Oral John Preece Senior

10 Jun 1901 - 31 Mar 1981


Oral John Preece Senior

10 Jun 1901 - 31 Mar 1981
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My grandfather Oral John Preece was born June 10th 1901 in Inkom, Idaho. He weighed in at 13 pounds. He was born to Elvira (Ella) Elizabeth Hickman and John Isaac Preece, the second son, third child. The Preece farm /ranch in Inkom was not far from one of the Shoshone Indian Reservations. I remember
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Oral John Preece Senior

Married: 30 Mar 1919

Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States


June 26, 2011


June 21, 2011

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My grandpa-OJ Preece

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My grandfather Oral John Preece was born June 10th 1901 in Inkom, Idaho. He weighed in at 13 pounds. He was born to Elvira (Ella) Elizabeth Hickman and John Isaac Preece, the second son, third child. The Preece farm /ranch in Inkom was not far from one of the Shoshone Indian Reservations. I remember many stories of watching the Ghost Dances, or funeral dances that the Indians performed. He described the dances , the dress, the songs, drum beats, and how they buried their dead. He was friends with some of the Indian boys his age. Though his family lived in "Mormon" country, nevertheless it was still a bit of the old West as he told about gunslingers and other excitements. He claimed he was born on a horse-though I don't believe that, though he was an excellent rider. Ella Hickman Preece's father was a Railroad man from Chicago, who had changed his name to Sheldon, as he was a deserter from the Union Army during the Civil War. After her father's death, her mother with her young family moved to Idaho joining the Latter Day Saints and remarrying a man named Williams. OJ's father's family joined the Latter Day Saint's in England/Wales and journeyed to America. John Isaac's grandfather died crossing the plain's but his grandmother with her young family finished the journey ending up in southern Idaho. Peter Preece, OJ's grandfather Peter Preece was killed in the Black Hawk War in Southern Utah. OJ, as a fifteen year old boy joined the Army when the US went into World War I. His mother went and got him, showing that he was too young. He was tall and well built for his age. A year later, he enlisted again and was a mechanic in the Army Air Corp. He caught the Flu there, survived, but was sent home to recuperate. In 1919 at a dance in Pocatello, Idaho, he met Viola Pugmire. It was love at first sight! They eloped on a dare one week later on March 30th 1917. It lasted 62 years and eight children: Audrian Joanne, Edson Eugene, Oral Junior, Bobby Orlo, Teddy Delbert, Richard Keith, Ronald James and Gary Dean were born into that union. It was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple in 1933. Audrian died just days from her 14th birthday of pneumonia and Ronald James died as a baby. OJ started a road construction company-Preece Engineering- and educated himself as a construction engineer. Grandpa only had an 8th grade education, but loved roads and machinery and learned much in the Army Aircorp. They lived in Provo, Utah. They had jobs all over the Western US, particularly in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. They took care of both of their families in the Great Depression, being fairly prosperous. My dad loved those years, as they traveled allover, working hard, but playing hard too, and then back to school in Provo. The summer of 1941, the Provo bank foreclosed on the company and it closed. But Grandpa moved his family to Ogden, Utah where he then worked as a engineer on the Railroads. After World War II, where three of his served in the military: Ed, JR and Bob. Grandpa got on as a Construction Engineer for the newly formed Civil Service of the USA. He would work in Alaska, Saudi Arabia. He had some very interesting stories about Saudi Arabia and Islamic culture there. The family then moved to southern California. They lived in Guam, constructing roads, visiting Hawaii and Japan, more roads. Upon moving back, they were transferred to Fort Ore and lived in Carmel Valley. They were again called to work in Thailand, visiting Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and India, building roads. Returning to the US in 1966, he would retire and in 1972 would move back to Ogden. I loved OJ and Olies return to Ogden, where they were often at our family parties and get togethers. I grew very close to them at during this time. Grandpa would die of a heart attack one day after his 62nd wedding anniversary, March 31st 1981. Grandma called me and told me that Grandpa had fallen and was unresponsive. Rodney watched the children, as I called Mom at the hospital and Uncle Bob just in case he was home and went to their home. The ambulance had taken Grandpa and attendants were working on him and I took Grandma to the hospital, where Mom and Uncle Bob met us. Grandpa had not survived. He died with his boots on! Loved my Grandpa OJ!

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Oral John Preece Senior was born on 10 Jun 1901
Oral John Preece Senior was 11 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.
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Oral John Preece Senior was 28 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
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Oral John Preece Senior was 38 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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Oral John Preece Senior was 41 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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Oral John Preece Senior was 56 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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Oral John Preece Senior was 64 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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Oral John Preece Senior was 76 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
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Oral John Preece Senior died on 31 Mar 1981 at the age of 79
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