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Oral history interview with Eldred G. Smith and Hortense Smith

Oral history interview with Eldred G. Smith and Hortense Smith

Dates: 2001 February 8

Transcript of interview, conducted by Don Norton, with LDS Church Patriarch, Eldred G. Smith and his wife, Hortense Child Smith. Contains various stories of the Smith family during the Restoration from Carthage to the Salt Lake Valley, and Eldred Smith's experiences as the Church Patriarch from 1947 to 1979. This interview took place February 8, 2001.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Smith, Eldred G. (Eldred Gee), 1907-2013. -- Norton, Don E., 1934. -- Smith, Hortense
  • Call Number: MSS 9020
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • 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 Oral history interview with Eldred G. Smith and Hortense Smith must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
18 leaves ; 28 x 22 cm.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 9020; Oral history interview with Eldred G. Smith and Hortense Smith; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 9020, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Don Norton on February 1, 2017, who interviewed Eldred G. Smith and Hortence C. Smith on February 8, 2001.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Don Norton; February 1, 2017.
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Family histories; Patriarchs (Mormon theology); Smith family; Smith, Eldred G. (Eldred Gee), 1907-2013
Genre / Form
Oral histories; Transcripts
Processing Information
Processed; Jace Packer, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2017.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Oral history interview with Eldred G. Smith and Hortense Smith
Finding Aid Author
Jace Packer
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-03-29 15:46:57 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Don E. Norton (1934-) is a retired BYU English professor in Utah.

Don Evan Norton Jr. was born on December 5, 1934 in Zurich, Montana to Don E. Norton and Vera Camilla Murphy. He moved with his family to Burley, Idaho in the 1940s, and graduated from Burley High School. He then attended Brigham Young University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1959 and a master's in 1961.

In 1967 Norton joined the university faculty, working in the English Department and the Department of Linguistics and English Language. His academic interests focused on the usage, grammar, and history of the English language. He has also written on Mormon history and doctrine, and has been involved in oral history work. Norton retired from Brigham Young University in 2004.

Biographical History

Elder Eldred Gee Smith (1907-2013) lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was the Patriarch emeritus of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Eldred G. Smith was born January 9, 1907 in Lehi, Utah to parents Hyrum Gibbs Smith and Martha Electa Gee. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 6, 1915, and later served full-time in the Swiss German mission starting in 1926. A few years after returning home, he met and married Jeanne Audrey Ness in 1932. Together they had five children, Audrey Gay, Sylvia Isom, Gary, Raynor, and Miriam Skeen. They lived in Salt Lake City, where he worked as an Assistant Sales Manager. On April 10, 1947, Eldred was set apart as the Patriarch of the Church and served until he was given emeritus status in 1979. Just two years prior to that, however, his wife Jeanne died on the 13th of June, 1977. A year later, he remarried to Hortense Hogan in May of 1978. Although he was no longer an acting General Authority, he remained an emeritus and continued to be a close friend with many of the Brethren, until his death on April 4, 2013, at the age of 106.

Biographical History

Hortense H. Child Smith (1919-2012) was a WWII veteran from Thatcher, Idaho who served in the General Young Women's Presidency.

Hortense Hogan was born on the 6th of May, 1919 to Grover Cleveland Hogan and Eliza Jane Hubbard Hogan in Thatcher, Idaho, where she grew up on the family farm with her siblings, Grover Ceylon and Rhea Jane. She attended college at Utah State University, but later moved to Salt Lake City to earn her Business Administration degree from LDS Business College in 1939. That year on August 26th, she married her first husband, Robert Rumel Child.Shortly thereafter, she enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. On June 10, 1950, their daughter, Carol Jane Child, was born. Later, from 1969 to 1972, Hortense worked as the Personnel Administrator for Salt Lake County, during which time Robert passed away on the 4th of August, 1970. In 1972, she was called to serve as the First Counselor in the General Young Women's Presidency with President Ruth H. Funk, which she did until her release in 1978. It was that year that she married the recently widowed Patriarch, Eldred G. Smith. Hortense Child Smith died on May 17th, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah at age 93.

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