William Douglas Ellison

27 Jul 1906 - 27 Jan 1978


William Douglas Ellison

27 Jul 1906 - 27 Jan 1978
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William Douglas (Dutch) Ellison is my maternal grandfather. I remember spending countless hours with him when I was a little girl. He took me fishing to Deer Creek Reservoir, taught me to appreciate beautiful yards, and how to win at '5 Card Draw' at the tender age of 5. My grandmother, Stella, was
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William Douglas Ellison

Married: 20 Jun 1929

Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States


June 26, 2011


June 21, 2011

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Memories of "Grandpa Dog"

Contributor: dvdmovieking Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

William Douglas (Dutch) Ellison is my maternal grandfather. I remember spending countless hours with him when I was a little girl. He took me fishing to Deer Creek Reservoir, taught me to appreciate beautiful yards, and how to win at "5 Card Draw" at the tender age of 5. My grandmother, Stella, was an excellent cook. When dinner was served she always put a hot pad at his place and put his plate in the oven. She then put the hot food on the hot plate and put it on the hot pad. His food was always, you guessed it, HOT! I sat to his immediate left every meal. I did not need napkins because I always wiped my greasy hands on the sleeve of his shirt. Poor Grandpa! Dutch was known to me as, "Grandpa Dog." I don't know why. He was a painter by trade and drove a bright red International pick up truck. I remember him going to work, coming home for lunch, and going back to work in the truck with the paint and ladders in the bed. He often came home to get me and then we would take his employee home. Years later I learned that "Sid" was not really going home, but was being taken back to the jail. He got out every day to go to work and had to report back in the evening! Grandpa did beautiful work as a painter. He painted homes and other buildings. Every few years he painted the inside of the Court House in Provo. It had beautiful ornate ceilings with gold leaf details. He always wanted to put soap in the fountain in front of the court house and make bubbles. We spent many evenings in the downstairs TV room watching Gunsmoke and Lawrence Welk. Grandpa would tell Grandma that we needed "refreshments." She would disappear upstairs and return with Coca Cola and Snickers bars cut up into little slices. Grandpa was a kind and gentle man, not too tall, and walked with a limp. I don't know why he had the limp. He had beautiful snow white hair that he combed back and always put a hat on when he got dressed up. He had many felt hats, some with beautiful hatbands and a feather in the band. His yard was immaculate. He cut a 2 inch border between the grass and the sidewalk with a curved knife. The flowers were amazing: roses, Lilies of the Valley, lilacs, and pansies grew in beautifully manicured beds. Visits to his home are now cherished memories. Jeannee Lasson Hunt

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William Douglas Ellison was born on 27 Jul 1906
William Douglas Ellison was 11 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.
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William Douglas Ellison was 14 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.
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William Douglas Ellison was 33 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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William Douglas Ellison was 39 years old when World War II: German forces in the west agree to an unconditional surrender. The German Instrument of Surrender ended World War II in Europe. The definitive text was signed in Karlshorst, Berlin, on the night of 8 May 1945 by representatives of the three armed services of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) and the Allied Expeditionary Force together with the Supreme High Command of the Red Army, with further French and US representatives signing as witnesses. The signing took place 9 May 1945 at 00:16 local time.
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William Douglas Ellison was 51 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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William Douglas Ellison was 63 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
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William Douglas Ellison died on 27 Jan 1978 at the age of 71
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