BYA~BYH Faculty & Staff


Alphabetical Alumni
Snell, William H.

Snell, William H.
Provo, Utah US

William and Iva Snell

Class of 1916, and Faculty. William H. Snell. He received a BYH Normal Certificate in 1916. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 9, page 88. ~ ~ ~ ~ Faculty & Staff. William H. Snell, Legendary Mechanical Arts (Shop) teacher, 1915-1957 (at BYH at least 1915 through 1945-46). ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1918. William H. Snell. He received an AB Degree in Education in 1918. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 9, page 88. ~ ~ ~ ~ Hobby: woodworking. Self-admitted worst fault: grouchy. William Henry Snell born June 1, 1887 in Spanish Fork, Utah. His parents: Rufus Phillips Snell & Ellen Celestia Hillman. William married Iva Vernum Rasmussen October 9, 1907 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died March 10, 1967 in Provo, Utah. Interment, Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah.

Snow, E. Donald, Sr. (1938)

Snow, E. Donald, Sr. (1938)
Provo, Utah US

Don and Anne Snow

Class of 1938. Don Snow. (Edward Donald Snow) BYH Faculty & Staff. Basketball. Boys' Athletic Club. Don spent part of his high school years at Dixie H.S. in St. George, Utah. Don Snow, Sr. BYU BS Physical Education 1946. His brother, Shipley M. Snow, received a BS degree at the same Commencement in 1946. BYU MS Physical Education 1954. BYH Faculty & Staff, 1940s & 1950s, including 1949-58. Athletics (Basketball, Football, Tennis, Track), Boys Physical Education. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Edward Donald Snow. Don Snow was deeply devoted to God, family, and country. He was a faithful member of the LDS Church; a loving and caring son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather; and a determined athlete, soldier, veteran, and patriot. Don was softhearted and strong as nails. His father, Karl Nelson Snow, died when he was ten years old. He could never talk about his dear dad without crying. He courageously faced death during World War II at the Normandy Invasion and at the Battle of the Bulge with his buddies of the 2nd Infantry (Indianhead) Division. Don met his sweetheart, Anne Greaves, at BYU, and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on April 5, 1951. Don was 6'4" and loved basketball. He played at Dixie High, BY High, and BYU. For 27 years, he was a head basketball coach at Milford, North Summit, BY High, and Granger High Schools. He preferred "Coach" over any other title. He bled BYU blue, held BYU football and basketball season tickets since 1951, and was a dedicated and vocal fan. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1938. He received a bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1946 and a master's degree in Physical Education in 1954, both from BYU. Don and his wife Anne served a mission in Greece where he was president of the Piraeus Branch. He was a high priest, Sunday School teacher, ward clerk, home teacher, and Young Men's basketball coach. Don was born and grew up in St. George and dearly loved his many relatives. He was named after his grandfathers, Edward Hunter Snow and Dr. Donald Alpine McGregor. Don was surrounded by his adoring family when he passed away. We are certain his spirit has had a glorious reunion with his father, Karl Nelson Snow; his mother, Wanda McGregor Snow; and his brothers Tony, Shipley, and Ellsworth Snow. Don was a mentor and father figure to many of his players, and particularly to his nephews and nieces whose fathers suffered untimely deaths. He is survived by his wife, Anne, his five children: Edward D. Snow, Jr. (Eileen), Cherie Snow (Colin) Campbell, Sarah Snow (Dennis) Trop, Randall G. (Ronda) Snow, Wanda Snow (Sean) Frost; 15 grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren; his sister, Alma Snow Whiting, and his brother, Karl Nelson Snow, Jr. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant View 1st Ward Chapel, 650 East Stadium Avenue (just north of the MTC), in Provo, Utah, Saturday, April 10, 2010. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills. The family suggested a donation to a scholarship honoring Don's mother at BYU, the Wanda McGregor Snow Scholarship, which may be sent to LDS Philanthropies, 1450 North University Avenue, Provo, Utah, 84604. [Deseret News, Wednesday, April 7, 2010]. ~ ~ ~ ~ Anne don.annesnow@gmail.com @2010

