SUMMERHAYS, Charles

Former cotton mission Chapter member Charles Summerhays passed away recently. He will be dearly missed by our organization. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions private services  were held. Charles Callis Summerhays, 87, resident of Washington City,  Utah lovingly returned home to his Heavenly Father on May 10,  2020 in St. George, Utah. Born June 30,1932 in […]

The St. George Tabernacle

This article originally appeared in Vol.53, No.1 (2006) of Pioneer Magazine. By Paul L. Anderson The St. George Tabernacle proclaims the New England roots of many Utah settlers more clearly than any other Mormon pioneer building. At first glance, it could be an eighteenth-century New England city church transported to the arid West, its walls […]

The Making of Utah’s Dixie

This article originally appeared in Vol.54, No.4 (2007) of Pioneer Magazine. by Colleen Whitley Given the persecutions and extremities the Latter-day Saints had suffered in Missouri, Illinois, and crossing what was then called “The Great American Desert,” it was only natural that they did not want to be dependent on “outsiders” any more than was […]

BARLOW, Oswald: History of a St. George Pioneer

Oswald Barlow was a member of Utah's first Martial Band, directed by Professor Thomas. Not only did he play the fife and drum, but he was also an expert dancer. So, in 1859, Oswald opened up his own school of dance. Many of the Saints were glad to receive instruction from him, and cultural arts were strongly encouraged by Brigham Young. In fact, several of Brigham's daughters were among the first pupils at his school. Oswald also had a splendid bass voice and was a good entertainer; therefore, many people loved to hear him sing.

St. George Gardner’s Club Hall

Built just five years after St. George was settled, the Gardeners’ Club Hall is considered to be the oldest public building standing in the city. This small, unassuming adobe building predates the courthouse, the tabernacle, and the temple by several years. Located across the street north and a half block west of [the marker], the […]

WILKINSON, Joseph Thomas

Submitted by David Smith Born: 26 March 1847, Manchester, Lancashire, England Died: 8 August 1919, Cedar City, Utah Originally published as “Active Useful Career Is Ended,” Iron County Record, 8 Aug 1919 Joseph T. Wilkinson, one of Cedar’s aged and most respected citizens, passed peacefully away at an early hour this morning. In his demise, […]

The Making of Utah’s Dixie

This article originally appeared in Vol.54, No.4 (2007) of Pioneer Magazine. by Colleen Whitley Given the persecutions and extremities the Latter-day Saints had suffered in Missouri, Illinois, and crossing what was then called “The Great American Desert,” it was only natural that they did not want to be dependent on “outsiders” anymore than was absolutely […]

The Honeymoon Trail

This article originally appeared in Vol.54, No.4 (2007) of Pioneer Magazine. by Kenneth Mays The story of arizona’s “honeymoon trail” is attributed to the hundreds of Latter-day Saints who followed it between 1877-1927 from areas of Arizona to be married in the St. George Temple. The trail ran through the desert, “winding through steep canyons, […]

STUCKI, Esther: My Ancestor

Submitted by Alexa West, a student at Little Valley Elementary School in St George, Utah. Esther Stucki Gubler was born to Samuel and his third wife, Anna Mary, on August 11, 1886. She was their second daughter. Her older sister was Mary Stucki Tobler. Her father began going blind about the time Esther was born, […]

Mary Hafen Leavitt: Oral History 1968

voices of remembrance foundation oral history COLLECTION DIXIE STATE COLLEGE OF UTAH ST. GEORGE, UTAH November 15, 1968 mary hafen leavitt was interviewed on November 15, 1968 in St. George, Washington County, Utah by Fielding H. Harris, a representative of the Voices of Remembrance Foundation. She related her personal history of living in various parts […]

SNOW, Erastus

by Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah Vol.4 The pioneer who shared with orson pratt the distinction of being the first among their famous band to enter Salt Lake valley was a prominent Elder and soon became an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Of all the distinguished characters surrounding brigham […]

CANNON, Angus Munn

This article originally appeared in History of Utah Vol.4 by Orson F. Whitney Prominent in various ways and in business a successful farmer and stock-raiser, Angus M. Cannon, President of the Salt Lake Stake of Zion, is given the right of precedence in this group of biographies. He has been a resident of Utah since […]

RIDING, Christopher Lister: Tinsmith

Christopher's skills were needed in St. George because the temple was under construction there and he was the only sheet metal worker in the Dixie mission at that time. However, there was not enough business in St. George to provide him work, so he secured a little four-wheeled cart and an ox. He loaded the cart with tin ware and tools and visited all the towns in southern Utah, exchanging his ware for flour, potatoes, butter, cheese, etc. He made most of his wares from waste cans as it was difficult to ship in sheet tin. People saved empty cans and metal ware of all kinds for him. His store of wares consisted of buckets, milk pans, tin cups and plates, lamps, canteens, coffee pots, wash boards, etc. The ball on the St. George temple and the one on the St. George tabernacle are Christopher Riding's work, as is the metal work on all the public buildings erected before his death. The tin-covered sphere on the temple remained until October 25, 1994, when it was replaced with a fiberglass model as part of a renovation project.
Christopher was a loyal member of the church although he was never active in public affairs due to the fact that his work kept him away a great deal of the time. He was a great reader, spending every evening in this way.

CHRISTENSEN, Alten

by McKay Ellis Note: This pioneer history is one of the winning 4th-grade student essays submitted to the cotton mission chapter in it’s annual Essay Contest. My great grandpa Alten Christensen was a pioneer in the retail industry of southern Utah. He was also a pioneer with his faith. The Store In 1929, Alten opened […]

THORNLEY, Bob: Modern-day Pioneer

from the cotton mission chapter Newsletter, December 2020 Robert K (Bob) Thornley is recognized as a Modern Pioneer for his many contributions to his family and ancestors, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the community of St. George, and the cotton mission Chapter of the National Sons of the Utah Pioneers organizations. Bob […]

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