours around the West & in Alaska. Love of the land & the deep satisfaction they found in rural living attracted the couple back to the farm.

Their home was always a warm & attractive place for relatives & friends to visit. Not being blessed with children of their own, they "borrowed" youngsters who later had fond memories of staying with Aunt Ila & Uncle Stan. Younger members of the Williams family remember times they spent at "the ranch." Here they learned many lessons about wholesome living without preaching or pressure.

Wherever Stan resided he had many friends. He loved & understood people without regard to social rank or financial standing. For some years he worked part-time for the Idaho State Fish & Game Department in wildlife protection & development. He respected & enjoyed being around the creatures which inhabited the unspoiled lands of the mountains & valleys where he spent so much of his life.

Stan passed away in 1969. His grave in McCammon lies in the shadow of the hills which meant so much to him in mortal life.



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  • Created by: Collins Crapo
  • Added: 17 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10985308
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Stanley “Stan” Williams (2 Jan 1892–19 Jun 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10985308, citing Norton Cemetery, McCammon, Bannock County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Collins Crapo (contributor 669) .