Friday, August 28, 2009

Charles Savage


Wikipedia reports that "Charles Roscoe Savage (1832–1909) was a British-born landscape and portrait photographer who produced images of the American West. He is best known for his 1869 photographs of the linking of the first transcontinental railroad."

After joining the LDS Church in Britain at the age of 14, Savage served missions in Europe before emigrating to Utah in 1856. Once in Utah, Savage founded several photography studios and gained fame by having his photos published regularly in Harper's Weekly magazine. As mentioned, his most famous photographs were of the linking of the railroads at Promontory Point.

Readers of this blog and others with an eye for Utah and pioneer history will know doubt know Savage for his portraits of early LDS leaders and other Utah residents, including my great-great-great-great grandmother Pheobe Campbell Atkinson:

If you are not familiar with his work, please spend a little time examining his collection. Click here

Savage is buried just east of the cemetery offices.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Spencer W. Kimball


Fact: Spencer W. Kimball was the Prophet and President of the Church when I was growing up.
Fact: President Kimball was a grandson of early Apostle Heber C. Kimball.
Fact: President Kimball was not the inspiration of Yoda. Sorry. Urban myth.

Spencer W. Kimball was born on March 28, 1895 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before he was called to the Apostleship in 1943, he worked as an insurance salesman and banker. He served in church leadership for over forty years.

President Kimball was a diminutive man with a huge tenacity for the principles of discipleship. He was a powerful advocate of gospel doctrines and morality. He authored many faith-inspiring books and articles, including The Miracle of Forgiveness and Faith Precedes the Miracle.

Most notable of President Kimball's service as President of the Church was the revelation he and the leadership received to allow the blessings of the Priesthood to be extended to all worthy males of the Church.

For more information on the life and teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, please visit or Grandpa Bills G. A. Pages where you can download mp3's of President Kimball's devotionals.

President Kimball is buried at the northwest corner of the cemetery.

You can find the monument with this map.