Snow, Edna

Snow, Edna
Circleville, Utah US

Edna and Douglas Cannon

Faculty & Staff. Edna Snow was a Science teacher (including Botany & Physiology) during the 1932-1936 school years. ~ ~ ~ ~ Edna Snow was born on October 12, 1899 in Pine Valley, Washington County, Utah. Her parents were Jeter Snow and Mary Alice Gardner Snow. Edna married Douglas Quentin Cannon on December 20, 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ Douglas Quentin Cannon was born on July 9, 1896 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His parents were Lewis Mousley Cannon and Mary Alice Hoagland Cannon. He died on July 13, 1973 in Kanab, Utah. Interment, Circleville, Utah. Douglas Q. Cannon first married Hazel Hanna Whittaker on June 30, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He second married Edna Snow on December 20, 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah (div?). He third married Beverly Bean on March 12, 1952 in Salt Lake City. ~ ~ ~ ~ Edna Snow Cannon died on December 22, 1968 in Circleville, Piute County, Utah. Interment, Circleville, Utah.

Snow, Ella Pearl (1901)

Snow, Ella Pearl (1901)
Provo, Utah US

Pearl Snow

B. Y. Academy High School Graduate, Class of 1901, Faculty. Pearl Snow. In Spring of 1901, she received a Teachers Certificate. Source: Students Record of Class Standings B. Y. Academy, Book 1, Page 63. ~ ~ ~ ~ Faculty & Staff. E. Pearl Snow [Smith?], Training School, 1911-1923. ~ ~ ~ ~ Ella Pearl Snow was born August 5, 1878 in Provo, Utah. Her parents were Richard Carter Snow and Mary Barbara Bay Snow. Her parents had six daughters, Mary Ann, Lucinda, Amelia, Ella Pearl, Eliza Barbara, and Myrtle Daun, born between 1871 and 1883. ~ ~ ~ ~ MARRIAGE? 1. A bride named Ella Snow of Provo, Utah, married Elmer Johnson on June 15, 1911 in Utah. 2. E. Pearl Snow may have married _____ Smith, but when she died on October 9, 1962 in Provo, Utah, she was buried as "Ella Pearl Snow" in the Provo City Cemetery.

Snydergaard, Ann C.

Snydergaard, Ann C.
Provo, Utah US

Ann Snydergaard

Faculty & Staff. Ann C. Snydergaard, Telegraphy, 1897-1900.

Soffe, Beth

Soffe, Beth
Provo, Utah US

Beth Soffe

Faculty & Staff. Beth Soffe, Physical Education, 1938-1939.

Sorenson, Wayne L.

Sorenson, Wayne L.
Hayward, California

Wayne and Lael Sorenson

Faculty & Staff. Thirteenth Principal of BY High School from 1950 to 1952. In 1947-1948 he taught Science & Mathematics at BYH. Guidance Counselor. Taught 1952-1953. Wayne L. Sorenson died on August 26, 2004 at 88 years of age. Wayne was born August 21, 1916 in Malad, Idaho, the oldest of 10 children from parents Golden Sorenson and Ione Blasdell Sorenson. His childhood was divided between homesteading farmland in the Pocatello Valley and an earnest pursuit of learning and education. Early on, Wayne distinguished himself during difficult times with the capacity for hard work, shouldering responsibilities with his large family. Wayne graduated from Brigham Young University in 1940 and married Lael Ellertson, June 6, 1940. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Wayne was a life-long teacher and educator, touching thousands of students, parents and teachers during his long professional career. He started teaching in 1940 and in 1952 [actually 1950 through 1952] was appointed principal of BYU High School in Provo, Utah. Soon after, he went to Stanford University, earning a doctorate in 1956. Wayne worked in many capacities at the Hayward Unified School District, retiring in 1977 as Assistant Superintendent. He loved numbers and quantifying natural events. Wayne enjoyed gardening, was an amateur weatherman and became a Bay Area earthquake expert. Wayne is survived by Lael, his loving wife of more than 64 years, and his children, Jan Berry-Kadrie and Alex Kadrie of Woodacre, CA; Boyd and Liane Sorenson of Hockessin, Delaware; and Diane and Kent Sanders of Walport, Oregon. Wayne and Lael have 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Memorial Services were held at at the LDS Ward House, Fremont, CA. Burial was at the Mona, Utah Cemetery.

