Vesper Carl Torkelson

17 July 1918–13 November 1994 (Age 76)
Bend, Deschutes, Oregon, United States

The Life of Vesper Carl

When Vesper Carl Torkelson was born on 17 July 1918, in Bend, Deschutes, Oregon, United States, his father, Bert Torkelson, was 37 and his mother, Mary Labitzki, was 22. He married Helen Louise Troxel on 8 October 1949, in Bend, Deschutes, Oregon, United States. He lived in Deschutes, Oregon, United States in 1920. He registered for military service in 1942. He died on 13 November 1994, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Pilot Butte Cemetery, Deschutes, Oregon, United States.

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Vesper Carl Torkelson
Helen Louise Troxel
Marriage: 8 October 1949

Spouse and Children

8 October 1949
Bend, Deschutes, Oregon, United States

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World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1923 · The Ellen Eccles Theatre

Age 5

The Ellen Eccles Theater was originally known as the Capitol Theater and was home to different vaudevilles and operas. The Theater later became solely used for community events and movies. In 1988, popular outcry from the public led to the city of Logan purchasing the theater and a not-for-profit organization was formed to renovate and operate it. Fire destroyed much of the theater's annex in 1990 during a restoration attempt by the city. However, the Theater reopened to a gala performance on January 8, 1993. It is used today for performances of the Utah Festival Opera Company along with the Cache Valley Civic Ballet, Music Theater West, Valley Dance Ensemble, Cache Theater Company, and several Utah State University performing groups.

Age 23

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Swedish and Norwegian (Torkelsen): patronymic from a form of the Old Norse personal name þorketill, composed of the elements þórr ( see Thor ) + ketill ‘cauldron’, ‘helmet’.

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

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Emil Henke

When Emil died, his Mother, Ernestine Henke Labiske, received a notice of his death sometime during WWII. Mary Labiske Torkelson (his half-sister) remembers this happening. Because he was in Germany, …

Sources (3)

  • Vasper C Torkelson in household of Bert Torkelson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Vester Torcklson in household of Bent Torcklson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Vesper C Torkelson in household of Bert Torkelson, "United States Census, 1940"

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