Bertie Donald Willes

1889–1970 (Age 81)
Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, United States

The Life of Bertie Donald

When Bertie Donald Willes was born on 12 November 1889, in Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, United States, his father, William Sydney Willes, was 31 and his mother, Mary Lorintha Clyde, was 27. He married Florence Sophia Wootton on 13 April 1910, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Silver City, Juab, Utah, United States in 1920 and Salt Lake City Ward 6, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1940. He died on 12 December 1970, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Heber City Cemetery, Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, United States.

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Bertie Donald Willes
Florence Sophia Wootton
Marriage: 13 April 1910
Florence Loraine Willes
Donald Weldon Willes
William Russell Willes
Madelyn Faye Willes

Spouse & Children

13 April 1910
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


Parents & Siblings



World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 1

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1896 · Utah becomes a state

Age 7

After three prior attempts to become a state, the United States Congress accepted Utah into the Union on one condition, that all forms of polygamy were to be banned. The territory agreed, and Utah became a state on January 4, 1896.
1911 · The Salt Lake Airport

Age 22

The site for the Salt Lake International Airport started as a desolate area of the Valley that was originally used to herd sheep. A cinder-covered landing strip was subsequently created for the Great International Aviation Carnival that was held later in that same year. It brought many pioneers of the aviation industry. Aviator Glenn H. Curtiss brought his newly invented Seaplane to the carnival and demonstrated it to the public by taking off from the Great Salt Lake. It slowly grew until Charles Lindbergh visited that area. After his visit, the airfield changed into a Municipal Airport and started being a hub for most flights from New York to California. After World War II, the airport turned into an international hub for most flights in the Mountain West. In recent history, it sees around 30 million travelers each year and continues to grow in popularity by travelers to and from Utah. It became a hub for Delta Air Lines after its merger with Western Airlines.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Wills .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • B Donald Willis, "United States Census, 1940"
  • B Donald Willes, "United States Census, 1920"
  • B Donald Willes, "United States Census, 1930"

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