Entry for William Gilbert Sorensen Family in the book-"Miracle of the Desert" a history of the Thomas Ward and surrounding communities -1957. Section was written and contributed by daughters of William and Florence Sorensen.
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WILLIAM GILBERT SORENSEN
William Gilbert Sorensen was born October 17, 1885 at Hyrum, Cache County, Utah. He was the son of Ole Julius Sorensen, who was born December 25, 1854 at Odense, Fyen, Denmark and Hannah Christina Ockerman who was born November 27, 1859 at Sovestad, Sweden. William's parents were early pioneers of Cache County.
Ole Julius Sorensen left Denmark with his mother Bodell and his younger brother Charles. They boarded the Church Charted Sailing Ship "Kenilworth." It lifted anchor in the River Elbe at Hamburg, Germany May 25, 1866 with 684 Saints aboard among whom was Andrew Jensen, the late Church Historian. They arrived at Castle Gardens off Statten Island, New York July 17, 1866. They reached Wyoming, Nebraska July 29th where the teams sent to meet them by the Church had been waiting for them. The family joined the Peter Nebeker Ox Team Train leaving the Missouri River on August 4, 1866 and arriving at the old Tithing Yard in Salt Lake City, September 29, 1866. They lived first in Brigham City for a year then settled in Hyrum. Ole Julius was one of the original members of the Hyrum Martial Band and played with the same group when they became known as the Silver Grey Band.
William married Florence James a young school teacher from Paradise, Cache County, Utah, in the Logan Temple on December 12, 1906. Florence was born May 26, 1887 at Paradise, Utah a daughter of David Jenkins James and Fannie Thompson Webb. Her parents too were of early pioneer ancestry having crossed the plains in 1860 with Daniel Robinson Handcart Company.
William and Florence lived for a short time in Paradise, Hyrum and Salt Lake City and then later moved to Ucon, Idaho in 1910. From this place they moved to Thomas in 1912 and bought the home now owned by John Watson. They ran a dry farm. William served as a Ward Teacher, a member of the Choir and was very active in the theatrical company with Mrs. Lee (Mabel) Turpin, Manager. He has been well known for his sense of humor and little acts of kindness to those less fortunate. Florence served as as a Sunday School Teacher, Principal of the Religion Class Organization from 1913 until about 1919. She was a visiting teacher for the Relief Society for 40 years. In addition to this and the care of her large family Florence has won recognition for the magazine articles she has written. They left Thomas in 1919 moving to Blackfoot where they still reside. William worked for the U.S. Post Office for 26 years and owned and operated his own transfer company on the side. They are still active in the Church and are the parents of 14 children, 12 whom are living.
FANNIE LARUE SORENSEN: born October 20, 1907. Married Byron Elias Harvey Sr. July 24, 1930. Occupation, secretary, stenographer.
Byron Elias Harvey, Jr., born October 4, 1933.
Bruce Gilbert Harvey, born January 2, 1938.
HAROLD JAMES SORENSEN: born January 30, 1909. Married Myrtle Hall, June 7, 1930. Occupation: Carpet Man.
Helen Ann Sorensen, born September 9, 1932.
Carol Jean Sorensen, born September, 1939.
Ross Alan Sorensen, born March 30, 1944.
HANNAH MAE SORENSEN: born May 21, 1911. Married Harvey John Murdock, September 16, 1929. Occupation: Housewife, storekeeper.
Donna Mae Murdock, born December 28, 1933.
Jack William Murdock, born August 12, 1944.
Joe Blaine Murdock, born January 4, 1947.
Jill Marie Murdock, born October 31, 1950.
ELMO J. SORENSEN: born January 29, 1913. Married Florence Pedrotti March 13, 1936. Occupation: Apiarist.
Rodney J. Sorensen, born January 24, 1940.
Russell Dean Sorensen, born November 17, 1942.
Gail Ann Sorensen, born November 11, 1952.
Barry Sorensen, born April/March, 1955.
WILLIAM GILBERT SORENSEN JR: born December 4, 1914. Married Josephine LaFollete Clark August 16, 1942. Occupation: Service Station Operator. Armed Services, U.S. Army, Rank Sgt., Branch 138th Infantry. Served in United States for duration, Sept. 16, 1940 to Feb. 26, 1942.
Forrest William Sorensen, born March 8, 1946.
Lesley Faye Sorensen, born April 27, 1949.
LYLE SORENSEN: born November 6, 1916. Died November 7, 1916.
MERLE J. SORENSEN: born October 7, 1917. Married Paloona May Brown, October 10, 1944. Occupation: Boiler Maker. Armed Services, Army, Rank T/Sgt., Branch Co. B. 186th Infantry, 81st Division. Served in United States and Pacific. Duration, Sept. 16, 1940 to Nov. 18, 1945.
David Merle Sorensen, born April 5, 1946.
Randolph James Sorensen, born September 30, 1947.
Anna Lorraine Sorensen, born Augsust 12, 1953.
Peter Paul Sorensen, born April 1956.
ELNA SORENSEN: born February 14, 1920. Married Sidney Ford Call on February 18, 1942. Occupation Housewife.
Michael Ford Call, born May 12, 1945.
Claudia Ann Call, born June 4, 1949.
Paulette Jeane Call, born March 15, 1948. Died March 15, 1948.
Kathleen Gay Call, born May 15, 1951.
Christy Lynn Call, born April 5, 1954.
REED MELVIN SORENSEN: born August 7, 1922. Married Hulda Charlotte Svare, June 20, 1948. Armed Services, U.S. Army, Rank Sgt., Branch 138th Infantry. Served in United States for Duration September 16, 1940 to 1943. Occupation: Mortician.
GERALDINE ORAL SORENSEN: born April 21, 1924. Married Alma Leon Van Orden, June 17, 1943. Occupation Housewife.
Terry Leon, born March 3, 1947.
Christine Van Orden, born Sept. 29, 1948.
Deborah Van Orden, born April 24, 1953.
Yvonne born September 7, 1956.
MURRAY LEMOYNE SORENSEN: born August 20, 1925. Married Lona Mae Clegg September 4, 1946. Occupation: Bookeeper. Armed Services U.S. Army, Rank T/4. Branch Infantry, Served United States and Germany. Duration March 1944 to June 1946.
Murray James Sorensen, born Feb. 10, 1948.
Thomas Clegg Sorensen, born September 20, 1950.
Susan Sorensen, born March 29, 1954.
DUANE CLAIR SORENSEN: born March 13, 1927. Married Eleanor Hess, Sept. 30, 1950. Occupation: Store Manager. Armed Services: Merchant Marine, Rank: Stewards Mate 1st Class. Served Pacific Duration June 1944 to January 2, 1945. U.S. Navy, Rank: Bosum Mate. Served Pacific, Duration May 23, 1945 to August 2, 1946.
Linda Loraine Sorensen, born Jan. 8, 1948 (by previous marriage).
Lonna Sorensen, born Feb. 16, 1952.
Dewey Charles Sorensen, born July 7, 1955.
DONALD SORENSEN: born Feb. 22, 1929. Married Marilyn Badger, June 21, 1951. Occupation: Seminary Teacher. Mission: Mexico and Central America, June 30, 1948 to Dec. 1950.
Jeanette Sorensen, born August 25, 1952.
MONTY DEL SORENSEN: Born April 10, 1930. Died June 7, 1933.
-From the book "Miracle of the Desert" a history of the Thomas Ward and surrounding communities -1957. Section was written and contributed by daughters of William and Florence Sorensen.