Short Family Tree

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Willard Lawrence  SHORT

Willard Lawrence SHORT

Male 1901 - 1976  (74 years)

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  • Name Willard Lawrence SHORT  [1, 2, 3
    Born 31 Aug 1901  Des Moines, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Mar 1976  Des Moines, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Buried 28 Mar 1976  Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Notes 


    • Willard Lawrence Short; what a character. In his younger days His uncle
      called him Willard, but he didn't like it, but his lit tle sister Hazel
      nicknamed him "skinny". That name stuck with him throughout his life. He
      was about 6' 1" and I never saw him with more than a 29" waist. I don't
      think he ever got over 130 lbs. He had curly red hair that he got from
      his mother and passed on to Jim and Barbara. Even thought he was a wisp
      of a man he had a heart as big as Texas. I never heard him raise his
      voice, and only once did I see him get mad, and that was at his neighbor
      for reporting him for parking his pickup in front of his home on Broad St.
      Lawrence was one of the hardest working men I ever knew, but he never
      acted like he was working. He was a truck driver all of his life and
      every driver in Iowa knew skinny. He was the fifth of six born to Elsie
      McCoon French and Hiram Harmon Short. He was born in Des Moines Iowa on
      August 31 1901. In my preteens I would help (grandpa) do odd jobs from
      time to time, and he would tell me stories about his early teens. Later I
      asked his two sons about the stories and they knew nothing about them. It
      was hard to take his stories as gospel because he was such a kidder! He
      might have also been trying to teach me lessons about life through his
      stories. One story was a young lady accused him of being the father of
      her unborn baby! That just happened to be about the time I had my first
      girlfriend! A warning!? His daughter Barbara told me stories of Lawrence
      and his two brothers racing their cars around the water works, and
      getting in minor trouble with the law when they lived on Tonka Ave. What
      I do know for sure is there never was a job too hard for him to tackle,
      and the fact that he loved his family and life in general. The home they
      lived in on Broad St he built on to one room at a time, and it had a 20'
      ravine along the side yard that the trolly use to run along. Over a
      period of 20 years he filled in the trench one shovel at a time! He told
      me stories that were verified by grandma that he used to walk to work
      along the trolley with his 22 rifle and a gunny sack. On the way home he
      would shoot a rabbit or catch stray chickens for supper. Even at 70 years
      old he was a very good shot!
    Person ID I0429  Short Family Tree - Donald 'Shorty' Short
    Last Modified 21 Nov 2008 

    Father Harmon Brittain SHORT,   b. 31 Aug 1866, Warren County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1943, Des Moines, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Elise Magoon FRENCH,   b. 14 Feb 1868, Mahaska County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1943, Des Moines, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1891  Marathon, Clarke County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F02  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nora Lorrane HIRSCH,   b. 21 Aug 1905, Des Moines, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1980, Des Moines, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 12 Feb 1926  Des Moines, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Donald Lee SHORT,   b. 13 Dec 1931, Des Moines, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1995, Des Moines, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Family ID F04  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Aug 1901 - Des Moines, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Feb 1926 - Des Moines, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Mar 1976 - Des Moines, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 28 Mar 1976 - Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02247] Short Andrew.FTW.
      Date of Import: Sep 9, 2001

    2. [S02253] Shorts Line.FTW.
      Date of Import: Mar 11, 2002

    3. [S02257] Brittain12GED.FTW.
      Date of Import: Dec 27, 2002