Joseph William Alston

Brief Life History of Joseph William

When Joseph William Alston was born on 20 July 1889, in American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States, his father, Joseph Alston, Jr., was 27 and his mother, Louisa Grant, was 27. He married Beulah Mary Bacon on 20 June 1917, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He immigrated to Canada in 1900 and lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1920 and Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 1926. He died on 11 May 1972, in Magrath, Cardston County, Alberta, Canada, at the age of 82, and was buried in Magrath, Cardston County, Alberta, Canada.

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Family Time Line

Joseph William Alston
1889–1972
Norma Goddard Woolley
1892–1977
Marriage: 7 March 1924
Joseph Calvin Alston
1924–1989
Hope Woolley Alston
1926–2023
Orson Douglas Alston
1928–2017

Sources (25)

  • Joseph William Alston, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Joseph William Alston, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
  • Joseph William Alston, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

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.

1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.

1911 · The Salt Lake International Airport

The Salt Lake International Airport starts its history as a small airfield. 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 the local residents.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish:

from the Middle English personal name Alstan, which is a coalescence of several different Old English personal names: Æthelstān ‘noble stone’, Ælfstān ‘elf stone’, Ealdstān ‘old stone’, or Ealhstān ‘temple stone’.

habitational name from any of various places called Alston (in Cumbria, Lancashire, Devon, and Somerset) or Alstone (in Gloucestershire and Staffordshire). With the exception of Alston in Cumbria, which is formed with the Old Norse personal name Halfdan, these placenames all consist of an Old English personal name + Old English tūn ‘settlement’, for example Ælfsige in the case of Alstone in Gloucestershire.

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

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