Walter Dyson Worth

Male 1916 - 2000  (84 years)


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  • Name Walter Dyson Worth 
    Born 28 Jul 1916  Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Salesman 
    Died 5 Aug 2000  Durango, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 11 Aug 2000  Prescott, Arizona (IOOF Cemetery) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I847  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2020 

    Family Barbara Irene Woods,   b. 22 Nov 1921, Los Angeles, California (Lincoln Hospital) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 2005, Valencia, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 22 Sep 1946  Oneonta Congregational Church, South Pasadena, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Irene "Betsy" Worth,   b. 24 Aug 1950, Pasadena, California (Huntington Memorial Hosp.) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 2005, Chester, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F465  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Walter was born in Canada and spent his first seven years there. His family was fond of Marmalade (being good Britishers) and they frequently purchased it on bread in in town. Whenever Blanche and Walter wanted to be taken to Knox's store, a
      toy store in Peterborough, and have their mother buy them a toy, they would cry, "Mommer laid in bed in Knox's store!" She would start laughing and have to take them in.
      When his family moved to California in July of 1923, they eventually settled in a house on El Molino Drive in San Marino. (He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1942. ) Walter traveled to England and Sweden when he was 10 years old and
      visited many of his relatives there. Mary Whitehouse, one of his Garlick relatives, remembers being amused when she met him that Walter insisted that he was not American but British. Jack Garlick remembers taking Walter and Billy to a movie
      when they were there. Walter had gone down the aisle of the theater to buy some ice cream from a girl who was selling it. Another girl came up to the rest of the party and they all shouted, "Walter!! Come back. There's a girl here with some."
      Everyone turned to look.
      On a camping trip to the beach (Camp Kirk, Del Mar) he and his friends came across some gunpowder that had been dumped overboard by a passing Norwegian whaling vessel (which used it for harpoon guns.) The counselors at the camp put out a shoe
      box lid and told the kids to put some of their gunpowder into it. They made a paper wick and lit it and it went "Poof!" The kids all clustered around to put more in but didn't notice the box lid was smoldering. They got the lid quite full when
      it suddenly flashed. One kid died of his burns in the hospital. Walter was there for three weeks. Agda found one little coal of gunpowder in Walter's pants and had someone bury it out in an empty lot nearby - she was so scared.
      Walter served as a radar technician during World War II in the Pacific (Hawaii and Guam). He was discharged as a Staff Sergeant in October 1945. After the war he married Barbara Woods. They had known each other as children growing up. They
      lived for a few months with Barbara's parents, then briefly in Alhambra, and later in South Pasadena. They moved to Glendale in 1954 where they lived until their retirement in 1981, when they moved to Prescott, Arizona.
      In early years, Walter worked for Mefford Chemicals, working with dyes. Later he was a salesman for Ames Harris Nevelle and Longview Fibre.

  • Sources 
    1. [S799] Birth Certificates and discharge papers and marriage license of Walter Dyson Worth and Barbara Woods. Birth Certificates of Stephen Woods Worth, Don D, (EF#82, SN#98, 26 Apr 1977).