Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr

9 Dec 1871 - 24 Aug 1958

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Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr

9 Dec 1871 - 24 Aug 1958
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Grave site information of Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr (9 Dec 1871 - 24 Aug 1958) at Alton Cemetery in Kanab, Kane, Utah, United States from BillionGraves

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Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr


Alton Cemetery

Unnamed Rd
Kanab, Kane, Utah
United States


April 30, 2013


April 28, 2013

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Little Dicky, Part 1

Contributor: Judiwh Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

Stories from the early childhood of Richard LaMont Wilson as related by his sister, Alice Wilson Clegg and recorded by his daughter, Mary Elva Wilson Yang. I've told my kids stories about my dad as I knew him: a silly gentle giant of a father. But I want to share stories from his childhood, so I called my Aunt Alice last night. Alice's earliest memory of Richard was meeting him when he came home from the hospital. Alice was almost three years old when Dicky was born. He came premature and had to stay in the hospital longer than usual because he had difficulty breathing. He received a name and blessing from his father at the hospital. They named him Richard LaMont after A. LaMont Nielson, bishop of their Rosecrest Ward. His mother Elva sat on the edge of her bed holding the new baby. He was wrapped up in layers of blankets when toddler Alice approached. Elva peeled back some of the layers like she was unwrapping a present for Alice. At the first look, Alice remembers feeling total love for her little brother and declared, "Ohhhh, he's mine!" Elva liked to remind Alice in later years when there was an argument between the two siblings, "Well, he's yours, Alice." The Wilson family lived at 2401 East 3000 South in Salt Lake City, up on the east bench of the Wasatch Mountains. They bought the house in 1949, and at the time of Dicky's birth, it was still a one bedroom, one bathroom house. There was an unfinished basement where big sister Arlene slept when she was home, and a "doghouse" where the older brothers slept despite it having no furnace. The doghouse was a large shed as big as the house itself, but an entirely separate structure. It was only six steps outside the back door. Besides acting as the boys' bedroom, Grandpa used the doghouse for storage. Alice and Dicky shared their parents' bedroom. Alice slept in a little crib and Dicky slept in a bassinet at the foot of Grandma's bed. The year after Dick's birth, the family added an extension to the west of the house. Alice remembers pounding nails into the stairway as a three or four year old. The addition was a split level three steps down and a had another stairway up to a second story. The addition had three more bedrooms, a bathroom, and an office for Dick's father Jim, with it's own entrance. But Alice and Dicky's favorite part of the addition was a big hallway closet where they spent hours playing together. It was about 5 feet wide and 6 feet deep and built behind the stairs, so they had to shimmy up to the top shelf and stoop under the sloped ceiling. But it was their own clubhouse. Likely no one else in the family was small enough to climb into the space. Another favorite spot for the two youngest Wilsons was the landing on the stairs up to the second story bedrooms. A large window was cut into one wall, and on the other wall, Elva hung the elaborate posters she made for Relief Society lessons. One poster was a beautiful rose with petals. Another was a huge blue poster with cursive lettering written in glue and glitter. Everyday, Alice and Richard came downstairs from their bedrooms, these glittery cursive words greeted them: "Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up." Alice couldn't help but memorize these words taken from 1 Corinthians. They definitely had an effect on young minds. Alice and Dicky played with cars, games and dolls on the landing. Clean clothes landed there too, when Grandma gave them laundry to put away and they didn't take it all the way up to their bedrooms. The kids played outside year-round. Before Jim built the duplexes, their property was one acre at the top of a dead-end street. The previous owners had been landscape architects and the yard reflected that. Mature trees and large shrubs surrounded the home. A row of lilacs separated their property from the adjacent grade school. When Dicky was younger than five years old, Grandpa Donalvin Roundy, Elva's father, stayed with their family for several weeks. Elva's sister Vilate had been caring for Donalvin who had dementia, but she needed a reprieve at one point, so he went to the Wilson's home. His dementia affected his mind so that he behaved like a little child. Elva let her father out in the chain-link fenced yard and wired the gate shut, but Grandpa Roundy would try to climb the fence. Elva would say, "Dad, come back from there." "Well, I have to get my cows," he called back. Grandpa was always trying to round up his cows. Sometimes he'd come back when Elva reasoned with him. "Now, Donalvin, we can't go there. It's not our property. The neighbors aren't home and we don't want to trespass." He respected others enough that this argument usually convinced him to come down from the fence, but sometimes Elva would enlist Dicky's help. "Go bring Grandpa back on the lawn, Dicky." At which request, the little boy would happily consent. "Grandpa, whatcha doin?" "I'm rounding up my cows." "Oh, let me help!" And Dicky would proceed to hoop and holler at the imaginary cows with all the energy of a little boy, "Haw, haw! Get over here!" running around the yard until the job was done. Maybe he thought it was a great game herding cattle, but he also saved Grandpa Roundy from getting caught up in the bushes. Elva told this story herself many times and the memory made her laugh every time.

Life timeline of Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr

Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr was born on 9 Dec 1871
Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr was 13 years old when Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, the narrator of two other Twain novels and a friend of Tom Sawyer. It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr was 20 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.
Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr was 37 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr was 45 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr was 49 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.
Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr was 59 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.
Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr was 73 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.
Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr died on 24 Aug 1958 at the age of 86
Grave record for Byron Donalvin Roundy Jr (9 Dec 1871 - 24 Aug 1958), BillionGraves Record 3725336 Kanab, Kane, Utah, United States