Southworth, Mettie

Southworth, Mettie
Provo, Utah US

Mettie Southworth

Faculty & Staff. Mettie Southworth, Training School & Music teacher, 1879-1884.

Sparks, M. LeRoy
3631 North 87th Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 US

Roy Sparks

Faculty and Staff, late 1940s, early 1950s, up to and including 1954-55. Business Education, also known as Commercial (Bookkeeping, Shorthand, Typing). Graduated from BYU in 1944. In 1945-46 and in 1946-47 he was serving as BYH Registrar, Social Chairman, and Business Instructor. In 1947-48 he taught Business. He was still teaching in 1955-56. Sometimes listed as M. LeRoy Sparks, sometimes as LeRoy M. Sparks.

Spencer, Bessie

Spencer, Bessie
Provo, Utah US

Bessie Spencer

Brigham Young High School, Class of 1907, Faculty. Bessie Spencer. She received a Normal Diploma. Source: Students Record of Class Standings B.Y. Academy, Book 2, Page 265. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYH Class of 1907. Bessie Spencer, a Normal graduate. BYU [& BYH] Class of 1907 Listing of BYH Normal, High School, Commercial, Music, Agriculture, and Arts & Trades graduates. Source: Brigham Young University & Normal Training School, Catalogue & Announcements, for 32nd Academic Year, 1907-1908, p. 136. ~ ~ ~ ~ Faculty & Staff. Bessie Spencer, Training School, 1907-1908.

Spencer, Lucille
Provo, Utah US

Lucille Spencer

Faculty & Staff. Instructor in Secretarial Practice, 1942-1943.

Stanley, Lester A.

Stanley, Lester A.
Provo, Utah US

Lester Stanley

Faculty & Staff. Lester A. Stanley, Physics teacher, 1897-1899.

Steele, Robert F.
558 North 200 East
Lindon, Utah US

Robert Steele
  • Work: (801) 785-4900

Faculty & Staff. Robert F. Steele. Industrial Arts Teacher, beginning January 1967, after Ross Hilton was named Assistant Principal of BYH. ~ ~ ~ ~ Robert F. Steele: BYU BS Business Management 1961. BYU MS Industrial Education 1969. @2007

Stevenson, Leora

Leora Stevenson

Faculty & Staff Early 1960s, including 1962-63 - Home Economics Teacher.

Stewart, Andrew Jackson B.

Stewart, Andrew Jackson B.
Sandy, Utah US

Andrew and Susanna Stewart

BY Academy High School Class of 1883. Andrew J. Stewart of Benjamin, Utah. Graduated Friday, June 15, 1883, with a Normal diploma. Source: Territorial Enquirer, Friday, June 15, 1883. Faculty & Staff. Andrew J. Stewart, [Jr. (sic)], Training School & Physician, 1881-1884, 1914-1915. ~ ~ ~ ~ Andrew Jackson "B" Stewart was born on February 28, 1861 in Payson, Utah. His parents were Benjamin Franklin Stewart and Elizabeth Jane Davis Stewart. He married Susanna Wall on May 23, 1884 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died on October 22, 1943 in Sandy, Utah. His interment, Benjamin, Utah.

Stoddard, Eugene
224 Redrock Drive
Washington, Utah 84780 US

Eugene Stoddard
  • Work: (435) 673-5026

Faculty & Staff. Eugene Stoddard. Band teacher, 1966-1968. @2007

Stoddard, Sharon

Sharon Stoddard

Faculty & Staff Early 1960s, including 1962-63 - Business Education Teacher.

