2018 National Historic Symposium

Our 2018 National Symposium was a special treat this year drawing comments from several historians that they learned something new today. jerry houck spoke about A Living Church including the succession, church government, organization and attitudes in the LDS Church. devan jensen and kenneth alford spoke about the utah war of 1857-1858. We had a […]

LUKE, Alan

After a full life, alan luke passed away peacefully at home on Sept 20, 2017 at age 99½. Alan was active in community service, participating with the sons of utah pioneers as Mills Chapter president, and was elected National sup President. He enjoyed being the advisor of the Young Dairy Cooperators in the Northwest for […]

PRATT, Parley P.

PARLEY P. PRATT  By Carter Paxma This is from a series of essays from the Fourth Grade Pioneer Essay Contest sponsored annually by the Cotton Mission Chapter sons of utah pioneers. This essay is by Carter Paxman about his ancestor Parley P. Pratt. Parley P. Pratt is my 4th Great Grandpa on my mother’s side.  […]

BARKER, Josiah

The following pioneer history was submitted by William L. Barker josiah barker was born in Todmorden, Yorkshire, England the December 24, 1831. He was the ninth child of eleven that were born to John BARKER and Mary DAWSON. He grew-up in this area of England, working in the clothing mills, learning to be a power […]

WRIGHT, Dr. Orson D.

Dr. Orson D. Wright, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away on July 5 th , 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. One of the most rewarding was his service over 52 years as a member of the National Society of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers wherein he served as the National President […]

GADD, Eliza Chapman

Not far away, and some four months after Eliza’s birth, Samuel Gadd was born on the 25 July, 1815 in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, England.  He was the fifth of eleven children born to William Gadd, Sr. and Keziah Evans.  Wimpole Parish was a small village in Cambridgeshire with a population of between 300-400 people in 1815.  […]

ROWLEY, Claude Sylvester

October 17, 1968 VOICES OF REMEMBRANCE FOUNDATION ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION DIXIE STATE COLLEGE OF UTAH, ST. GEORGE, UTAH claude sylvester rowley was interviewed on October 17, 1968 in Toquerville, Washington County, Utah by Fielding H. Harris, a representative of the Voices of Remembrance Foundation. He related his personal history of living in various parts of […]

HOUSTON, David Crawford

david crawford houston, past president. sons of utah pioneers, director of Communications, Utah Copper Division of Kennecott Copper Corporation, is a native Utahn, born in Panguitch in 1901. He received early schooling in Southern Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1927 with a B. S. degree in business administration. He received the degree […]

PETERSON, Mervin Archie

MERVIN A. PETERSON, 71 a Life Member of the holladay chapter of sup. died April 29, 1990. He was Past President of Holladay Chapter and the Holladay Rotary Club. Active in other civic organizations. He was a building contractor by profession. Active in the LDS Church, serving as missionary, High Priest Group Leader, guide on […]

BACKMAN, LeGrand Pollard

LeGrand And Edith Backman Chosen sup ‘Couple Of Year’ at Encampment Le Grand and Edith Backman, active in Salt Lake City and Utah civic, fraternal, educational, cultural and religious leadership, were acclaimed SUP “Couple of 1970-71″ at the 1971 Logan SUP Encampment. Mr. Backman is former president of the salt lake city chapter of the […]

ANDERTON, Elbert Arthur

Elbert Arthur Anderton, 78, died at his home of natural causes on May 17, 1980. He was a faithful member of the holladay chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. Born March 11, 1902 at Richfield, Utah, the son of William Henry and Ella Dennis Anderton, he married Jennie Johnson on March 20, 1936, […]

DAWSON, Elias Alexander

Elias Alexander Dawson, civic leader, church leader, civil service worker and past president of the buena ventura chapter sup, died at age 82, Layton, Utah. He was the son of William Alexander Dawson and Ella Rose Adams Dawson. His schooling was at Layton Elementary School and Ogden High School. He served in the Navy Air […]

DUFFIN, Horace Cyril

horace cyril duffin, native of Arizona and Bountiful, Utah, passed away January 2, 1980, He was born in the White Mountains of Arizona, on the Apache Reservation, October 30, 1900, the son of Brigham Fielding Duffin and Harriet Lorine Gardiner. He was the first white child born on the Apache Reservation where his father Brigham […]

BIRD, Elmer William

Elmer William Bird, 81, Mapleton, Utah County, Utah, prominent and enthusiastic worker for the sons of utah pioneers, died Aug. 12, 1971 in a Provo hospital of a heart ailment. Mr. Bird was active in several civic, professional and church endeavors. He was former president and director of the Mapleton Irrigation Company; director of the […]

GARDNER, Erastus Snow

erastus snow gardner, 77, of St. George, Utah, charter member of the dixie chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, died June 2 in a St. George hospital of a stroke. He was Washington County and Iron County state representative and vice president of the Utah Cattlemen’s Association and American National Cattlemen’s Association, also […]


Walter Wangsgaard, 72, of Huntsville, Utah, member of the sons of utah pioneers, Huntsville group, died of a heart attack enroute to the Ogden McKay Hospital on April 2, 1970. A lifelong resident of Huntsville, he was a farmer and worked for the Weber County Weed Control Board and the Defense Depot at Ogden prior […]