Joseph Arthur Potter

1920–1999 (Age 79)
Lava Hot Springs, Bannock, Idaho, United States

The Life of Joseph Arthur

When Joseph Arthur Potter was born on 1 March 1920, in Lava Hot Springs, Bannock, Idaho, United States, his father, John Willard Potter, was 40 and his mother, Martha Lucinda Allen, was 33. He married Donna Jean Watson on 23 May 1938, in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States. He died on 16 July 1999, in Longview, Cowlitz, Washington, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Cathlamet, Wahkiakum, Washington, United States.

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Joseph Arthur Potter
Donna Jean Watson
Marriage: 23 May 1938

Spouse & Children

23 May 1938
Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 20

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

Age 21

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and North German (Pötter): occupational name for a maker of drinking and storage vessels, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Low German pot. In the Middle Ages the term covered workers in metal as well as earthenware and clay.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • J Arthur Potter in household of John W Potter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Joseph Arthur Potter in entry for Charles Devere Potter, "Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013"
  • Joseph Arthur Potter, "Idaho, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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