Bennion Rhead Cannon

26 Jul 1919 - 16 Nov 1988

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Bennion Rhead Cannon

26 Jul 1919 - 16 Nov 1988
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For several years while working at Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Co., my father, Ben R. Cannon, reported to the plant manager, Claude Cardall. Claude, who was not a big man, had diabetes, which is not particularly unusual. But what was unusual was that he was subject to occasional diabetic hypoglyce
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Bennion Rhead Cannon

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Married: 8 Mar 1941
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Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States
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June 26, 2011
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Provo City Cemetery

January 1, 1970

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Contributor: trishkovach Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

For several years while working at Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Co., my father, Ben R. Cannon, reported to the plant manager, Claude Cardall. Claude, who was not a big man, had diabetes, which is not particularly unusual. But what was unusual was that he was subject to occasional diabetic hypoglycemia because he would habitually put off eating until it was too late. On occasion he would be in a meeting when he would begin to “go hypo”. When this happened it would quickly become apparent to everyone in the room that he was in trouble. On these occasions an effective treatment is to simply drink something sweet. But if he was unable to get something really fast, his condition would rapidly deteriorate, which could be threatening. On one such occasion my father was in a meeting with Claude when he began to show the symptoms of hypoglycemia. My father ran at full speed out of the meeting room and down the hall to a Coke machine. By the time he got there he realized he didn’t have a quarter to get a bottle out of the machine. But having anxiety for Claude he was desperate. The next thing he knew he was running back to the conference room with a bottle of Coke in his hands. When he told me the story he still didn’t know how he got a bottle out of the machine without a quarter. He said that after the excitement was all over, he went back to the machine to see what he had broken to get the bottle, but could see nothing wrong with it. Even with machines, dad usually got his way. Rex told me that one day as he visited dad in his office, dad opened one of his desk drawers and Rex noticed a 6-pack of Coke in the drawer. Rex asked about it, and dad explained Claude’s diabetes and his regular need for a sweet drink. Dad said that he decided he never wanted to be without a can of Coke in his desk. He told Rex that it was not unusual for Claude to need a fast can, so dad always kept at least 6 cans in his desk. As Claude would use cans, dad would go out and buy more 6-packs.

Ben R. Cannon's WW2 service

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Bennion Rhead Cannon served in the United States Army in WWII in the Battle of the Bulge. He spent weeks in a foxhole enduring the cold and misery required of the men of Patton's Third Army who were assigned there. This battle incurred the highest casualties of the entire war. Some of his time was spent at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas where his wife, Helen Peterson Cannon and daughter, Linda Cannon Aukschun were allowed to come live. Though he was living in the camp and she was living in a rented house in the town, they were at least together for a couple of years. Mrs. Cannon rented the house with other wives of servicemen's wives to keep down the costs.

Real Estate in the Cannon family

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

About 1956 my grandfather Ira B. Cannon visited my parents where they were building their new house in Provo at 2411 North 930 East. My father, Ben, and his father talked for an hour or two as they walked around the field and house. They both loved to walk and talk. There was a set of scales in the house, so they both weighed themselves and discovered that they both happened to be exactly the same height and weight: 205 lbs and 6 feet 1 inch tall. My father was 38 years old at the time. His father, Ira, was 67. That works out to be a body mass index of 27, which is now in the “overweight” range. My mother’s father, Edward Axel, was shorter, not as heavy, and would not be considered overweight, but I don’t know any details. Our parents, Ben and Helen, bought 2½ acres of land in Provo on which to build their house. Ira was doing well selling insurance for Beneficial Life Insurance Company, and had been investing in land for a few years. He bought 1½ acres adjoining the land of my parents on the south. In addition to their home/duplex on I Street and 12th Avenue in Salt Lake, which they had custom built, they owned a duplex across the street south of the state capital building in Salt Lake, which had been sold by the time Mary died. Ira also bought (without the knowledge of Mary, his wife) 3000 acres of land west of Camp Williams surrounding what is called Tickville Spring. After owning this land for a period of time Ira became convinced that the land was not worth the property taxes that he was paying on it and was embarrassed that he owned it, so he stopped paying the taxes and it was later sold off by the county in a tax sale. After the death of Ira in 1959 my father, Ben R. Cannon, learned of the property. He attempted to regain possession of it through legal action but was unsuccessful. That land is worth a small fortune today. At the death of my grandmother Mary in 1973, Ben inherited the land in Provo, and his sister, Marva, inherited the home on I Street. About 1917 after being married for 3 years, Ira and Mary moved to Altonah and eventually acquired 80 acres of land north and east of town that they used to raise feed for their sheep. About 1934 Ira began having heart problems. Real estate at that time was probably nearly worthless, so they were forced to abandon their land and their home and move to Salt Lake. It is believed that when they arrived in Salt Lake to begin a new life they owned almost nothing. It was the middle of the Great Depression, and Ira had no college education. He had no experience (other than raising sheep) that he could use to provide for his family. I assume they somehow managed to rent the home on Emerson Avenue. He would have been about 45 years old.

