Tuesday, December 22, 2009

In the Days Before Email

This is a 1958 letter written by Lois Jarvis Graham to her sister Margaret Jarvis Overson discussing family matters (page 1) and the Jarvis Family Organization and Reunion (page 2).

And here is a picture of Margaret and Lois with their sisters Annie and Stella:
Standing (L to R): Annie Prior Jarvis Overson (1880-1968), Stella Jarvis Peterson (1883-1974), Lois Jarvis Graham (1894-1985). Sitting: Margaret Jarvis Overson (1878-1968).

They all had large families. Margaret had one daughter and eight sons, Annie had nine sons and three daughters, Stella had nine daughters and three sons, and Lois had four daughters and three sons.

Margaret, Annie, and Stella spent most of their lives in St. Johns, Arizona. Lois accompanied her mother Margaret Jarvis to Salt Lake City for obstetrical training and later returned there to nursing school and married a Scottish returned missionary named Hugh Graham and, as far as I can tell, spent much of the rest of her life in Salt Lake City.


  1. Margaret Godfrey Jarvis Overson lived in St. Johns until her husband died in 1947, after that she moved to Mesa, Arizona and lived about a block west of the Mesa, Arizona Temple. She worked in the Temple until she became too disabled to do so. During the last few years of her life, she was cared for by her son Marion Peter Overson. She may have had rheumatoid arthritis.

  2. I just looked up the address on the letter, and it's no longer a home. It's the address of Cafe Rio, a popular restaurant in the East Millcreek area of Salt Lake.