Class of 1900 H.S.



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411, BYA Orphan Class

411, BYA Orphan Class
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BYA Orphan Class 411

BY Academy Orphan Classes.

Out of 105 classes tracked by this website Directory, we have not yet found relatively complete class listings for only the following classes: 1880, 1890, 1891 Commercials, 1892, 1898, 1899, and 1900. We welcome researchers to find newspaper reports, photographs, listings in biographies, and other innovative sources for these class lists. To volunteer, please email yhigh@ymail.com

411, Class of 1900

411, Class of 1900

Class of 1900 411

B. Y. Academy Class of 1900.

Current research [May 2008] has found the names of 12 BYA collegiate graduates, which is probably complete.

However, we have not found the name of even one BYA high school graduate in the BYA records in the BYU Records Office. 1900 was in an era when there may have been between 50 and 100 high school graduates. We have found nine likely or probable members of the BYA high school Class of 1900 in newspapers and other sources, but more focused research is needed.

Burton, Hyrum

Burton, Hyrum

Hyrum Burton

BY Academy High School Class of 1900. Hyrum Burton received a Diploma from the Commercial program. Source: Deseret Evening News, June 2, 1900. ~ ~ ~ ~ IS THIS? Hyrum Burton was born June 30, 1873 in Evanston, Wyoming. His parents were William Gilbert Burton and Hannah Tregale Burton of Kaysville, Utah and Logan, Utah. He married Eliza Nichols on July 20, 1898 in Pocatello, Idaho. She was born on May 3, 1881 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died on October 6, 1952 in Paris, Idaho. He died on February 24, 1939 in Montpelier, Idaho.

Clark, James Leland

Clark, James Leland

Leland Clark

BY Academy High School Commercial Class of 1900. J. Leland Clark received a Diploma from the Commercial program. Source: Deseret Evening News, June 2, 1900. ~ ~ ~ ~ James Leland Clark was born on August 1, 1874 in Panguitch, Utah. His parents were Riley Garner Clark and Amanda William (sic) Clark. He married Mary Matilda [Matilda] Humphries on October 9, 1901. He died on March 28, 1933 in Panguitch, Utah. His interment, Panguitch Cemetery, Utah.

Colton, Byron Owen

Colton, Byron Owen
Roosevelt, Utah US

Byron and Helen Colton

B. Y. Academy High School Graduate, Class of 1900, and BYU Graduate Class of 1904. He was born February 15, 1882 in Provo, Utah. He married Helen Merkley, and they have nine children. He died November 8, 1973 in Vernal, Utah, and is buried in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery near Vernal. ~ ~ ~ ~ BY Academy became Brigham Young University in 1903, located on one square block on University Avenue in Provo, Utah. When Byron Owen Colton was a senior at BYU, he became the senior candidate -- Class of 1904 -- for the first president of the student body, but was defeated by his cousin, Warren A. Colton, a junior who was the candidate of the Class of 1905. Warren had the edge because he was a part-time teacher and therefore a member of the BYU faculty. However, at a December 21, 1903 meeting of the new BYU student body organization, a committee of five students was appointed to head an effort to procure additional land for the campus suitable for athletic and other building purposes. Byron Owen Colton was named Chairman. Apparently most students and faculty felt campus growth was a hopeless cause, but not Byron Colton. On January 11, 1904, Mr. Colton forcefully presented a formal request to the President and members of the Provo City Council, requesting that the City sell its land on Temple Hill to BYU. Through Colton's hard work and leadership that convinced others that this was the best route to follow, this sale was actually accomplished, overcoming much reluctance from many people who believed that an LDS temple should be built there. With the establishment of BYU activities on the Upper Campus, the modern era of the University began, thanks to the right leader being in the right place at the right time. Byron Owen Colton, BY Academy High School Class of 1900 graduate, was the leader who achieved that key breakthrough. ~ ~ ~ ~ Brigham Young University Graduate, Class of 1904. Byron O. Colton. He received the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree at the 1904 Commencement, Spring of 1904. Source: 1904 Commencement Program, BYU Special Collections, UA 1008, Box 1, Folder 2. ~ ~ ~ ~ Source 2: Students Record of Class Standings, B.Y. Academy, Book 2, p. 14. ~ ~ ~ ~ He led a quiet life as farmer and irrigation engineer, and became Water Commissioner of Uintah, Lakefork, Duchesne and Strawberry rivers (1931 through 1961). He was active in Church activities, government, civic and social activities, and never sought recognition for his efforts that positively changed the face and direction of BYU forever.

Davis, David Elmer

Davis, David Elmer
Salt Lake City, Utah US

David and Juanita Davis

BY Academy High School Class of 1900. D. E. Davis received a Diploma from the Commercial program. Source: Deseret Evening News, June 2, 1900. ~ ~ ~ ~ David Elmer Davis was born on August 11, 1880 in 3-Mile Creek, Perry, Box Elder County, Utah. His parents were Daniel Davis and Mary Ann Rees Davis. David married Juanita Mary Ann Carver on March 10, 1909 in Weber County, Utah. He died on August 12, 1974 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery, Utah.