Storrs, Jane Adeline Grant

Storrs, Jane Adeline Grant
Provo, Utah US

Jane Storrs

Faculty & Staff, 1960s up through May, 1968. Mrs. Jane Storrs. According to her students, she was a wonderful Third Grade teacher at the BYU Elementary school. HER OBITUARY: Jane Adeline Grant Storrs died February 12, 2003. Born February 24, 1907, in Duchesne, Utah to John Williams Grant and Julia Bromley Grant. She was the last surviving child of eight children. She married Wilford L. Storrs in the Salt Lake Temple but later divorced. She taught elementary school for most of her life until she earned her Masters Degree and began teaching in the Education Department at Brigham Young University, where she also supervised student teachers. Working at BYU was one of the happiest times in her life. As an elementary school teacher, she had a warm and loving yet firm way of teaching that endeared her to both children and their parents. After retirement, she became a volunteer at Utah Valley Medical Center as the message lady. She raised her children alone when there was little support for single mothers. Jane was patient to a fault, with a sweet and gentle disposition: a true lady who carried herself with dignity to the end of her life. A special thanks to Fleurette (Sue) Peterson, who for many years patiently cared for Jane. Mother was truly blessed to have Sue as her care giver. She is survived by two daughters: Elaine Sperry and Lorna Christiansen; ten grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, siblings, a son, and a great granddaughter. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 18, 2003 in American Fork. Interment, American Fork Cemetery. [Deseret News, Sunday, February 16, 2003.]

Stowell, Erma

Stowell, Erma
Provo, Utah US

Erma Stowell

Faculty & Staff. Erma Stowell, Girls Physical Education, 1936-1937.

Stutz, Rowan Coombs

Stutz, Rowan Coombs
Midvale, Utah US

Rowan Stutz

Faculty & Staff. Fourteenth Principal of BY High School from 1952 to 1954. Rowan Coombs Stutz, Born: 25 Sep 1916, Cardston, Alberta, Canada. Died: 5 Aug 1983, Midvale, Utah. His parents: Joseph Reuben Stutz and Clara McLean Coombs Stutz. Author: There Must Be A Better Way: An educational information system for state education agencies, by Rowan C. Stutz. Author: LB1140.2 .E178 -- Early Childhood Education : Promising practices in rural areas / Rowan C. Stutz and Dwayne J. Schmaltz.

Sundwall, Harry West

Sundwall, Harry West
Tempe, Arizona US

Harry Sundwall

Faculty & Staff. Harry Sundwall, Shorthand teacher, 1939-1941. ~ ~ ~ ~ Harry West Sundwall was born March 18, 1912 in Fairview, Utah. His parents were Carl Leonard Sundwall and Jessie Edna Christensen. He died on March 23 [or 24], 1991 in Tempe, Arizona.

Swensen, John Canute (1888; 89; F&S)