Burial Story

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Moses Kader was a Palestinian Arab that lived with his wife, Ashah, and children near where our parents, Ben and Helen Cannon, lived in Provo. He and his wife moved to the area many years before our family became acquainted with them in 1958, and operated a fruit farm that surrounded their modest brick home. He was born in 1894, making him 25 years older than my father. For many years my brother Brent was a good friend with Abe, one of their younger children. Although the children spoke good English, their parents spoke very little. But they were friendly – at least as friendly as they could be given the language and cultural barriers. During Muslim holidays, for example, they would frequently bring Arab food and treats to our family. Moses had a close relative that died and was buried in the Provo cemetery. Our parents attended the funeral service along with a few dozen relatives and other neighbors. I don’t know any of the circumstances surrounding the service except that Muslims consider it important to lay their dead on their right side in burial so that their face is directed towards Mecca. This is what Moses wanted. He wanted to turn the body in the casket from its current position resting on its back to its right side. So, at the conclusion of the graveside service, Moses indicated that he wanted all of the guests to step way from the burial site by a short distance. Then he asked my father to help him reopen the casket so that the two of them could turn the body onto its side. My father described the body as being very stiff, so after they turned the body, the arm and shoulder of the remains protruded far out of the casket, preventing the lid on the casket from closing. My father said that it was not just a minor obstruction. The lid was 5-6 inches from being able to close. So, with everyone watching from a distance, and with only limited communication between the two of them because of language differences, my father and Moses began trying to force the lid closed. For several minutes they tried to close it but it was not going to be easy. Eventually my father had to put all of his weight on the lid, almost jumping on it, to force it closed. He said he didn’t know how many bones were broken in the process, but in the end the remains were facing Mecca and the lid was closed. Despite wide religious and cultural differences, Moses trusted my father. Mark Cannon

Basic Training

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

When he was about 23 years old, my father, Ben R. Cannon, went through basic military training in Texas. He said conditions there were awful. He and the other soldiers in training could be described as just a big group of frightened, hostile strangers, sleeping in crowded military barracks on steel bunk beds. My father slept on the bottom bunk, and didn’t even know the man that slept on the bunk above him. One evening after the lights were out, he heard the man in the bunk above him mumble, “…the Mormon son of a bitch.” Assuming the man was referring to him, my father instantly jumped out of bed, pulled the man out of his bed and onto the floor, jumped on top of him, and started pounding on him without mercy, accompanied with plenty of yelling from both of them. The other men in the barracks managed to pull them apart, surely saving the man from a life changing beating. It turned out the man in the bunk was from Missouri. He didn’t even know what a Mormon was, nor did he realize that my father was, in fact, one of them. He had heard that expression back home 10,000 times before. Everyone said it. No one even thought about it, and he had no idea what it meant. And he certainly didn’t mean to offend anyone, particularly this wild man who was my father. My father was not very active in the church, but he was always quick to defend the good name of the church, it’s doctrines, and it’s leaders. Mark Cannon Sept. 17, 2013

The pronunciation of her name

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Her first name "Maria", was not pronounced in the traditional Spanish way but was always pronounced with the long "I". My grandfather was her son Ira and my dad was her grandson Bennion and they both attested to this. My niece, Mariah Rapier who is Maria's great-great-great granddaughter, is named for her. And in order to assure that her name was pronounced correctly, Mariah's parents altered the spelling of her name.

Life timeline of Bennion Rhead Cannon

1919
Bennion Rhead Cannon was born on 26 Jul 1919
Bennion Rhead Cannon was 1 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.
1920
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Bennion Rhead Cannon was 20 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. 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.
1939
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Bennion Rhead Cannon was 26 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
1945
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Bennion Rhead Cannon was 38 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.
1957
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Bennion Rhead Cannon was 44 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
1963
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Bennion Rhead Cannon was 54 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
1973
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Bennion Rhead Cannon died on 16 Nov 1988 at the age of 69
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