Willard George Homer journal

Willard George Homer journal

Dates: 1893-1899

William George Homer’s journal begins when he is twenty-years-old and living on a ranch in Marion, Utah. It covers from February 18, 1893 to August 6, 1899. He camps, works on a mill for a Brother Tuttle, farms, hauls rock and enjoys rabbit hunts and dances. He and his neighbors take turns helping one another on their farms. He pays tithing to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in grain. In addition to grain, his farm grows potatoes. He raises sheep and cows. He recovers from the measles. He travels to Wyoming with other men, camping along the way. Towards the end of the journal, he begins to court his future wife, Elvina Josephine Peterson. He seems to be good friends with her brother. The journal ends 24 days before his wedding. The journal contains the Patriarchal Blessing of John Williamson Homer (Willard George Homer’s older brother). The blessing was given on February 2, 1882. John Williamson Homer passed away in 1883, when he was about eleven-years-old. 107 typed pages (although numbered to page 108, page 2 is missing from the collection).

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Homer, Willard George
  • Call Number: MSS 4099
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Willard George Homer 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 4099; Willard George Homer journal; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4099, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 1993.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1993.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Diaries; Material Types; Utah
Genre / Form
Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church)
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 6 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007.)
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Homer (Willard George) journal
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:42-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Willard George Homer (1873-1950) was married to Elvina Josephine Peterson. They had ten children together.

Willard George Homer was born to Edmund and Melissa Greene Homer on December 30, 1873 in Smithfield, Cache County, Utah Territory. His mother was Edmund’s second wife. He married Elvina Josephine Peterson on August 30, 1899 in Salt Lake City. They had ten children, Ellen Melissa (1900-1979), Edmund (1902), Rhoda Greene (born 1905), Lula Elvera (1907), Russel Kent (1910), Evan Molburn (1912-1978), Cleone (1914), Eva Ruth (1916), Willard John (1919), Nels Pehrson (1922-1922). Willard George Homer passed away on April 30, 1950 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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