John Holladay Bjarnason

Brief Life History of John Holladay

When John Holladay Bjarnason was born on 20 December 1919, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States, his father, Lofter Geslison Bjarnason, was 40 and his mother, Ida Florence Holladay, was 39. He married Grace Goodman on 17 April 1942, in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States. He immigrated to World in 1940 and lived in United States in 1949 and Hanford, Kings, California, United States in 1950. He registered for military service in 1941. He died on 15 April 1997, in Niceville, Okaloosa, Florida, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Turlock, Stanislaus, California, United States.

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John Holladay Bjarnason
Mary Rose Schlatter
Marriage: 17 July 1962

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  • John Holladay Bjarnsen in household of Lofter Bjarnsen, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Holladay Bjarnason - Individual or family possessions: birth: after 20 December 1919; Logan, Cache, Utah, United States
  • John H Bjarnason, "Arizona, County Marriages, 1871-1964"

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The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

1923 · President Harding visits Utah to get to know the people.

President Warren G. Harding's visited Utah as part of a broader tour of the western United States designed to bring him closer to the people and their conditions. After Speaking at Liberty Park, the president went to the Hotel Utah where he met with President Heber J. Grant and talked to him about the history of the church.


Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Contracted form of Old French Jo(h)anne, from Latin Io(h)anna ( see Joanna ). In England this was the usual feminine form of John from the Middle English period onwards and was extremely popular, but in the 16th and 17th centuries it steadily lost ground to Jane . It was strongly revived in the first part of the 20th century, partly under the influence of George Bernard Shaw's play St Joan ( 1923 ), based on the life of Joan of Arc ( 1412–31 ). Claiming to be guided by the voices of the saints, she persuaded the French dauphin to defy the occupying English forces and have himself crowned, and she led the French army that raised the siege of Orleans in 1429 . The following year she was captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English, and a year later she was burned at the stake for witchcraft at the age of 18 or 19. Her story has captured the imagination of many writers, and she is variously portrayed as a national and political hero, a model of apolitical straightforwardness and honesty, and a religious heroine. She was canonized in 1920 . More recent influences have included the American film actress Joan Crawford ( 1908–77 , born Lucille le Sueur ), the British actress Joan Collins ( b. 1933 ), the American comedienne Joan Rivers ( b. 1933 ), and the West Indian pop singer Joan Armatrading ( b. 1950 ).

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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My Life Story By John Holladay Bjarnason It was during a very cold blizzard in December that I chose to make …

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