Swensen, John Canute (1888; 89; F&S)
Provo, Utah US

John and Margaret Swensen

BY Academy High School Class of 1888, 1889, and Collegiate Class of 1900. John Swenson (Swensen) received a Diploma: Physiology & Hygiene, Rhetoric. Source: Deseret Evening News, May 28, 1888. ~ ~ ~ ~ BY Academy High School Class of 1889. John Swenson (sic) received a Certificate in Rhetoric. Source: Utah Enquirer, May 28, 1889. ~ ~ ~ ~ BY Academy Collegiate Class of 1900. J. C. Swensen received a Diploma: Bachelor of Didactics (B. D.). Source: Deseret Evening News, June 2, 1900. ~ ~ ~ ~ Faculty & Staff. John C. Swensen, Economics & Sociology teacher, 1898-1941. ~ ~ ~ ~ John Canute Swensen was born February 4, 1869 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. His parents: Knud (Canute) Svendsen and Johanne Maire Pedersen. John C. Swensen married Margaret Ellen Davies (Davies in Wales, Davis in America) on June 21, 1899 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had ten children, all of whom attended Brigham Young High School. He died on August 30, 1953 in Provo, Utah. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. ~ ~ ~ ~ John originally used the -SON spelling, but later in life he decided it would be better to use the -SEN spelling. John and Margaret had ten children; five of the children continued with the -SON spelling, but the other five changed and used the -SEN spelling. They had seven sons and three daughters as follows: ~ ~ 1. John Starr Swenson [BYH Class of 1917?], born March 27, 1900, died December 28, 1977. He married Marva Carter. ~ ~ 2. Carl Davis Swenson [BYH Class of 1919?], born August 3, 1901, died April 29, 1979. He married Lura Tanner. ~ ~ 3. Reed Knute Swenson [BYH Class of 1921], born February 16, 1903, died April 2, 1989. He married Ruth Freebairn. ~ ~ 4. Alice Swenson, born May 10, 1905, died in infancy. 5. Margaret Swensen [BYH Class of 1923], born May 29, 1906, died January 30, 1987. She married James L. Jacobs. ~ ~ 6. Francis McLean Swenson (Mac) [BYH Class of 1926?], born June 29, 1908, died August 22, 1963. He married Willa Sowards. ~ ~ 7. Louise Swensen [BYH Class of 1928?], born May 24, 1910, died October 5, 1992. She married Jay Tolman. ~ ~ 8. Joseph Cadwallader Swensen [BYH Class of 1931], born June 15, 1913, died May 9, 2005. He married Verna Harding. ~ ~ 9. Albert Donald Swensen [BYH Class of 1933], born May 28, 1915, died October 6, 2001. He married Jennie Romney. ~ ~ 10. Richard Davis Swensen [BYH Class of 1936], born July 7, 1919. He married Arleen Stowell. ~ ~ ~ ~ His parents were: Father: Knud (Canute) Svendsen, born April 11, 1827 in Veibye, Hjorring, Denmark, died on March 14, 1902 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Mother: Johanne Maire Pedersen, born September 13, 1833 in Sevenolstrup, Viborg, Denmark, died on May 7, 1880 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. They married on June 24, 1860 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. They had eight children: ~ ~ 1. Annie Swensen, born April 8, 1861 in Pleasant Grove, died February 21, 1920 in Pleasant Grove. ~ ~ 2. Marie Swensen, born November 8, 1863 in Pleasant Grove, died on November 18, 1865 in Pleasant Grove. ~ ~ 3. Swen Larsen Swensen, born February 17, 1865 in Pleasant Grove, died June 12, 1936 in Oakland, California. Interment, Pleasant Grove. ~ ~ 4. Mary Mette Swensen [BYA Collegiate Diploma 1891], born January 14, 1867 in Pleasant Grove, died April 2, 1959 in Monticello, Utah. Interment, Ogden, Utah. ~ ~ 5. John Canute Swensen [BYA High School 1888; BYA Collegiate Diploma 1900], born February 4, 1869 in Pleasant Grove, died August 30, 1953 in Provo, Utah. ~ ~ 6. Eliza Johanne Swensen [BYA Collegiate Diploma 1891], born July 7, 1871 in Pleasant Grove, died September 17, 1931. ~ ~ 7. Hanson P. Swensen, born October 1, 1873 in Pleasant Grove, died as an infant on October 5, 1873 in Pleasant Grove. ~ ~ 8. Caroline Christine Swensen, born November 8, 1874 in Pleasant Grove, died as an infant on December 3, 1874 in Pleasant Grove.

Swensen, Margaret [Swenson,] (1923; F&S)

