George Staples

1 Jan 1856 - 1 Nov 1940

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George Staples

1 Jan 1856 - 1 Nov 1940
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WILLIAM STAPLES (From his own Biography) William Staples, a son of George and Laurette Rappleye Staples, was born in Rockville, Washington County, Utah, Dec. 25, 1866. His father George Staples was sent to Southern Utah to make peace with the Indians, because of his ability to appeal to the Indians.

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George Staples


Central Valley Cemetery

920-926 100 S
Monroe, Sevier, Utah
United States

Ted L Jensen

November 22, 2014

Ted L Jensen

November 21, 2014

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Biography of George STAPLES

Contributor: Ted L Jensen Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

WILLIAM STAPLES (From his own Biography) William Staples, a son of George and Laurette Rappleye Staples, was born in Rockville, Washington County, Utah, Dec. 25, 1866. His father George Staples was sent to Southern Utah to make peace with the Indians, because of his ability to appeal to the Indians. He believed as Brigham Young said, “That it is cheaper to feed the Indians than to fight them”. The Indians came often to the Staples home to be fed, and since George was born he had been a favorite with these Indian Braves. He had been held on their laps (which meant on their bare legs, much to the distress of George’s mother.) The George staples family decided to move from Rockville to Kanosh, when William was just six years old. The Indians gave him a bow with twelve brightly painted arrows as a going away present, this was considered by them as the finest present they could make for a little boy. The family only stayed in Kanosh a few years, then moved over the mountain to Sevier County where William got a job herding cows along the Sevier river. He was very fond of riding wild horses and rode one until he had trained it, but continually changed tame horses for wild ones, which continually worried his mother. While herding cows he learned to use a rifle, and could shoot the wild geese which few over the slews. He often watched Captain Ace Holley train his Cavalry of troops. One day William asked Captain Holly if he could join the troops and in a jocular way Captain Holly answered, “If you parents are willing you may”, and jokingly he added, “You are an expert with a horse and rifle”. William was only twelve years old. Thinking to discourage William, Captain Holly explained, “You see, Will, you have to furnish your own horse and rifle”, but William had his own horse and had spent his cow-herding money for a rifle. The father agreed to let William join, and Captain Holly let him train each day until school began in the fall. Strange to say, William was first in line when the orders were given, since he had the fastest horse, and was afraid of nothing. When Will was fifteen years old the family moved to Arizona. It was Will’s job to drive a herd of twenty-five wild horses, on a cut-off trail ahead of the family, then when he got to a certain camping place, come back and help his ten year old brother drive the cattle to that same camping ground, as they moved much more slowly than did the horses. While on the way to Arizona, Will caught up with a man driving wild horses through Clear Creek Canyon. The road was full of big rocks covered with ice and the man had lost control of his horses. Will soon rounded them up and had them in a corral in just a short time. The man was amazed at the skill of this fifteen-year old boy in handling his riding pony over those icy boulders. He said he expected the horse to fall any minute and kill the boy, while the boy was perfectly at ease during this difficult task. Will worried his mother terrible, because she knew he would try anything, especially if no one else dared to do it. They lived on a forty-acre farm and owned another farm of 160 acres. Will helped his father manage the farms. He also mowed hay by the acre for other farmers. After about five years in Arizona, the Staples family, along with many other families decided to move back to Utah. The Staples family moved to Elsinore in Sevier County. When they arrived in Clear Creek, on their way back to Utah, they stayed overnight with Louise, an older sister of Will, and here Will met Mary Ella Crane who was working for Louise. Mary Ellen and William staples were married Dec. 30, 1887. Will took a load of grain and flour to a mining camp and sold it. Came back and leased a farm and some cattle and began farming. On Nov. 10, 1888 a baby boy whom thy named William Ray was born to Will and Mary Ellen. In a short time Will and Mary Ellen moved to Kanosh where the rest of their children were born. Grant Devere, born Dec. 11, 1890; Owen Crane, born June 2, 1899; Harold A., born Sept. 16, 1902. Mary Ellen was made President of the Primary of Kanosh, then Stake President of the Millard Stake Primary. Later she served as President of the Relief Society, President of the Daughters of the Pioneers, and Chairman of the Red Cross. Will was set apart as President of the Young Men’s Mutual Association where he served for several years. He also became County Road Supervisor. In 1898, Will was called to serve a mission in the Southern States. Shortly after Will left for his mission, May Ellen gave birth to a baby boy, whom they named Owen Crane. When Will returned from his very successful mission, he was made Superintendent of the Sunday School. He was also elected a member of the Town Council, and served for eight years. While on the Council the town installed a new water system. They could not bond the town for as much as the water system cost, therefore the Councilmen signed notes to borrow enough money to finish installing the water system. He was also made Chairman of the Old Folks Committee, and later set apart as a Stake High Councilman. Will took many contracts to resurface State Roads and County Roads. In this way he made enough money to send his boys on missions. On April 24, 1943, Mary Ella, wife of William, was taken in death, leaving a loving and very sorrowful husband. William died October 21, 1952 and is buried in the Kanosh Cemetery beside his beloved wife. Biography obtained from the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Fillmore, Utah, Territorial Statehouse Museum.

Lorna Staples and Grandpa George Staples

Contributor: Ted L Jensen Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

Memory by Lorna Staples Nielson, granddaughter of George Staples and daughter of George Asa and Clarina (Clara) Marie Sorensen Staples: “Grandpa (George) Staples was the kindest, sweetest man you would ever know. Grandpa had been diagnosed with pernicious anemia and his health was not good. Grandpa was so weak that the family had a big boulder placed in the backyard for him and this was a special memory for me as Grandpa and I would share many afternoons and thoughts together there."

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George Staples was born on 1 Jan 1856
George Staples was 5 years old when American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. The American Civil War was a war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865. As a result of the long-standing controversy over slavery, war broke out in April 1861, when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, shortly after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated. The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States, who advocated for states' rights to expand slavery.
George Staples was 19 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
George Staples was 28 years old when Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies began in the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 1883, and peaked in the late morning of Monday, 27 August when over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera. Additional seismic activity was reported to have continued until February 1884, though reports of seismic activity after October 1883 were later dismissed by Rogier Verbeek's investigation into the eruption. The 1883 eruption was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history. At least 36,417 deaths are attributed to the eruption and the tsunamis it created. Significant additional effects were also felt around the world in the days and weeks after the volcano's eruption.
George Staples was 43 years old when Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the conflict. The Spanish–American War was fought between the United States and Spain in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba, leading to US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American acquisition of Spain's Pacific possessions led to its involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately in the Philippine–American War.
George Staples was 50 years old when Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
George Staples was 56 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
George Staples was 65 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.
George Staples was 84 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.
George Staples died on 1 Nov 1940 at the age of 84
Grave record for George Staples (1 Jan 1856 - 1 Nov 1940), BillionGraves Record 11643249 Monroe, Sevier, Utah, United States