North Ogden resident Walter Shaw Bailey celebrates 100 years
Saturday , June 02, 2012 - 8:56 AM
Walter Shaw Bailey of North Ogden celebrated his 100th birthday at an open house in North Ogden on June 2 .
Born June 3, 1912, in North Ogden to James Alma and Ellen Louise Shaw Bailey, he married Margaret Harding on Dec. 31, 1937, in Ogden. Their vows were later solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ogden Temple.
Born and raised in North Ogden, he moved his family to Burley, Idaho, in 1948, where he says that he spent some of the most memorable years of his life. With his wife, he owned and operated Bailey Oil Co. While living in Burley, he was active in the Cassia County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse. In 1964, he moved back to North Ogden. He was one of the principals in North Ogden Finance Co. until his retirement in 1978. He and his wife then began spending their winters in Mesa, Ariz. She died in 2004.
He still walks several times a week, an activity he and his wife began many years ago. After she suffered a stroke, they walked together with her hand in his back pocket to help her balance. He attributes his daily walks as one of the secrets of his longevity.
He is an active member of the LDS Church. He enjoys Brigham Young University football, the Utah Jazz, horses and gatherings with his family, of whom he says he is very proud. His children and spouses are Bob and Brenda Bailey, Jack and Gracie Bailey, Kent and Bonnie Bailey, and Ann and Roy Brinkerhoff. He has 18 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.