Davis, W. A.

Davis, W. A.

W. A. Davis

BY Academy High School Class of 1900. W. A. Davis received a Diploma from the Commercial program. Source: Deseret Evening News, June 2, 1900. ~ ~ ~ ~ At least two possibilities: ~ ~ ~ ~ 1. William Abraham Davis was born June 8, 1881 in Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah. His parents were Abraham Peter Davis and Charlotte Van Noy Davis. He married Mercy Jane [or Mercede] Lindsey on March 17, 1910. He died on October 2, 1946. ~ ~ ~ ~ OR ~ ~ ~ ~ 2. William Alvin Davis was born about 1881 . He married Anne Elmyra Rice on August 19, 1903.

Lewis, Jeannette

Lewis, Jeannette
Spanish Fork, Utah US

Nettie & Walter Wilde

BYA High School Class of 1900? Jeannette "Nettie" Lewis. ~ ~ ~ ~ Jeannette wrote her personal record in 1945. She was born November 27, 1882. She writes, "I graduated from the Normal Department of Brigham Young Academy when I was 18 years old. I taught school for two years at the Central School in Spanish Fork and two years at Santaquin prior to my marriage." She boasted that her Scottish pioneer mother's fondest desires were fulfilled: "Seven of my mother's children attended the Brigham Young Academy at Provo, Utah. Five daughters graduated from the Normal Department and taught school prior to their marriage. One daughter graduated from the Commercial Department as a stenographer and two did clerical work." Daughters mentioned: Estella Ann Lewis, b 1880, Jeannette Lews, b 1882, Cora Ethel Lewis, b 1886, Mary Alpha Lewis, b 1889, Sarah Myrle Lewis, b 1890, Hazel Laree Lewis, b 1894, Reva Lewis, b 1896, Agnes Priscilla Lewis, b 1878 Source: Melinda Van Komen @Jun 2015 ~ ~ ~ ~ HER HUSBAND'S FAMILY HISTORY: Walter James Wilde. The following is an article that appeared in the Ninth Ward News, the ward newsletter in Spanish Fork, Utah. It appeared in January, 1962 when Walter was 87 years old. He died 28 July 1963. “Walter J. Wilde, one of the faithful High Priests of the Ninth Ward, was born in American Fork, Utah the 21st day of March in 1975. When you talk to Brother Wilde he always reminds you that he has been here in this sphere of action with all of the Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints except the Prophet Joseph Smith. Walter’s parents, Joseph and Mary Shuttleworth Wilde, were early immigrants to this country from England. Walter received his education in the American Fork schools, after which he spent some time working in the milk skimming plant at Lake Shore, Utah, then when the milk skimming plant was built in Payson, Utah, Walter was hired as its manager. The cream from these two plants was hauled to Spanish Fork Creamery for precessing. In 1901 Walter was called to fill a mission in England, the home of his ancestors. Walter said he was cautioned not to visit the town where his father’s folks lived until he had been in the mission field at least six months. When he did visit the Wilde family after he had been in England for more than six months, he found out why he was cautioned to delay his visit. He said that he went to visit them for Christmas and found that three of the brothers in the family were ministers and each of them represented a different faith. They started to ask him questions but before long the three ministers were quarreling among themselves and Walter didn’t have a chance to explain Mormonism.

