Blair Watson Archibald

Brief Life History of Blair Watson

When Blair Watson Archibald was born on 28 August 1919, in Salem, Madison, Idaho, United States, his father, David Watson Archibald, was 30 and his mother, Lillie Isabell Stallings, was 27. He married Verle Marie Felt on 21 August 1941, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He immigrated to World in 1941 and lived in World in 1940 and Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States in 1998. He registered for military service in 1945. He died on 26 November 2008, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Orem, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Blair Watson Archibald
Verle Marie Felt
Marriage: 21 August 1941
Alan Felt Archibald
Ann Marie Archibald
Douglas Felt Archibald

Sources (59)

  • Blair W Archibald, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Blair W Archibald, "Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920"
  • Blair Watson Archibald, "Idaho, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

World Events (8)


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.

1944 · The G.I Bill

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from a personal name, Archibald, of Anglo-Norman French and (ultimately) ancient Germanic origin (see Archambault ). In the Highlands of Scotland it was taken as an Anglicized equivalent of the Gaelic personal name Gille Easbaig ‘servant of the bishop’ (see Gillespie ), probably because of the approximate phonetic similarity between Arch(i)bald and easbaig. Both Archibald and Gillespie are personal names much favored among Clan Campbell.

History: This is the name of a leading Nova Scotia family, taken there by four brothers who emigrated from Londonderry, northern Ireland, in 1750–62.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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