Almira Teresa Porter Durrant biography

Almira Teresa Porter Durrant biography

Dates: 1871-1918

Almira Teresa Porter Durrant’s biography refers to Durrant by her nickname, Maude. Maude joins The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1901, although her sisters write her many letters (included) urging her to change her mind. She applies and is appointed to be a teacher at the Fielding Academy in Paris, Idaho. While teaching there, she meets her husband, Walter Durrant. Their courtship is humorous and their marriage comes as a surprise to their friends. Her family ignores her and rarely even mentions her name after the wedding. Maude has three sons and one daughter, named Grace. When Grace is born, her family suddenly welcomes Maude for a visit. The estrangement is forgotten. She also adopts a boy, but he lies to the neighbors about the family and gets himself sent away. Maude administers chloroform for a doctor and has an amusing incident when some of the chloroform gets to her. She passes away when only forty-seven. Grace, her daughter and writer of this biography is only six at the time of her mother’s death. This is a well written and enjoyable biography, complete with correspondence and many photographs. It is divided into 5 parts: 1) Youth and Family in Canada. 2) New Fields – Marriage. 3) Pioneering in Idaho. 4) Epilogue. 5) Appendix. 1 volume. 84 pages of text with many pages of pictures between each part.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Lehman, Grace Durrant, 1912-2002
  • Call Number: MSS 4203
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Almira Teresa Porter Durrant biography 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 4203; Almira Teresa Porter Durrant biography; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4203, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Verna D. Humphries in 1976.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Verna D. Humphries; 1976.
Subject Terms
Home and Family; Paris (Idaho); Social Life and Customs
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Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 30 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Durrant (Almira Teresa Porter) biography
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:48-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
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Biographical History

Grace Durrant Lehman was born to Walter H. Durrant and Almira Teresa Porter on 21 February 1912 in Driggs, Teton, Idaho. She married Daniel David Lehman 23 January 1945 in Vernon, Toole, Utah. She passed away on 8 October 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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