George Hugh Thomas (1860-1948) was born in Wales and emigrated to the U.S. and then to Utah in 1869, one of the first to ride all the way from New York to Utah aboard a train. Called “Dr.” and “Prof.” Thomas, he is found directing choirs and teaching students from Logan to Richfield, taking part in and winning Utah’s Eistedfodds. He was vice president of Utah’s Library and Gymnasium Association, dedicated to improving student facilities in the schools, and a member of the Utah Public Health Association, one of whose primary interests was preventing and curing tuberculosis. He died in Los Angeles at age 88.
His “Christmas Bells” was published in the Juvenile Instructor of December 1912, for teaching in the Sunday Schools that month.