Death Summons Former Fresno College Leader

Preston Williston Succumbs In Veterans’ Hospital In Arizona

Preston Williston, 33, former graduate manager of athletics and star football player at the Fresno State College, and well known Stanford athlete, died last night in the veterans’ hospital at Tucson, Ariz. He had been at the institution for about ten months following his transfer there from the government hospital at Livermore.

A graduate of Gridley High School in the Sacramento Valley, Williston served in the world war. He went overseas in the quartermaster corps. He entered Stanford University in 1922 and played tackle on the 1923 Cardinal grid team under Andy Kerr. In 1924 he transferred to the Fresno State College and played on both the football and baseball teams. He was out of school in 1925 and 1926, but enrolled again in the Fall of 1926 and starred on the football team until he was laid up with injuries. He was an instructor in the Burlingame Junior College for a year.

On Leave From College

Williston was on leave of absence from the Fresno college at the time of his death. He left the institution after the close of the football season in the Fall of 1931, his place being taken temporarily by George A. Dewey.

As president of the Associated Men Students, Williston was active in campus activities in 1927. He was president of the Alpha Fraternity and was elected to membership in Omicron Pi, men’s honor fraternity, and was one of the honor graduates.

He was also a member of the Varsity F.

Williston joined the college faculty as freshman coach in the Fall of 1928. His marriage to Miss Jessie Walling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Walling of Fowler on September 1st, 1926, was one of the social events of the season.

Besides his widow and a 3-year-old daughter, Rachael, he leaves several sisters and brothers, including Miss Addie Williston of Merced, and Ed Williston and Mrs. Littlejohn of Yuba City. He was a nephew of Mrs. W. G. Barker of Santa Ana, who recently was a visitor of Fresno with her husband. His mother, Mrs. E. W. Williston, died about two years ago.

Williston would have celebrated his thirty-third birthday to-morrow.

Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday at the Stephens and Bean Chapel with Rev. Norman Henderson officiating. The pallbearers will be men with whom he played football and will include Jim Russell, Erwin Ginsburg, Russell White, Charles Hendson, J. H. Burton and George Olson.

Source:  The Fresno Bee-Republican, 16 May 1933


Jessie Williston, Ralph W. Millard Marry in Oregon

Mrs. Jessie Walling Williston and Ralph W. Millard were married Saturday in Medford, Ore. The couple plan to spend part of their honeymoon in Seattle and touring Oregon and Washington. They will return to Fresno in two weeks to establish their home.

Mrs. Millard, a popular member of the younger social set, is a graduate of the Fresno High School and the Fresno State College where she is affiliated with the Alpha Theta Sorority. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Walling of Fowler. Her father is owner of the Lakeshore Hotel at Huntington Lake. She is the sister of Mrs. Percy Statton of Reedley and Curtis R. Walling, instructor in the San Diego State College. She is the niece of Ernest, Jesse and George R. Walling.

Millard has been advertising manager of the Fresno Bee for more than six years. He formerly was advertising manager of papers in Long Beach and Phoenix, Ariz., and for a time was with the Los Angeles Examiner.

Mrs. and Mrs. Millard will establish their home at 328 Yosemite Avenue.

Source:  The Fresno Bee-Republican, July 30, 1934.