William L. Ransom
William Leon Ransom made his appearance into this world on the
18th of December in the year 19??
at the Beck Hospital in Blackfoot, Idaho. He was the 8th
child and 3rd boy child of William Austin Ransom and Emma
Laura Hill Ransom. My next older sibling was 3 days shy of being 9 years
old when I was born. I came to learn that I was the family toy. I grew
up like an only child with brothers and sisters. But I wasn't spoiled.
Not even a little bit.
I do not remember much about the early years of my life. I do
remember living in a small house and the boy friend of one of my older
sisters coming to our house and tormenting me endlessly.
I do not remember personally, but only through the stories of
my parents about the rides to church in an open wagon. In the
winter when the Idaho snow fell, my dad would take off the wheels
and attach runners, making the wagon into a sleigh. I do remember
an old automobile of my youth, although I cannot remember riding in
it. I imagine it was a great day when the family could ride inside
out of the weather.
I spent most of my childhood in and around the Aberdeen, Idaho
area. That area included Springfield Idaho, Aberdeen Idaho, and
Sterling Idaho. When I was about 12 years old my dad got ill and
had to be nearer to medical aid, so the family (consisting of my
parents and I) moved to Pocatello. My next older sibling
(sister) was already living and working in Pocatello, so she moved
in with the family. Off and on my next older sibling (brother)
would stay with us in between jobs. He was an itinerant worker,
and worked everywhere from California to New Mexico.
I graduated from Pocatello High School in the year of
At the time it was the only high school in Pocatello. I was a member
the concert band and the marching band through all my high school years.
I played the clarinet in junior high, moved to the bass clarinet in
my high school concert band, and marched with the baritone sax. We had
a lot of fun. We had a wonderful band leader, a Mr. Ralph Kennard, and
with him in the lead we took a lot of music awards, including being
invited to most of the college homecoming parades in the area, the
Portland Oregon Rose Parade, and, the year after I graduated, the
US Presidential Inaugural Parade.
Pocatello is in the Southeast corner of Idaho, right on the edge
of potatoe (not a misspelling) country. During the summers of my
high school years, I was able to supplement our family income by
working on some potatoe farms or other farms and ranches in the area.
My brothers-in-law also were mostly farmers, and they appreciated the
extra family member to help them during planting and harvest times.
After graduating high school, I worked for a couple of years in
Idaho and Northern Utah, mostly in road construction, but at times
with the UPRR to
save some money for my goal, to serve a mission for our
church. I was
very excited when I got the call to serve my church in
spelling). I spent 2 and a half years in that beautiful country
living and interacting with some of the most wonderful people that
God has allowed to inhabit this earth.
When I returned, I went to work in Pocatello for a
doing basically whatever had to be done to keep the plant running. It was the
fertilizer division of the company. At that time, I also started
college part time at
Idaho State University. After a year of ISU, I enrolled at
University, majoring in Advertsing/Public Relations with a minor
in psychology. After a couple of years, the money ran out, and I
dropped out of school for a couple of years to earn some more.
Student loans were fairly new and I didn't realize the potential of
I moved that summer to Las Vegas where I went to work for one of
the major TV stations as assistant film director. Shortly after
starting there, I had a chance to go to work for Western Airlines.
I thought that would be great, since they promised me some travel
benefits. After a year away from college, I was able to transfer
to Salt Lake City with Western Airlines and went to BYU for another
year. Then it was back to Las Vegas with the company. I did not
realize what it was at the time, but something kept drawing me
back to Las Vegas.
At the end of the year I realized what it was drawing me back. I
was to meet at a church dance the one who would be my eternal
companion. We dated for about a year and a half, then I had enough
money to once again return to BYU. I transferred once again with
Western Airlines to Salt Lake City to continue my college career.
But, due to some program changes, I changed my major from Advertising
to Portuguese. I already had a fair number of credits from speaking
the language of Brasil, and had tested out of some classes.
I found that I was not happy living 400 miles from my sweetheart,
so on every occasion possible, I went back to Las Vegas to visit. We
decided, on one of these visits, that we really needed to be a family,
so we were wed on the 17th of December, exactly two years
after the day we met.
My narative continues as a family on the
family information page.