August Sansom Wilcken

27 Nov 1886 - 14 Apr 1973


August Sansom Wilcken

27 Nov 1886 - 14 Apr 1973
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August Sansom Wilcken


Pioneer Memorial Cemetery

320 N 100 E
American Fork, Utah, Utah
United States


June 19, 2013


June 19, 2013

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Contributor: DeeDee Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Both August and Mary were familiar with hardships and difficult life. August's father died three months before he was born and was raised by a single mother who taught school while he was “farmed out” to relatives. He had a close relationship with cousins, however. Mary's family emigrated from the United Kingdom before she was born, and was raised in Salt Lake City with eleven other siblings. Even so, their life was blessed with happiness and fulfillment amid their trials. They were married on June 1st 1910. The delicate balance of life and death was a constant reminder of the purpose of life. August and Mary Lucille (Lu) had four children. Thomas Henry was born in 1911, Patten in 1913, Mary in 1919, and Lucille in 1920. Lu's father died just two years after Tom was born and her mother died three years after Patten was born. Mary, their daughter, died at a year old, on her sister, Lucille's birth-day. So caught up in the birth of her daughter, Lu never quite got over the loss of Mary; August took care of all arrangements for her burial while she recuperated from delivery. August's mother passed away just four years later. It may have been these family births and losses that quietly nudged this family towards the temple. On May 23rd, 1929, August, Mary Lucille, and their three children were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. Death no longer carried the bitter sting of loss, as they became a forever family. August was a talented and hardworking man. He loved to build anything for his family and others. While he was never secure enough in his talent to work for profit, he built houses, cupboards, tables, desks, and other wood items. Years later, whenever he visited his daughter, Lucille, he would always make any repairs she needed fixed. Professionally, he dug ditches, worked for a contractor, and was hired at Hill field as a carpenter and packer there. He would walk to State Street from home every day where someone would pick him up to go to work. When the depression came, life became more difficult, especially as food was harder to come by. Once, he went hunting with his cousin's husband, and they brought home rabbits to eat. They put them in the tub to clean, which spread tularemia bacteria and they all got rabbit fever. As with many, there was no work to be had. Even so, he always had a garden, they never lacked for food, but it was a struggle. Later, August worked on the LDS Church Granary, still located on the north side of the Salt Lake Valley. At their home, Lu and August both cared for a prolific yard. They had six or seven apple trees, one specifically that was very good- August had grafted two types of apples into one tree. August also had a shop built behind the house, where he would work on his “Shopsmith.” Even in the winter, when the small garage was heated by a “Heatilator” coal stove. His Grandsons remember the shop, and the house where they spent many Saturday mornings. Lu was active in primary and served in many positions, she especially loved working with the “Trail Blazers” (the 10 and 11 year old boys). August did not go to church on Sunday. He got aggravated when they would call for volunteers. He would see many offer to attend, but only a few would actually keep their commitment. Although he stopped attending church for a time, he always went to the service projects and appointments. He built on ward chapels, worked service farms assignments, and served wherever he was asked or saw need. August and Lu both sang in the choir, with August singing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a time. After Mary passed away, August attended church faithfully every week. His only sister, Anna died five years before August on April 13, 1973. Although there is not much in the way of writing from either August or Lu, they left a legacy of hard work, dedication, forgiveness, determination, and love. Information gathered from personal interviews and emails from Lucille Snelgrove, Jay Barr Snelgrove, and R. Lee Snelgrove.

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August Sansom Wilcken was born on 27 Nov 1886
August Sansom Wilcken was 5 years old when Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
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August Sansom Wilcken was 17 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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August Sansom Wilcken was 28 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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August Sansom Wilcken was 34 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
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August Sansom Wilcken was 44 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
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August Sansom Wilcken was 55 years old when World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, intending to neutralize the United States Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
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August Sansom Wilcken was 71 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
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August Sansom Wilcken was 78 years old when Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War. The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting amphibious operations with the United States Navy. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
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August Sansom Wilcken died on 14 Apr 1973 at the age of 86
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