Flora Johnson LeFevre journals

Flora Johnson LeFevre journals

Dates: 1936-1973

Two manuscript boxes containing nine diaries and one autograph book documenting the years 1936-1972 of Flora Johnson LeFevre in Tropic, Utah. Journals document Flora Johnson LeFevre's family and domestic life; her involvement in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; community and school events in Tropic, Utah; and work and agricultural routines.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: LeFevre, Flora Johnson, 1904-1990
  • Call Number: MSS 9024
  • 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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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Flora Johnson LeFevre journals must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 9024; Flora Johnson LeFevre journals; 20th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 9024, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Reed LeFevre, son of Flora Johnson LeFevre, in 2017.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Reed LeFevre; 2017.
Subject Terms
Tropic (Utah); Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; LeFevre, Flora Johnson, 1904-1990--Diaries
Genre / Form
Local histories; Diaries
Processing Information
Processed; Dainan M. Skeem, curator, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2017.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West; LDS Cultural, Social, and Religious history (20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, V.b.v.I, 2017) LDS women's history (20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, V.b.v.IV, 2017)
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Finding Aid Title
LeFevre (Flora Johnson) journals
Finding Aid Author
John M. Murphy, curator, and Dainan M. Skeem, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-12-19 12:37:02 -0700.
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Biographical History

Flora Johnson LeFevre (1904-1990) was a Mormon wife and mother in Utah.

Flora Johnson was born March 12, 1904 to Mary Estella Ahlstrom and John Henry Johnson. She lived all her life in Tropic, Utah. She had three sisters: Zona, Sarah Irene, and Ina, and one brother, Bernard. Her parents had eleven children, six of which died at birth. Her grandfather was Joel Hills Johnson who died when Flora's father was one year old. Joel's fifth wife was Margaret Threlkeld Johnson who died December 12, 1914 in Tropic, Utah.

When Flora was 10 years old, a new family moved to Tropic. They had a big family with a boy, Leslie LeFevre, two years older than Flora. Leslie had missed a lot of school and was placed in the 5th grade, the same grade as Flora, and as classmates, they became acquainted. Flora was baptized July 7, 1912 in a pond of muddy water. When she was 12 years old, she became the ward organist and remained in the calling for 40 years.

Flora was married in the Manti Temple to Leslie LeFevre on May 30, 1923. Leslie farmed and herded sheep. They had 10 children: 6 sons (Ellis J., Lamar, John Lyle, Dale, Reed, and Russell J.) and 3 daughters (Leslie Von, Velma, and Mary who lived for only a few hours before passing away). Because Leslie worked away from home, in 1932 Flora began to record family events as well as Tropic events in 5-year journals. This became a daily event which she endeavored to record for her posterity and the people of Tropic. Flora died in Richfield, Utah, on April 11, 1990 at age 86. She is buried in the Tropic Cemetery.

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