John Robert Cluff journal

John Robert Cluff journal

Dates: bulk 1903-1906, 1903-1918, bulk 1903-1906

Contains journal entries documenting Cluff's service as a Mormon missionary in the Eastern States Mission, 1903 to 1906. Later entries (1910-1918) document his life in the Teton Basin, Idaho.

  • Extent: 1 item (292 p.)
  • Creator: Cluff, John Robert, 1883-1967
  • Call Number: MSS 3231
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John Robert Cluff journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3231; John Robert Cluff journal; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3231, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--East (U.S.)--History--Sources; Religion; Evangelistic work--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--20th century--Sources; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon families--History--Sources; Mormon missionaries--East (U.S.)--Diaries; Mormons--Idaho--Diaries; Mormons--Utah--Diaries; Victor (Idaho)--History--Sources
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Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Cluff (John Robert) journal
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amy Perez
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-23T12:14-0600
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Biographical History

John Robert Cluff (1883-1967) was a Mormon rancher, farmer, and miner in Idaho.

John Robert Cluff was born November 24, 1883 in Provo, Utah, to Henry Cluff and Keziah Russell Cluff. As a young boy, he spent winters in Provo, where he and his siblings attended school; summers were spent herding sheep and riding horses in Keetley, Utah, where the family owned a ranch. As a young man, he attended the Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University. In 1903, the young John Robert Cluff was called to serve a mission to the Eastern States Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After nine months in New York City, New York, he was transferred to Boston, Massachusetts. Over the course of his mission, Elder Cluff worked in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, and Nova Scotia, Canada. Following his return from the Eastern States Mission in 1906 he and members of his family traveled to the Teton Basin in Idaho to visit family members. His parents subsequently returned to Provo, Utah, but John and his brother Charles remained in Idaho where they purchased a sawmill in Moose Creek. On the 22nd of May 1907 he met Rick's College student Myrtle Jones at a dance and reception. He and Myrtle were married ten months later on March 15, 1908. Over the course of the next fifty-nine years, he worked in a variety of jobs. In addition to operating a sawmill, he ranched, farmed, and mined. Following a heart attack in 1945 he and Myrtle sold their ranch and purchased a home in Victor, Idaho, where they managed a trailer court. John Cluff died March 9, 1967. He was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle who died August 18, 1959. John Robert Cluff and Myrtle Jones Cluff were the parents of five children: John Verl Cluff, Veda Myrtle Cluff, Bernice Louise Cluff, Russell Henry Cluff, and Norma Marie Cluff.

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