Swensen, Margaret [Swenson,] (1923; F&S)
Provo, Utah US

Margaret and James Jacobs

Class of 1923. Margaret Swenson (Swensen). Source: 1923 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1926. Margaret Swenson [Jacobs]. She received a BS Degree in Home Economics in 1926. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 304. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1933. Margaret Swenson. She received a BS Degree in Elementary Teaching in 1933. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 358. [There is a possibility that this might be a second person named Margaret Swenson.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Faculty & Staff. Margaret Swensen was a Domestic Science (Home Economics) teacher in the 1932-1933, 1933-1934, 1934-1935 school years, also 1952-1953, 1953-54, 1954-1955, and perhaps additional years. She taught Advanced Cooking & Sewing, Health, & Homeliving. [Her name is spelled SWENSON in the 1929 Banyan yearbook and in the 1935 Wildcat yearbook.] She married James L. Jacobs. They are the parents of Alberta Jacobs, BYH Class of 1956. ~ ~ ~ ~ Margaret Swensen was born on May 29, 1906 in Provo, Utah. Her parents are John C. Swensen and Margaret Davis Swensen. Margaret Swensen Jacobs died on January 30, 1987 in Ogden, Utah. Interment, Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents are John C. Swensen (Swenson), born February 4, 1869 [BYA High School 1888, BYA Collegiate 1900], married Margaret Davies (Davis) Swensen. John originally used the -SON spelling, but later in life he decided it would be better to use the -SEN spelling. John and Margaret had ten children; five of the children continued with the -SON spelling, but the other five changed and used the -SEN spelling. They had seven sons and three daughters as follows: ~ ~ 1. John Starr Swenson [BYH Class of 1917?], born March 27, 1900, died December 28, 1977. He married Marva Carter. ~ ~ 2. Carl Davis Swenson [BYH Class of 1919?], born August 3, 1901, died April 29, 1979. He married Lura Tanner. ~ ~ 3. Reed Knute Swenson [BYH Class of 1921], born February 16, 1903, died April 2, 1989. He married Ruth Freebairn. ~ ~ 4. Alice Swenson, born May 10, 1905, died in infancy. 5. Margaret Swensen [BYH Class of 1923], born May 29, 1906, died January 30, 1987. She married James L. Jacobs. ~ ~ 6. Francis McLean Swenson (Mac) [BYH Class of 1926?], born June 29, 1908, died August 22, 1963. He married Willa Sowards. ~ ~ 7. Louise Swensen [BYH Class of 1928?], born May 24, 1910, died October 5, 1992. She married Jay Tolman. ~ ~ 8. Joseph Cadwallader Swensen [BYH Class of 1931], born June 15, 1913, died May 9, 2005. He married Verna Harding. ~ ~ 9. Albert Donald Swensen [BYH Class of 1933], born May 28, 1915, died October 6, 2001. He married Jennie Romney. ~ ~ 10. Richard Davis Swensen [BYH Class of 1936], born July 7, 1919. He married Arleen Stowell.

Taft, Juanita

Taft, Juanita
(See Juanita Taft Rogers)

Juanita Taft

For reference only. See Juanita Taft Rogers.

