Valton E Mortenson

31 Dec 1894 - 29 Apr 1957

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Valton E Mortenson

31 Dec 1894 - 29 Apr 1957
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Marriage of Francis and Ila Mortenson, as recounted by Francis in 1979. I did not get married until September 15, 1932. I had planned to go home and get [Ila] earlier, but my professor, Dr. Espe, had me practice going through his abstracts. [Francis was attending the university at Ames, Iowa, where
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Valton E Mortenson


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West 700 North Street
Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah
United States

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May 19, 2013


May 11, 2013

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Marriage of Francis and Ila Mortenson

Colaborador: ctodd Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Marriage of Francis and Ila Mortenson, as recounted by Francis in 1979. I did not get married until September 15, 1932. I had planned to go home and get [Ila] earlier, but my professor, Dr. Espe, had me practice going through his abstracts. [Francis was attending the university at Ames, Iowa, where he received a Ph.D. in dairy science.] He had about four inches of abstracts about everything related to our subject. He spent a whole day coaching me. He was preparing me for the final examination. We had preliminary examinations, then the oral examinations before a committee of about six or seven. After the preliminary, the Examining Committee told us what we had to do to round us out for graduation. I passed my preliminaries, but Dr. Espe said, "Francis, you're not ready." He knew I had told my girl I was coming home. He said, "Well, if it will help you any, I will withdraw from the Examining Committee. Then you can take the exam as scheduled." I said, "Dr. Espe, if I can't have your support, I don't want to graduate." I stayed and graduated, and also won the girl. The year before, a bank examiner offered Ila a job during the summer in an insolvent bank in Nephi [Utah.] She had gone to Nephi occasionally, to take in the dances. The next summer, after I had been to Ames nearly three years, I proposed to her in Nephi. She said, "Yes." (It seemed like I proposed to Ila every night of the ten days that I was home.) The day before we were to get married, she changed her mind and sent me a wire asking to wait a while. I thought that [would be] at least a year! The last evening [before I left to go back to Iowa] she called me on the phone and asked me when I was going back to Ames. I said, "Tomorrow morning." She said, "For sure?" I said, 'No if's, and's or but's. I have to leave for Ames tomorrow." She said, "You had better come and get me." So I borrowed Valton's car, drove to Nephi that night, got her, and drove back to Mt. Pleasant. We stayed at my sister, Delma's, house that night. We were sitting on the couch, half asleep, both of us. When morning came, Ila had to get a temple recommend from her bishop and the stake president. We went to Fairview and were just in time to catch the bishop on his way out to milk his cows. He gave Ila her recommend, and then we had to go to Mount Pleasant to see the Stake President. As we drove into Mount Pleasant, we nearly ran over him. He signed the recommend on the fender of the car. In the meantime, I callled my brother, Valton, who worked in the courthouse. He and my cousin, Ernel Mortenson, who was one of the officials, arranged all the book work for a marriage license. We arrived at the Manti temple about fifteen minutes before it opened at 9 a.m. Ila's mother and dad and my mother went to the temple with us. By noon, we were married and back in Ephraim. After the ceremony was over, my brother told me that the inner tube was out of the tire and looked like a basketball on the outside. I said that if the tire [had] exploded, we might never have been married. While we were being married, Francis' sisters cooked us a lovely dinner. After dinner, Ila's mother and dad went back to Fairview and that night we stayed at the Temple Square Hotel in Salt Lake City. We left for Iowa from there. Nobody could afford wedding receptions because of the depression. Most people had a Trousseau Tea. My old neighbors, and Rulon's wife, Elda, sat up all night making a quilt so that I could take it with me. I took that up to Ila's for a shower that she was having. We have shared everything in my life except that. I told her that it was my quilt.

Life timeline of Valton E Mortenson

Valton E Mortenson was born on 31 Dec 1894
Valton E Mortenson was 9 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
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Valton E Mortenson was 20 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
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Valton E Mortenson was 35 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
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Valton E Mortenson was 45 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
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Valton E Mortenson was 49 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
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Valton E Mortenson died on 29 Apr 1957 at the age of 62
Grave record for Valton E Mortenson (31 Dec 1894 - 29 Apr 1957), BillionGraves Record 3920835 Ephraim, Sanpete, Utah, United States