William Marcus Johnson

12 Mar 1892 - 21 Sep 1966

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William Marcus Johnson

12 Mar 1892 - 21 Sep 1966
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William Marcus Johnson was born to Marcus Vigfus Johnson and Gudridur Wulfsson of Iceland (although Marcus was born in Denmark since his mother, Margaret, was there attending nursing school at the time of his birth.) Both Marcus and his wife Gudridur were converted to the church and were baptized in

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William Marcus Johnson


Spanish Fork City Cemetery

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Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah
United States


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William Marcus Johnson was born to Marcus Vigfus Johnson and Gudridur Wulfsson of Iceland (although Marcus was born in Denmark since his mother, Margaret, was there attending nursing school at the time of his birth.) Both Marcus and his wife Gudridur were converted to the church and were baptized in 1886. The family immigrated to Utah in July 1886 and settled in Spanish Fork. Like other pioneers, life in Spanish Fork was hard. William Marcus was the sixth child and the second son. He was the first child to be born in the new house. In fact he was born the day the chimney was finished and the family for the first time enjoyed a new home rather than the old dug-out across the lot. William was born March 12, 1892, and from the beginning showed the promise of being the true heir of Marcus, his father. An heir to Marcus' sterling qualities of judgment, honesty, and strong principles. He was healthy and strong, and early in his life, left school to help the family by going to work. And thus his formal education ceased at the seventh grade. The philosophy of the old folks was that formal education beyond reading and writing was a luxury. And so the childhood of William Marcus is mostly known as a time of work and a preparation for work as a way of life. At a very early age he learned to cut hair and to shear sheep, a practice that was to be a financial savior for his family in later years. William was baptized a member of the church when he was nine years of age. He was always connected with the church and was worthy to ask for and be granted a recommend for the temple when he was 21 years of age. He was active in the church, carrying different assignments in the 4th ward of the Palmyra Stake. He was in the Superintendency of the MIA and sang in the ward choir for many years. After being ordained a high priest, William filled a stake mission for the church. He was a ward and home teacher all his life and assisted in the building of the new ward chapel. He was secretary of his High Priest Quorum up until he was incapacitated. William was never much of a sportsman, and thus never went hunting or fishing. One of the reasons he never went hunting was related to a shooting accident involving two of his boyhood chums, Gudney Olsen and David Butler. The three were out walking around with a 22 caliber rifle that William owned. Gudney had the gun and it accidentally discharged striking the Butler boy in the head. He almost died. This scared William so badly that he prayed earnestly for the boy's recovery. William took the gun and buried it in an irrigation ditch. The gun was discovered and was accidentally discharged by the finders and killed Thurbur. Later the same gun was accidentally fired blinding another boy in one eye. These incidents were never forgotten and left very marked impressions on William's mind that were to last all his life. William worked for Utah-Idaho Sugar Co. as a young man during the refining operations and sheared sheep at various points in the desert country of Utah. Such places as Fairfield, Montpelier, Green River, Verde, Mounds, were names of sheep processing points that William went to in the early spring of each year. One event that was to have a profound effect on the life of William Marcus was the building of a new canning factory on the diversion canal just south of Spanish Fork. A man, Nephi Edwin Hardy, was commissioned to manage a canning factory in Spanish Fork. He brought with him among his children, a daughter, Myrtle, whom William later courted and married in January 1914. (More of that story in Myrtle's history).

Life timeline of William Marcus Johnson

William Marcus Johnson was born on 12 Mar 1892
William Marcus Johnson was 14 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.
William Marcus Johnson was 25 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.
William Marcus Johnson was 37 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.
William Marcus Johnson was 39 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
William Marcus Johnson was 53 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
William Marcus Johnson was 66 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.
William Marcus Johnson died on 21 Sep 1966 at the age of 74
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