David and Dena Donaldson are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Gladys Maxine to Milo James Ross, son of Jack Ross and the late Ethel Ross. They were married in the Donaldson home on 8th Street in Ogden, Utah on 4 April 1942. (This post originally appeared in 2010 and is reposed due to Grandpa’s death)
Gladys is a 1940 graduate of Ogden High School.
Milo is a 1939 graduate of Weber High School. He is currently employed with American Packing and Provisioning Company as a supervisor in Ogden.
The couple will make their home in Plain City.
While short and sweet, there is much more of a story behind those words. Milo and Gladys met in 1940 when Gladys and her sisters rode their bikes all the way to a celebration in Plain City. Later they would meet at the Berthana, which included a dance hall on the second floor (built in Ogden about 1914). The Berthana later converted to a roller skating rink before closing in the 1970’s. The building is still there although I do not know what the use for the building is currently.
David Delos Donaldson and Berendena Van Leeuwen are Gladys’ parents. Read more of her parents at this link: Donaldson-Van Leeuwen Family. David was a plumber by trade who had lung problems from being gassed in the Argonne of France in World War I. He suffered from lung ailments the rest of his life. He mostly worked in the Ogden area but worked prior to marriage in Phoenix, Arizona and Twin Falls, Idaho. He also sought work in Boulder City, Nevada during the depression and as a steam and pipe fitter during World War II in Napa, California. Apparently during World War II he worked almost exclusively in submarines. You can read more of their marriage and family at the link above. She went by the name of Dena her entire life.
Dena grew up LDS and David did not. David’s parents were not active LDS and most of David’s siblings joined the LDS church between the ages of 10 and 22. David and one brother did not. Dena saw that all her children were raised LDS with little difficulty from David. Apparently smoking is what kept him from being baptized (he picked up smoking after being gassed because he said it soothed his lungs). When the time would come for Milo and Gladys to marry, they wished to be married in the temple. For whatever reason, the Bishop determined that he was not going to allow them to be sealed without David being a member. I do not know which Bishop, but I have a suspicion it was Gladys’ Bishop and that he knew the Donaldson family. He probably hoped to bring errant David around so his daughter could get married. The plan backfired. It would not have worked anyhow because David was pretty set on Gladys marrying a wealthy man and would not have minded if the wedding had not gone through. Milo said they wanted to get married and were not interested in waiting around for a Bishop to figure out what he was doing. A week before they were actually married, they decided to elope. They packed up and drove to Evanston, Wyoming on snow covered roads. They arrived and decided they better do it proper with family around. They enjoyed a meal and drove back to Ogden on a very snowy set of roads. Leading them to get married in the Donaldson home the next week or so. It would take them another 34 years before they finally made it to the temple to get sealed. Perhaps the Bishop was inspired.
They married in April and World War II was in full swing. They rented a place in Ogden for a few weeks until moving to Plain City and rented there (on 4700?) until they built a home after the war. Milo and a group of buddies then went off to Fort Douglas to enlist in October 1942 rather than wait until they were drafted. They anticipated at least a few more days or weeks in Utah before being shipped off. However, Milo was put on a train that same day to Camp Lewis in Washington. He spent the next two to four months there, he cannot remember for sure. Gladys would move to Camp Lewis to be with him through basic training. By this point the two knew they were expecting a baby.
Milo shipped out for Needles, California to Camp Ibis. Due to his experience with building, he was one of the men asked to lay out some of the buildings for the latrines and then helped in starting the construction of those buildings. Their division stayed there a few months before heading off to San Francisco from which he was put on a boat and headed to Hawaii. He landed in Hawaii on the 4th of July 1943 with the loudspeaker welcoming the men to Hawaii and announcing the birth of a son to Sergeant Ross. I have written of that baby at this link: Baby Milo Ross.
Gladys would live with her parents in Ogden until Milo returned from the rigors of war. Her parents moved from their address on 8th Street down to Washington Boulevard during this time.
Milo worked for American Packing and Provisioning Company some in high school and on afterward until he went into the service. American Pack would be sold to Swift & Company in 1949. This packing plant would remain in use until the 1970’s when it was closed.
I have written previously about Milo’s loss of his mother in 1925 and her family keeping him from having contact with his father, John William Ross. Here is the link: Ross-Sharp Wedding. He was raised by his Uncle Edward William Sharp in Plain City.
Anyhow, the family would go on to have 2 more children in 1946 and 1948. Milo received a homestead in Washington State in the late 1940’s, early 1950’s, but I do not know more about it. The homestead is believed to have been abandoned because of medical needs of Judy and the family returned to a newly built home in Plain City around 1948 or 1949. The family then built the current home at 2532 N. 4100 W. in 1955 and have resided there since.