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Temple Excursion, 1902

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 25, 2014

In 1902, some families of Joseph City, Arizona, traveled to Salt Lake City for two weddings: Preston A. Bushman to Anna Smith, and John L. Westover to Adele Bushman. Both couples were married on 1 October 1902.





  1. That was the 1902 version of the “Destination Wedding.”

    Any idea whether they took their wagons all the way, or if they caught the train at Modena (which was the southernmost place in Utah that they could have caught it)?

    It would be interesting to have a list of the people in the photograph. I suppose that the father of the two Bushman children who were marrying is the older gent with the white hat. Were both his wives with him? No. His second wife had died in 1885. His first, Lois Angeline Smith, has a photo on Family Tree that seems to match the woman with the striped dress in front of the left wagon.

    Comment by Mark B. — February 25, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

  2. I was wondering about why they would choose SLC instead of St. George, as most of the rest of the Arizona folks did. Good work, Mark, on tagging the folks in the picture.

    Comment by kevinf — February 25, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

  3. Yes, John Bushman’s second wife Mary died quite early. She was much beloved and it was a sad day for the town.

    John and Lois Bushman moved to Salt Lake City at some point, so perhaps they had family there? I’m glancing at a history and it was 1916, after John was released as Bishop. His diaries are one of the major sources for the history of the Little Colorado Region, and really, they were some of the nicest people you can imagine.

    Comment by Amy T — February 25, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

  4. There were a ton of Bushmans in Snowflake, including Preston A and his wife Anna, and their children. I suppose that Snowflake looked like a garden spot after Joseph City.

    Twelve years later, my grandfather and one of his brothers, and their wives, made the trip from Eagar to SLC to be sealed. My grandfather was headed to BYU, so that probably explains why they made the longer trip.

    Comment by Mark B. — February 25, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

  5. I sent a link to this picture to my brother-in-law, Rod Bushman. He says that Preston Ammaron Bushman is his grandfather and Maren Adele Bushman was his half sister. P.A. Bushman married Anna Smith, daughter of Jesse Nathaniel Smith, first cousin to the Prophet Joseph Smith. She died at the birth of their fourth child. He then married Daphne Decker, granddaughter of Jesse Nathaniel Smith, who was Rod’s grandmother.

    He isn’t sure if the family has this photo. Where did you find it?

    Comment by Maurine — February 26, 2014 @ 9:41 am

  6. Citation emailed to you, Maurine.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 26, 2014 @ 10:07 am

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