Wilford Woodruff Whitaker

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Wilford Woodruff Whitaker

Wilford Woodruff Whitaker received a mission call to the Northwestern States Mission. His mission president was Melvin J. Ballard, soon to be called to the Quorum of the Twelve.
Wilford and Dora Boyce were married in July of 1919, after which they moved to Croydon, a small town in northeastern Utah that was close to the town of Morgan. A little over a year later, their daughter Marné was born, the first of nine children.
The family moved often as Wilford went from job to job, a common pattern during the depression for families who did not own a farm. After working for two years in the Magna Smelters, he became dissatisfied with the work and moved back to Kanosh. In 1927 Wilford tried to go into the soft drink business. When that was unsuccessful, he rented a 325-acre cattle ranch in Lamoille, Nevada, and the family left Utah. When the lease on the ranch ran out in 1932, the family moved to Elko, but jobs were hard to find.
Wilford decided to leave Nevada and asked his former mission president, Elder Melvin J. Ballard, where they should settle. His advice was to go to the Pacific Northwest. They packed everything they owned into a large truck, including their piano, and headed north. There were seven children ages three to seventeen. They stopped in Springfield, Oregon, but when they realized the land they hoped to farm flooded almost every year, they continued until they finally settled in town of Wapato in the Yakima Valley, Washington in 1938.
During the war period, Wilford worked in the ship-yards at Bremerton, WA as a riveter. They stayed in Washington until the early 60's when they returned to Utah.



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  • Created by: L Despain
  • Added: 28 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39971988
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wilford Woodruff Whitaker (4 Sep 1897–1 Sep 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39971988, citing Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery, Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by L Despain (contributor 46999228) .