[In a letter to his daughter Vivian, dated 28 October 1953, Walter described this visit as follows: "Mrs. Shuttleworth was a widow with three daughters - Mary, Ann, and Sarah. Your grandmother was Mary. All were baptized by John Henry Smith. Mary married Joseph Wilde, Ann married William Hudson, and Sarah married Alfred Barnes. Sarah and her husband traveled to America first, settling in Boston. Alfred worked in a cotton mill and encouraged your grandfather (Joseph Wilde) to come for work. He did that and saved enough money to send for your grandmother and her mother. (Mary's mother was Miriam Reese Shuttleworth. She was 88 years old when she crossed the plains and lived only six months after arriving in Salt Lake City. She is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.) The Hudsons remained in England and I visited them when I was there on my mission. Aunt Ann had not remained active in the Church and three of her daughters had married ministers, each of a different sect and did I meet them, oh my. It was touch and go after supper - about seven o'clock until quarter past four in the morning. But Dot, this is how the Lord works. At this gathering was Aunt Ann's son, Will Hudson. He sat like one spellbound but asked no questions. But for the next six days that I stayed he was after information all the time. He was not baptized before I left England but Henry Bytheway, who followed me into that field, told me when he came back that Will had been baptized."]
Walter returned from his mission in 1903 and has been an active worker in the Church ever since. He taught the advanced youth class in Sunday School for seventeen years. He was president of the YMMIA and was Sunday School chorister. He was a counselor to Bishop Fred Lewis and Superintendent of the Sunday School and on the Sunday School Stake Board of Palmyra Stake. Soon after Walter returned from his mission he went to work for the Chipman Mercantile Company in American Fork. After working there for seven or eight years he was offered a position at the Barton and Blake Store in Provo. While working for this firm in Provo he used to visit with his best friend and missionary companion, Lorenzo "Ren" Durrant, who was bookkeeper at the Spanish Fork Creamery. Ren and Walter got interested in the Lewis sisters and it wasn’t very long until they were brothers-in-law, Walter having married Jeannette "Nettie" Lewis in the Salt Lake Temple, and Ren having married her sister, Agnes Lewis.
[Rem and Agnes were married in 1901, before the mission, and an entry in Walter’s mission journal indicates Agnes joined Rem in England in 1903, shortly before his mission release.]
Walter and Jeannette are the parents of four children - two boys and two girls. Lewis, their oldest, married Dorothy Crane. They and their seven children live in Salt Lake City. Vivian, the second oldest, married Gordon Knell. They have two children and live in Newcastle, Utah. Keith, the third member of the family, married Mary Farnsworth. They live in Spokane, Washington with their three children. Carole, the youngest of the family married Gordon F. Harrison. They live in Elsinore, California with their two daughters. Walter is a lover of the out-of-doors. The sport he loves best is fishing. He said if he got started telling about some of his fishing trips there wouldn’t be room for anything else in this ward paper. There is one trip that Walter won’t ever forget. It was a trip in Springville Canyon and over into Hall’s Fork. The group on this trip practically carried the two-horse rig over the hog back (ridge) but they all claim they had a lot of fun. Shortly after Walter and Jeanette were married, Walter decided that there should be a furniture store in Spanish Fork so he rented the building formerly occupied by the Creer & Nielsen Implement Store on the corner of Main and Second Fork and started the Excel Furniture Company. This business was very prosperous so, after renting a home in the Third Ward from Bishop Marinus Larsen for a couple of years, he was able to buy the home in which they have lived ever since - on the corner of First South and First West, one block from the church. Walter operated his furniture store from 1911 until 1926 when he had to sell out because of the Great Depression. Both Walter and Jeanette were lovers of music. They both sang in the Second Ward choir for many years. While running the Excel Furniture Store, Walter used to delight in demonstrating the phonographs that he had in stock for sale. One day he demonstrated a phonograph with a new-fangled device on it to make it so that the operator could make the music go soft or loud as he chose. Of course, the one operating the machine had to be on hand anyway to keep the machine wound up because it ran from a spring! Walter says he remembers very well going with his father from American Fork to Salt Lake City to haul the tithing that was paid in-kind. Walter was also an inventor. He invented the first turn signal for automobiles. It was a mechanical device operated from the dash which made an arrow point in the direction the driver was going. Walter had one installed on his car but the car companies a few years later adopted the turn signals we have now.” @Jan1962

Nielson, Peter

Nielson, Peter

Peter and Edna Nielson

Class of 1900? Peter Nielson. Peter [Nielson] was born on June 7, 1881 in Copenhagen, Denmark, a son of Axel Nielson and Anna Sophia Larsen. When Peter was 5 years old, he came to the United States of America with his mother. Peter received his higher education at the Brigham Young Academy in Provo. Edna Snow Nielson. Edna Snow was born December 12, 1879 in Pine Valley, a daughter of Willard Snow and Mary Melissa Meeks. Edna was six months and her sister Mary was one and a half years old when they moved to Thurber with her parents. Her father drove a team of oxen and her mother drove a team of horses and took care of her two children. Edna Snow Nielson died on November 13, 1965 in Springville, Utah. Her interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ IS THIS? Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1913. Peter Mads Nielson? He received an A.B. Degree from BYU in 1913. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 8, page 72.

Page, L. V.  (1900~C)

Page, L. V. (1900~C)

L. V. Page

BY Academy High School Commercial Class of 1900. L. V. Page received a Diploma from the Commercial program. Source: Deseret Evening News, June 2, 1900. ~ ~ ~ ~ [What is his or her full name?]

Spilsbury, Archie

Spilsbury, Archie

Archie and Maud Spilsbury

BY Academy High School Commercial Class of 1900. Archie Spilsbury. He received a diploma from the Commercial program on May 31, 1900. Source: Deseret Evening News, June 2, 1900. In his teens Archie attended Brigham Young Academy. He met his future wife, Maud McArthur, a star athlete, at BYA. Maud, walking in Provo with a friend, saw Archie for the first time and whispered, "That's the man I'm going to marry." Eventually the couple met, and when Maud returned home, Archie drove to Mt. Pleasant to court her. After three months of marriage, Archie received a mission call to St. Louis, Missouri. In his absence, Maud gave birth to a baby boy, who was almost two years old when Archie returned. Cattle ranchers by trade, the Spilsburys moved from Toquerville to Cedar City so their four children could attend school.

Vickery, Rose

Vickery, Rose
of Levan, Utah US

Rose Vickery

Class of 1900. Rose Vickery. A Brigham Young Academy student from 1897 to 1900. She kept an extensive diary of her activities as a high school student at BYA. Excerpts of her diary are found in the history, BYU, The First One Hundred Years, Vol. 1, pp. 273 to 279. ~ ~ ~ ~ She MAY be Rose Emma Vickery, born 1879 in Green River, Wyoming, to parents: Gilbert Llewellyn Vickery and Charlotte Elizabeth Chrisman.