George Virl Osmond (October 13, 1917 – November 6, 2007) was the patriarch of the singing Osmond family.
George Virl Osmond
October 13, 1917
Etna, Wyoming, U.S.
|Died||November 6, 2007 (aged 90)|
Provo, Utah, U.S.
|Other names||Father Osmond|
Olive May Davis
(m. 1944; her death in 2004)
|Children||Virl Osmond |
Osmond was born in Etna, Wyoming, the son of Agnes LaVerna (née Van Noy) and Rulon Osmond. Rulon died at age 24 on November 24, 1917, shortly after George was born. A devout Mormon, Osmond served two missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one in Hawaii and the other in the United Kingdom.
He worked in real estate, insurance and as a postmaster for the city of Ogden, Utah. He loved to sing and he taught his children to sing barbershop harmony. The children's natural talent received public notice, which led to frequent appearances at church functions and local civil events. he managed his sons careers, gaining an appearance at Disneyland in California. They caught the eye of Walt Disney, who took a personal interest in them. The boys auditioned for Andy Williams, whose show helped launch them into the national spotlight.
As his children's fortunes rose, Osmond put his career aside to focus on the family's musical interests. He moved the family to California to place them closer to the heart of the entertainment industry.
In 2004, his wife Olive died shortly before the couple's 60th anniversary. In addition to their children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, their legacy was the Osmond Foundation, which later became the Children's Miracle Network, the largest charitable organization of its kind serving children's hospitals around the world.
On November 6, 2007, George died at his home in Provo, Utah, of natural causes. Affectionately known as "Father Osmond" to Osmond fans all over the world, he was buried in the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo, Utah, beside his wife. Along with the nine children, he was survived by 55 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.
Osmond had nine children with his wife Olive:
Events from the year 1917 in the United States.Anson Vasco Call II
Anson Vasco Call II played a major role in founding Afton, Wyoming. He was one of six honored July 5, 2008, at the dedication of Afton's new Civic Center.
He was born in Willard, Utah Territory. During his early boyhood he worked in the fields gleaning wheat. In 1864 his father Anson Call was called to serve a mission in England by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and while returning home in 1867 he died at Rock Creek, Wyoming.
By the age of seventeen, Anson was enrolled in the University of Utah, graduating with the first class in 1875. Also attending was Alice Jeanette Farnham. They dated, and about four years later they were married in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 17, 1876.
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Anson arrived back in Utah in 1886 and found his family in good health, but the arresting of polygamists was still very common. Because of this he has to escape to Chesterfield, Idaho where he lived with his uncle Chester in hiding. Many of his relatives lived in and around Chesterfield, and Emily came to teach music to them. It was there that Anson heard about Star Valley, Wyoming and its seclusion and the friendly attitude the governor had towards polygamists. Anson, Alice and their children set out with Chester's brother, Bowen, to try pioneering in Star Valley. They hauled logs and built two cabins; a one-room cabin for Anson and a two-room cabin for Bowen. There were at that time about ten families living in similar cabins in the Afton town site. On November 16, 1887, Uncle Chester Call arrived with Bowen's wife, Theresa, and daughter, Theresa's mother Pamela Thompson, and Anson's wife Alice with her daughters Maud and Ella. They came in one light wagon with few supplies.
The cabin was small (14x16 feet) with a small cook stove, a wooden rocking chair, few cooking utensils, bedding, and dishes. Boards were nailed into the wall for a bunk bed. Winter supplies were piled in the corner, and the south end of the room was reserved for the carpenter's workbench and tools. Anson made a turning lathe entirely of native wood, powered by a foot treadle. He made furniture to trade for meat, milk, hay, and buckskin. Anson was offered a school teaching position for fifteen to twenty students but gave the job to Bowen who had no other means of employment.
Anson's brother Joe came with his families, and the following year they built the first framed buildings with shingle roofs. For several years Anson and Joe built many structures of importance in the valley. They were also partners in the first furniture store and machine company. Anson taught school in the winter and built buildings in the summer. In 1892 he designed and supervised the building of the Afton Ward chapel. That same year, the Star Valley Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized with George Osmond as president, William Walton Burton as first counsellor, and Anson Vasco Call II as second counsellor. In August 1904 the cornerstone was laid for a new tabernacle, and Anson served as architect and builder. The tabernacle was dedicated in August 1909. He also built and sold many homes in the area. He built one for his first family on the corner of Madison Street and 3rd Avenue, and he built a new home on Fifth Avenue for his fourth wife, Margaret Ann Hepworth.
On September 13, 1901 a mass meeting of Afton citizens was held to select a committee to incorporate the town. Anson Vasco Call II, William Henry Kennington, and Osborne Low were selected. Anson Vasco Call II was elected the first mayor and began serving in 1902. In all, he served nine terms as Mayor of Afton (1902, 1903, 1904, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1924, 1925, and 1927).
Anson personally supervised the installation of the first city water system in 1913. He served for many years as the Federal Land Bank Appraiser for Lincoln, Uinta, and Teton counties, and as the Government Weather Observer.
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