Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jesse Howard Bachman 1914 - 1995

Judy, Betina, Wanda, Jesse, Susan, about 1960
Jesse Howard Bachman was born March 2, 1914, the third child of Emuel Heninger Jr. and Esther Rozelva Colman. Emuel Jr, their father, died young, aged 32, when Jesse was eiight and his older brother, Melvin, was ten. Their mother, Esther, who did not get along with her father-in-law chose to move to California with their younger sister, Vera. The boys were left to be reared by their grandfather and his wife Orodine. Both boys served missions in West Virginia where they met and married wives. Jesse’s marriage lasted only a year. His wife returned home and he met and married Wanda Sorensen in 1939. Three daughters were born to them, Judith Ann (1941), Susan Jesse (1943). and Betina Lou (1947). Because of his work with department stores, they moved often for a few years during the war. He was not accepted into the army because of a urinary tract blockage problem. At one point there was a serious fire in one of the stores. He helped several people to safety and was awarded for his bravery.

In 1949 they bought a cafe and service station on the highway going through Payson, Utah, and operated it for nine years, later adding a fast food facility to the cafe, one of the first in the area. In 1959, they sold and moved to Boulder City, NV, where they purchased a fast food business, and built another in nearby Henderson that Wanda’s brother operated. In 1961, They moved to Henderson and sold the BC property. Besides the food business, he was active in Real Estate, both as a builder and as an agent. He was an active member of the Lion’s club, and Rotary. He was involved in establishing the Clark County Historical Museum in Henderson. In his later years he had prostate cancer and suffered physically from the side effects of surgery. He died the 10th of October, 1995 at his home.