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“I Take Up My Pen”: Holbrook and Fort Apache Stage Line, 1897

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 24, 2014

I don’t know that this quite qualifies as Mormon letterhead, but with the name of that proprietor and the romance of the Old West tied up in every word, I couldn’t resist!





  1. I’m betting that the proprietor was Joseph West Smith, son of Jesse Nathaniel Smith, one of the founders of the town of Snowflake, Arizona. Some interesting stories about him are on Family Tree.

    Joseph West Smith had a son named Joseph Fish Smith, the J. Fish Smith of recent Fruzola fame on Keepa. Another of Joseph W.’s sons, Jesse M. Smith, was (I believe–I’ll have to confirm it) a counselor to my grandfather in the presidency of the Snowflake Stake, at a time when Joseph W. was serving as the Patriarch of that stake. And, in the 1960s, Jesse M. Smith was the president of the Mesa Arizona Temple.

    Two decades after that, one of Jesse M.’s grandsons served in a bishopric with me in Brooklyn, New York.

    So, if you’re looking for support for your decision to post this letterhead, you’ve got my vote.

    Comment by Mark B. — March 24, 2014 @ 10:35 am

  2. Thanks, Mark — this is about as Mormon as it gets, then!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 24, 2014 @ 10:38 am

  3. And thus we see . . . that Mark can comment at length on anything having to do with Snowflake. : )

    Comment by Amy T — March 24, 2014 @ 11:12 am

  4. Seven degrees of Joseph West Smith?

    Comment by Gary Bergera — March 24, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

  5. His wife was my great grandmother’s sister. How many degrees is that?

    Comment by Confutus — March 24, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

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