Paul Alger

Male 1924 - 1991  (67 years)


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  • Name Paul Alger  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Born 25 Feb 1924  Enterprise, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 6 Apr 1924 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Mar 1991  Clarkston, Asotin Co., Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Paul died at the Tri-State Memorial Hospital.
    Buried 13 Mar 1991  Clarkston, Asotin Co., Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2  Alger
    Last Modified 28 May 2019 

    Father John Zera Alger, Jr.,   b. 30 Aug 1880, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1959, Saint George, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Mary Malinda Hall,   b. 8 Apr 1884, Thurber ( now Bicknell), Piute Co., (now Wayne Co.), Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1964, Enterprise, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1900  Enterprise, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margean Waters,   b. 24 Apr 1923, Rigby, Jefferson Co., Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 2001, Uniontown, Whitman Co., Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 11 May 1943  Norman, Cleveland Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
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    Last Modified 17 May 2016 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      (The following is from the Obituary of Paul Alger - The Lewiston Tribune - 11 Mar 1991 - copy stored in Alger e-files - Alger, Allison)

      ?i?Paul Alger, 67, Owner of Vagabond Trailer park

      Posted: Monday, March 11, 1991 12:00 am

      Paul Alger, a mechanic, trailer park owner and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Clarkston, died of pneumonia Saturday at Tri-State Memorial Hospital. He was 67.

      Alger moved to Clarkston in 1971. He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic, and in the early 1980s taught small engine repair at Lewis-Clrak State College. Alger owned Vagabond Trailer Park at Clarkston.

      He was born Feb. 25, 1924, at Enterprise, Utah, to John Z. Alger Jr. and Mary Malinda Hall Alger. He was raised at Enterprise and was a high school basketball star there. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was stationed in Hawaii where he worked as an aircraft mechanic.

      Three years later, Alger was honorably discharged. He worked as an airplane mechanic at Hill Airforce Base in Utah until 1965. He also worked on Dworshak Dam and on the Alaska Pipeline.

      Alger was an accomplished welder, who did wroght iron work as well as built furniture.

      He was a high priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a past president of Sunday School. He was a past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and belonged to the Lewis-Clarkston Valley chapter of the operating engineers' union.

      Alger was an avid golfer, enjoyed singing and playing the guitar, and loved to read.

      On May 11, 1943, he married Margean Waters at Norman, Okla. She survives him at the family home at Clarkston.

      Other survivors include four sons, James Allen of Standardsville, Va., Dennis Wayne of Kent, Wash., Paul Dale of Kennewick, Wash., and Russell David of Tacoma, Wash.; two daughters, Jeanne Renee Jensen of Uniontown, and LuJane Herbert of Palouse; four sisters, Madge Hunt and Gwen Thomas of Enterprise, Utah, Jane Lamb of Alamo, Nev., and Faye Gleason of Logan, Utah; and 22 grandchildren. Thirteen brothers and sisters died previously.

      The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mormon Church at Clarkston. Bishop Pat Edvalson will officiate, and burial will follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.

      The family suggests memorials go to the Missionary Fund of the Clarkston Mormon Church.

      Merchant Funeral Home at Clarkston is handling the arrangements.?/i?
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      ?i?Paul was raised in Enterprise, Utah. When he was about 9 years old, he began working with his father as janitor of the school. He attended Enterprise High School where he played on the basketball team. When World War II broke out, Paul joined the Navy and served as an aircraft mechanic. After his discharge, he worked as an auto mechanic in Cedar City and St. George, Utah and in Las Vegas, Nevada. At one point he started his own auto repar garage in Enterprise. When his business failed, he moved with his family to Salt Lake City and then to Clinton, Utah. He worked for several years at Hill Air Force Base near Ogden, Utah.

      Paul was a man of many talents and a keen wit. He played the guitar and could sing ballad after ballad and never miss a word. It seemed that there was nothing he couldn't do in the building or mechanics fields. Plumbing, carpentry, electrical work, welding, and auto repair all seemed to come easy to him. He had a creative mind and invented several useful and work saving gadgets. He enjoyed reading western novels especially Zane Gray. He loved hunting and fishing and in later life he became quite a good golfer.

      Paul didn't care for too much "civilization", so when he got the chance, he moved the family to the wilds of Orofino, Idaho where he and his cousins, Doris and Carlos Mangum, bought a tract of land on the side of a mountain near the construction site of a new dam. He worked at the dam as a mechanic for heavy machinery. One summer he went to Alaska and worked on the Alaska oil pipeline.

      After Doris was paralysed in a traffic accident and Carlos killed himself, the family sold their property in Orofino and moved to Clarkston, Washington. There they bought a home and a mobil home park.

      Paul was a heavy smoker during his life and it finally destroyed his lungs. He quit smoking several years before he died, but the damage had been done. He finally had to breathe pure oxygen all the time. He passed away when he caught a light case of pneumonia.

      ?/i?(Bio written by James Allen Alger - 16 Nov 2009)
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      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: alger@alum.mit.edu

  • Sources 
    1. [S124] Family of Adam, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (https://familysearch.org/ : copyright 2008), accessed 8 Nov 2009), KWCN-12X (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S98] Alger e-files - Alger, Paul Dale, Paul Dale Alger, E-mail from Paul Dale Alger - Jun 2012 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1349] Find A Grave - http://www.findagrave.com/, Enterprise, Utah Cemetery (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S175] Alger e-files - Alger, James Allen, James Allen Alger, Bio of Paul Alger - Nov 2009 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S1492] Alger e-files - Alger, Paul, Paul Alger, Birth certificate for Paul Alger - b. 1924 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S1494] Alger e-files - Waters, Margean, Margean Waters, Marriage license for Paul Alger and Margean Waters (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S1323] U.S. Census, 1940 - Utah - Washington Co. - Region 27 - 3 - p 10 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S122] Alger e-files - Alger, Allison, Allison Alger, Obituary of Paul Alger (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S1349] Find A Grave - http://www.findagrave.com/, Veyo Cemetery, Veyo, Utah (Reliability: 3).


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