Talmage, James Edward

Talmage, James Edward
Salt Lake City, Utah US

James and 6 Talmage

BY Academy High School Class of 1880. ~ ~ BYA Collegiate Class of 1881. Source: The Territorial Enquirer of Provo, Utah, June 22, 1881, "Principal's Report." ~ ~ Faculty & Staff, Training School & Chemistry, 1879-1891. Board of Trustees, 1886 to 1891. ~ ~ ~ ~ Elder Talmage obtained his early schooling in the National and Board schools of his home district in England, and was an Oxford diocesan prize scholar in 1874. He entered the Brigham Young Academy at Provo, Utah in 1876, and followed to completion the high school Normal courses in 1879, graduating in the Class of 1880. At the age of 17 he was a teacher of Elementary Science and English in the institution named. In 1881 James E. Talmage received a collegiate diploma from the BYA Scientific Department, the first such diploma to be issued. His early predilection was for the sciences, and in 1882-1883 he took a selected course, mainly in chemistry and geology, at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennysylvania. Though a special student and not a candidate for a degree, he passed during his single year of residence nearly all the examinations in the four-year course and was later graduated; and in 1883-1884 he was engaged in advanced work at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. He returned to Utah in the fall of 1884, in response to a summons from Brigham Young Academy, and served as professor of Geology and Chemistry, with varied activities in other departments, in the Brigham Young Academy from 1884 to 1888. ~ ~ ~ ~ While still a member of the faculty, he was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brigham Young Academy. During his residence in Provo, he served successively as city councilman, alderman and justice of the peace. ~ ~ ~ ~ James Edward Talmage was a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, and a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born Sunday Sept. 21, 1862, at Hungerford, Berkshire, England, the son of James Joyce Talmage and his wife, Susannah Preater. He is the first son and second child in a family of eight. He was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the place of his birth, June 15, 1873, and on the 18th of the following August was ordained a Deacon in the Ramsbury branch of the London conference. The entire family left England May 24, 1876, landed in New York June 5th, and arrived in Salt Lake City on June 14, 1876. In Provo, Utah, where the family had established a home, he was ordained a Teacher on December 17, 1877, and an Elder on June 28, 1880. Elder Talmage obtained his early schooling in the National and Board schools of his home district in England, and was an Oxford diocesan prize scholar in 1874. He entered the Brigham Young Academy high school at Provo, Utah, in 1876. He followed to completion the high school courses and graduated, taking the "normal" courses in preparation for becoming a teacher. At the age of 17 he became a teacher of elementary science and English at Brigham Young Academy. On September 29, 1884, he was ordained a High Priest, and was set apart as an alternate High Councilor in the Utah Stake of Zion. On June 14, 1888 he married Mary May Booth, daughter of Richard Thornton Booth and Elsie Edge Booth, at the Manti Temple, and from this union there came the following children: Sterling B. Talmage, born May 21, 1889; Paul B. Talmage, born Dec. 21, 1891; Zella Talmage, born Aug. 3, 1894, died of pneumonia April 27, 1895; Elsie Talmage, born Aug. 16, 1896; James Karl Talmage, born Aug. 29, 1898; Lucile Talmage, born May 29, 1900; Helen May Talmage, born Oct. 24, 1902, and John Russell Talmage, born Feb. 1, 1911. His early preference was for the sciences, and in 1882-1883 he took a selected course, mainly in Chemistry and Geology, at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Though a special student and not a candidate for a degree, he passed during his single year of residence nearly all the examinations in the four-year course and was later graduated; and in 1883-84 he was engaged in advanced work at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. He returned to Utah in the fall of 1884, in response to a summons from Brigham Young Academy, and served as professor of Geology and Chemistry, with varied activities in other departments, in the Brigham Young Academy from 1884 to 1888. While still a member of the faculty, he was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brigham Young Academy. During his residence in Provo, he served successively as city councilman, alderman and justice of the peace. In 1888 he was called to Salt Lake City to take the presidency of the Latter-day Saints College, which position he held until 1893. ~ ~ ~ ~ He became President of and Professor of Geology in the University of Utah, 1894-1897. In 1897 he resigned the presidency, but retained the chair of geology, which had been specially endowed; and ten years later (1907) he resigned the professorship to follow the practical work of mining geology, for which his services were in great demand. In 1891 he received the Bachelor of Science degree, and in 1912 the honorary degree of Doctor of Science, from his old alma mater, Lehigh University. In 1890 he was given the honorary degree of Doctor of Science and Didactics by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in 1896 was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree by Illinois Wesleyan University for nonresident work. Dr. Talmage was elected to life membership in several learned societies, and for many years was a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society (London), Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (Edinburgh), Fellow of the Geological Society (London), Fellow of the Geological Society of America, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Associate of the Philosophical Society of Great Britain, or Victoria Institute, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Talmage traveled extensively, having traversed most of this country and of Europe many times in the course of scientific pursuits. He was a delegate from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to