Willard Call

  • Had two wives: Adelaide and Leah. Married Adelaide on April 1, 1886
  • Born on a big farm. Twentieth in Anson Call’s family.
  • Six years old: milked cows and chopped wood
  • Fourteen, drove hundred head of hogs into wheat fields.
  • Became a member of the second primary association organized in the church
  • Was a deacon, teacher, priest, elder, seventy, a high priest, and a bishop’s counselor in the East Bountiful Ward.
  • Attended the university, taught school.
  • “Partial to a book or the charm of a pretty girl” (Adelaide). Also liked horseback riding.
  • Met Adelaide when he taught school—she was a student.
  • Merchant for a living. Also was a city councilman in Bountiful, justice of the peace, and deputy sheriff in Davis County.
  • Councilor in bishopric, ward clerk, ward teacher
  • Claimed to be the first person to preach the gospel in the Philippines when he served in the military there during the Spanish-American War
  • 1893 went on a mission to England and traveled in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridge. Visited Scotland, and Ireland. Last seven months of mission president over Norwich conference and returned home July 26, 1895.
  • Assisted in organizing a company of Infantry in the National Guard. Made a Sergeant.
  • Said to his children about church: “Avoid the rear seats. You can sleep better on the front seats, there will be less to disturb you.”
  • Spring of 1898 volunteered to join Spanish-American war. Went to the first presidency for approval of joining war. President Woodruff gave him a blessing and said that Willard would be preserved in war. He had broken ribs as a child that never properly healed, but since the blessing from President Woodruff, they never bothered him again.
  • Arrived home from the war January 18, 1899, having been away for nine months, traveled 18,000 miles, and fought in six battles.
  • Moved down to Mexico. There, he met and married Leah.
  • Lived twelve happy years in Dublan, Mexico.
  • Was ward teacher, presidency of young men’s mutual, superintendent of Sunday school, member of stake board of the Sunday school, and stake high council
  • Worked at Union Mercantile Co. and then went into business for himself. Walked out on everything when they went back to United States.
  • Had to leave Mexico due to strife.
  • Willard developed cancer on his face.
  • Ordinance worker in Salt Lake Temple.
  • Had a policy of keeping out of debt
  • Went blind in his old age due to cateracts.
  • Always liked to wear a clean, starched white shirt so he was ready when someone would come.
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