Willard Frank Killpack

1 Nov 1905 - 31 Dec 1982


Willard Frank Killpack

1 Nov 1905 - 31 Dec 1982
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Written by Gladys Killpack Peterson A Very Sad Experience In 1922, my baby sister, Erma, was born. She was such a beautiful little baby and the sister I had wanted so much for so long. How I loved her and loved to hold her. I was seven years and so blessed to have a sister at last. When Erma was thr
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Willard Frank Killpack


Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States


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Frankie, Lowell, Marjorie, Owen


June 15, 2011


June 15, 2011

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A Very Sad Experience

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

Written by Gladys Killpack Peterson A Very Sad Experience In 1922, my baby sister, Erma, was born. She was such a beautiful little baby and the sister I had wanted so much for so long. How I loved her and loved to hold her. I was seven years and so blessed to have a sister at last. When Erma was three months old, she died. The doctor said it was heart failure. We were all shattered but it seemed to me I was the one who was most deprived. I loved her so much. She was so pretty and seemed so intelligent and I needed a sister. It was summer time and it took time for burial preparations – clothes to be made, a casket to be made, a grave to be dug, etc. It must all be done as soon as possible because the little body would start to decay very soon. In order to prevent this, the body was kept packed with snow in jars set all around the little body. Daddy always covered a big snow back with straw so we had snow most of the summer each year. Usually one of the neighbor ladies stayed with us to help, but one day there was no one there but Mama and me and the bottles had to be refilled with snow. My dear Mother just could not bring herself to do it so she told me what to do. I was broken hearted, too, and to pack that dear little sister in snow was a terrible experience for me. She was lying on Mother’s dresser and covered with a sheet. I refilled the bottles with snow and placed them all around the little body while my tears ran in streams. She was so cold – I can never forget that experience and have never been able to touch a dead body since. I could not do my mother’s hair or kiss her goodbye before her casket was closed. It was an experience that truly left a scar.

Our Clothing

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

Written by Gladys Killpack Peterson Our Clothing Always inadequate, always hand me downs, or made overs. I’m sure it was harder on our folds than us kids because they wanted nice things for us and there was no way to get them. My underwear, panties, chemise, panty waists and petticoats were always made from flour sacks. But Mother always bleached the sacks and I never had to wear panties that said “Our Best” or that had a big sunflower on the seat as some of my friends did. In the winter, we all wore long john to the ankles and to the wrists. I wore long black stockings and it wasn’t easy to get that long underwear in the stockings without a big lump around the ankles. There were garters made from heavy elastic and made into sort of a harness affair I wore over my shoulders. These held the stockings up. I was hard on my garters – I hated saggy baggy stockings and really fastened them up tight. Underwear and panties both had trap doors in the back and there were a lot of buttons to undo when I was in a hurry. Mother would save up her egg money and send a few dollars to Grandma Perry in LaGrand, Oregon. She would visit the rummage sales put on by the various ladies organizations and buy everything she thought we would wear or make over. The shoes seldom fit but, we were glad to get them. The coat sleeves were big and baggy when the styles called for plain and straight ones or vice versa. Mother made over and did the best she could but I was too often embarrassed about my clothes. I am sure the boys felt the same or worse because they were older. I remember an ugly old gray coat that had come from a rummage sale, my mother wore and had no other for 16 years. My cousin Eva Killpack, sometimes gave me her outgrowns and since they were more affluent than we, there were usually some nice things and I was very glad to wear them. I don’t know any of us complained or whined about it because we knew it couldn’t be helped, but it gave us all a great big, oversized inferiority complex that was hard to live with and hard to live down.

Life timeline of Willard Frank Killpack

Willard Frank Killpack was born on 1 Nov 1905
Willard Frank Killpack was 9 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
Willard Frank Killpack was 15 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.
Willard Frank Killpack was 34 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.
Willard Frank Killpack was 39 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.
Willard Frank Killpack was 50 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Willard Frank Killpack was 59 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Willard Frank Killpack was 72 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.
Willard Frank Killpack died on 31 Dec 1982 at the age of 77
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