Friday, April 30, 2010

Philip Pugsley Will and Probate, Funeral

The Pugsley Family originally lived in the Nineteenth Ward, but on March 31, 1889, the western part of the ward became the Twenty-second Ward, and that's where Philip attended church until his death on August 7, 1903. Here are a few notes on the people in the Philip Pugsley funeral. The list reads like a "Who's Who" of Salt Lake City.

Presiding: Alfred Solomon. Solomon (1836-1921) was a British convert. He came to the United States in 1857. He was first involved in boot and shoe manufacturing, then later in the wholesale and retail business as Solomon Brothers. He served for a time as chief of police. He was called as bishop of the Twenty-second Ward when it was formed in 1889 and was still bishop at the time he presided at Philip Pugsley's funeral.

Speaker: Philip Margetts. Margetts (1829-1914) was a noted actor in Utah and the brother of Philip Pugsley's deceased business partner, Richard B. Margetts.

Speaker: James Sharp. Sharp (1843-1904) was a Scottish immigrant and the mayor of Salt Lake City from 1884 to 1886. He was the son of the "Railroad Bishop of Utah," John Sharp.

Speaker: Bishop George Romney. This is long-time Salt Lake City resident George Romney (1831-1920) and not George S. Romney of the political Romney family. Bishop George Romney was a well-known business man, church worker, and was active in politics.

Speaker: Elder John Henry Smith. Smith (1848-1911) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Speaker: Angus M. Cannon. Angus Cannon (1834-1915) was the Stake President at the time of the funeral. His name is familiar as the appellant in the Supreme Court case Cannon v. United States.

Speaker: Bishop Solomon (see above.)
Soloist: Lizzie Thomas Edward. Mary Elizabeth Thomas Edward (1866-1936), a Welsh convert, was a beloved singer and was frequently found providing musical selections at funerals. She left the next month to study music in the East.

Opening Prayer: N. V. Jones. Nathaniel Vary Jones, Jr. (1850-1921) was a lawyer. He was married to a Barlow, so the two families were somehow connected.

Closing Prayer: A. Milton Musser. Musser (1830-1909) was a banker and involved in the development of the railroad in Utah and was involved in many church and community activities. In 1902 he was appointed as assistant church historian.

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