William Smith Franson

3 Feb 1895 - 28 Jul 1972

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William Smith Franson

3 Feb 1895 - 28 Jul 1972
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On December 13th, 1916, my parents, James A. and Sarah Lydia Maxwell, took their family of seven children and drove to Park City with a sleigh and team of horses. As Dad drove to the Kimball Livery Stable to leave his horses and sleigh for two days, John Franson was there with his outfit also. We we

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William Smith Franson


Oakley Cemetery

823-837 N Bench Rd
Oakley, Summit, Utah
United States


June 7, 2012


June 5, 2012

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The First Time I Had Ever Seen My Husband, William Smith Franson

Contributor: MDSIMS Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

On December 13th, 1916, my parents, James A. and Sarah Lydia Maxwell, took their family of seven children and drove to Park City with a sleigh and team of horses. As Dad drove to the Kimball Livery Stable to leave his horses and sleigh for two days, John Franson was there with his outfit also. We went to the train depot, and there was Zilphia Franson and their whole family. They too were going on the train to Salt Lake to go to the temple the next day. We all stayed at the Wilson Hotel. On December 14th, my father and mother went through the temple and took out their own endowments. Then all seven of us children were sealed to our parents. Grandma and Grandpa Franson had taken out their own endowments February 19, 1915, so they had come to the temple to have their eight children sealed to them. Elef, Annie, and Minnie had already been married in the temple. William and Pearl were old enough so they had to get their endowments that day. I remember very vividly we older children helping with the younger ones. We were all in a long hall where they hung up their coats, etc. It was just outside the main temple door. We all went back to the Wilson Hotel, and after eating in the lunch room at the hotel, we older children went to a picture show at the Pantages Theater. This was a real treat in those days, and I sat by Bill. That was the first time I ever knew there was a Bill Franson. Grandma always called him “Will,” never “Bill.” When Bill and I went to Salt Lake to get married, Grandpa John Franson let us take his car, the Saxton. The day we came home, June 16, 1921, the high water was over the Peoa Lane Road, and the car stopped in the middle of the water, and Bill had to climb out on top of the hood and crank it. Those were the days to remember. Grandma Zilphia gave us a lovely home wedding at their home. That was the first time I knew what a good cook she was. I had never seen so much lovely food. They always treated me as a daughter. She was a large, kind-hearted woman, and she worked very hard all her life. Grandpa John was small in stature, but no one ever had a bigger heart, and he earned all they had by the sweat of his brow. He let us have the George Kinsey home, and Grandpa supervised the moving of it from the New Field to Oakley. They pulled it down with teams. He helped all the time until it was ready to live in. Bill couldn’t be there because he drove team and worked every day for the Brooklawn Creamery. Once Grandpa accepted a responsibility, his word was as good as gold. He was very dependable—a kind, mild-spoken, thrifty man.

Grandma's Byeword was "Poor"

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Bill and I lived up at the ranch at the mouth of Weber Canyon all summer of 1924. He helped them put up the hay. I’ll never forget how patient and kind they both were with me and Max, who was just past two years old. No matter how tired Grandpa was, he would take Max on his knee and sing an old Swedish song to him (Rear, rear rewkin, besa bessa bloukin, etc.) I was expecting our second, so on August 19, 1924, Grandma brought Max and me home in the little buggy pulled by old “Mirt,” the horse. She stayed longer than Granpa though she should have, so he rode a horse down to see if we were all right. Many, many times he’d ride down and check on us while Bill was away in the daytime, to see if everything was OK. He’d bring us milk, butter, and eggs as we needed them. My memories of them both is one of deep, loving respect.

Life timeline of William Smith Franson

William Smith Franson was born on 3 Feb 1895
William Smith Franson was 9 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
William Smith Franson was 19 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.
William Smith Franson was 35 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
William Smith Franson was 36 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 Smith Franson was 51 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. 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.
William Smith Franson was 63 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 Smith Franson was 69 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
William Smith Franson died on 28 Jul 1972 at the age of 77
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