John Alfred Elison

Born: 14 Jun 1880

Died: 16 May 1952

At the age of: 71

Plot Number: E4

Spouse: Mary Emily Adams Elison

Children: Thera Harper, Lano Elison, Annabell Martin, Okla Garrett, Elmo Elison, Rachel Ham, and Maythel Shaw

Parents: Alfred Elison, Sophia Anderson Elison


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Services for John A. Elison, victim of a recent accident near Malta, were held Tuesday at 1 p.m.. Bishop Thompson officiating. The Prayer at the home was given by Rawlins J. Harper. Organ prelude and postlude by Maurine Sanders. Bishop and Mrs. J. Henry Thompson sang “I’ll go where you want me to go: and S.H. Barlow gave the Invocation. Bishop Thompson gave a tribute. Pres. E.S. Miller gave the Obituary. Elihu Beecher and Bill Marshall were Speakers. Bruce Wilhelmsen sang “The Lord Is My Shepherd” after which Henry Belnap spoke. Clifford Tolman snag “O My Father” and Cyrus Hunter Spoke. Marshal and Wilhelmsen sang “Hold Thou My Hand” and the Benediction by Louis J. Gunnell.

Relief Society in charge of flowers. Pallbearers; Frank Lee, William Barrett, Joe Hepworth, Herman Taylor, Fred Gardiner and Orson Sanders.

John Alfred Eison was born Jun 14, 1880 in Grantsville, Tooele County, Utah, the son of Alfred and Sopia Anderson Elison.

In September 1880, he left Granstville with his parents to make their home in Oakley, Idaho. He attended the public school and the Cassia Stake Academy at Oakley. In 1899 he went to Salt Lake City where he attended the L.D.S. University.

He serves as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to the south-western states from October 2, 1900 to February 22, 1903.

On October 5, 1904 he married Mary Emily Adams in the Salt Lake L.D.S. Temple. They built a new home in Oakley and lived there for the next 11 years. He worked as bookkeeper for the Farmer’s Commercial Bank and also the People’s Union, a general store.

He served two terms as a State Representative for Cassia County, 1924. He was keenly alert and interested in promoting local projects. He took effective action in promoting a highway through out the community. He helped establish a high school in Malta. He was a building contractor for the L.D.S. Church, the present grade school and other public buildings erected in the area. He was instrumental in pioneering underground pumping for irrigation. He took as active in organizing the Raft River REA and served as a member of the Board. During his years in Malta he engaged in farming and helped promote the sale of the Keogh Ranch to private individuals.

In 1944 he was released as stake president after serving 29 years. He resided in Malta until the time of his death. He was killed in an automobile accident May 16, 1952.

The following children were born to this union: Thera Harper, Malta, Idaho; Lano Elison, Malta, Idaho; Annabell Martin; Corte Maders, California; Okla Garrett, San Rafael, California; Elmo Elison, Malta, Idaho; Rachel Ham, Burley, Idaho; and Maythel Shaw, Orem Utah.


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