the International Geological Congress held at St. Petersburg (Petrograd) in 1897, and was a member of the party that crossed the Urals into Siberia. Throughout the period of his professional career as teacher and professor, Dr. Talmage was particularly active and efficient in encouraging scientific study by popular lectures and writings, and for this labor his deep love for science and his exceptional command of language and ability as a public speaker particularly fitted him. Impelled by the same spirit, he took charge of the little Deseret Museum in 1891, and had the satisfaction of seeing the institution become large and influential. He retained the directorship until 1919, when the Deseret Museum ceased to exist as a unified institution, its collections being segregated to form the LDS University Museum, and the LDS Church Museum, respectively. In his teaching work Dr. Talmage was the first to establish courses in Domestic Science and Agricultural Chemistry in the intermountain West. ~ ~ ~ ~ On December 7, 1911, he was appointed and sustained to be one of the Apostles, to fill the vacancy caused by the appointment of Elder Charles W. Penrose as second counselor in the First Presidency, and on the following day (Dec. 8th) was ordained an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and was set apart as one of the Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, under the hands of President Joseph F. Smith, assisted by his counselors and members of the Council of the Twelve. When called to special ministry in the Church he promptly relinquished his profession as a mining geologist and engineer, the practice of which had grown to be extensive and lucrative, and from that time he devoted himself entirely to ecclesiastical service. Dr. Talmage was the author of many scientific and theological works, among which are: "First Book of Nature" (1888); "Domestic Science" (1891); "Tables for Blowpipe Determination of Minerals" (1899); "The Great Salt Lake, Present and Past" (1900); "The Articles of Faith" (1899), a comprehensive exposition of the doctrines of the Church; "The Great Apostasy" (1909); "The House of the Lord" (1912), a discussion of holy sanctuaries, ancient and modern; "The Story of Mormonism" (1907); lectures delivered at Michigan, Cornell and other universities; "The Philosophical Basis of Mormonism" (1915); "Jesus the Christ" (1915); "The Vitality of Mormonism" (1919), and numerous pamphlets and contributions to periodicals. Bishop Orson F. Whitney, author of the "History of Utah", said of him: "Professionally a scientist and a preceptor, with gifts and powers equalled by few, Dr. Talmage is also a writer and speaker of great ability and skill. He is an absolute master of English, both by pen and tongue, and possesses a musical eloquence of marvelous fluency and precision. His style of oratory, though not stentorian, is wonderfully impressive, and his well stored mind, capacious memory, quick recollection and remarkable readiness of speech render him a beau-ideal instructor, in public or in private." Elder Talmage served in the Quorum of the Twelve until his death July 27, 1933 at Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of seventy. [Adapted from the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia.] ~ ~ ~ ~ In 1888 Professor Karl G. Maeser was called as the first Superintendent of Church Schools, although he was not immediately relieved of his duties as Principal of Brigham Young Academy. The following year the Board of Education conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Letters and Didactics at a time when he was busy establishing academies throughout the Church. He was away much of the time, and the B.Y. Academy Board selected James E. Talmage to replace Dr. Maeser as Principal. Talmage, an immigrant from England in 1876, entered the Academy soon after his arrival in Utah and later was employed as a teacher. In 1882 he was given a leave of absence to obtain a bachelor's degree from Lehigh University. Later he studied an additional year at Johns Hopkins University and returned to the B.Y. Academy as teacher of chemistry and geology. Professor Talmage accepted the principalship but never served. He had done little more than outline plans for the ensuing year when he was called by the presiding authorities of the Church to the principalship of the Salt Lake Academy, afterwards the Latter-day Saints College and still later the LDS University. Dr. Karl G. Maeser stayed on as BYA Principal. In 1890 when Benjamin Cluff, Jr., returned from the University of Michigan with his bachelor's degree, he was made Assistant Principal, a position he held until January 4, 1892, when he became Principal. Dr. James E. Talmage went on to become President of the University of Deseret (University of Utah) and an apostle in the Church. Brigham Young University named the James E. Talmage Mathematical Sciences and Computer Building in his honor in 1974. ~ ~ ~ ~ James Edward Talmage was born on September 21, 1862 in Hungerford, England. His parents were Gabriel James Joyce Talmage and Susanna Preator Talmage. He first married Merry May Booth on June 14, 1888 in Manti, Utah. Merry May Booth was his only wife in this life. He was sealed to five other women after their deaths, Zella Lee Webb being the first of such sealings. Zella Lee Webb, a friend, was very seriously burned in September 1886 and was probably bedfast thereafter. Although she and Talmage had a special relationship during the year after her accident, they were not married prior to her death in September 1887. During the months of her illness, she expressed a desire to be sealed to him after her death. He received approval from the First Presidency and was sealed to her after his marriage to Merry Mae Booth. He was sealed after their deaths to Grace Mayhew, Loretta Ann Whitby, Elizabeth ______, and Harriet Doolan. Apostle James E. Talmage died on July 27, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His interment, Salt Lake City. ~ ~ ~ ~ If The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has ever produced a child prodigy, it is James Edward Talmage.

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