Class of 1878 H.S.


Alphabetical Alumni
Greenwood, Alma

Greenwood, Alma
Delta, Utah US

Alma +3 Greenwood

Original BY Academy High School Class in 1876. Alma Greenwood (male). BYA High School Class of 1878, Normal Diploma, Friday, June 21, 1898. One of five members of the second graduating class of Brigham Young Academy. Source: Deseret News, June 21, 1878. Alma Greenwood was one of the original 29 students who registered on the first day of classes at Brigham Young Academy, January 3, 1876. He is also included on a list of 59 names of the earliest students of Brigham Young Academy, taken from a file in the BYU Archives, made by an unknown contemporary student. ~ ~ ~ ~ Alma Greenwood was born on October 18, 1854 in American Fork, Utah. During all of his youth he herded cows and irrigated fields. He was one of the better students all through his boyhood and into college. Upon arrival at Brigham Young Academy as a strong, eager young man, he was given the job of making the fires for Dr. Karl G. Maeser. Alma was particularly commended as one of the more promising members of the first graduating class of the Academy. He was encouraged by Dr. Maeser to take up education as a profession. ~ ~ ~ ~ "Fillmore has been re-consolidated into one ward under Bishop T. A. Smith. There was a thriving day school taught by Mr. Alma Greenwood, a graduate of the Brigham Young Academy, of Provo, who is much liked by the people for his good management and general efficiency." [Deseret News, July 7, 1880.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Alma Greenwood was, at various times, a Teacher, Principal, Farmer, Orator, and Legislator. He first married Florence Melissa Brown, daughter of A. Samuel Brown and Helen Vernera McBride. Married June 12, 1879 in Endowment House, SLC, Utah. She died June 18, 1893 in Fillmore, Utah. He second married Evelyn Olsen, on January 19, 1894. She died at age 29. He third married Annena Sorensen five years after Evelyn's death. Alma Greenwood died on March 21, 1929, after one hour's illness. Interment, Fillmore, Utah, family plot.

Johnson, William Wallace

Johnson, William Wallace
Eureka, Utah US

William and Harriet Johnson

BY Academy High School Class of 1878, Normal diploma, Friday, June 21, 1878. William Johnson. Source: Deseret News, June 21, 1878. One of five 1878 graduates. ~ ~ ~ ~ This appears to be William Wallace Johnson, born January 23, 1859 in Springville, Utah. His parents were Aaron Johnson and Julia Maria Johnson. He married Harriet Tame on February 13, 1889 in Manti, Utah. She was born on April 26, 1869 at Santaquin, Utah. Her parents were Thomas Tame and Mary Ann Gregg Tame. She died on August 11, 1956 in Richfield, Sevier County, utah. Her interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah. He died on December 25, 1916 in Eureka, Juab County, Utah, at about age 57. His interment, Springville, Utah.

Rogers, Fannie

Rogers, Fannie

Fannie Rogers

BY Academy High School Class in 1876. Fannie Rogers. BYA High School Class of 1878, Normal diploma, Friday, June 21, 1878. She is one of five members of the Class of 1878. Source: Deseret News, June 21, 1878. Fannie Rogers is one of the original 29 students who registered on the first day of classes at Brigham Young Academy, January 3, 1876. She is also included on a list of 59 names of the earliest students of Brigham Young Academy, taken from a file in the BYU Archives, made by an unknown contemporary student. [Spelled Rogers, not Rodgers, on both lists.] ~ ~ ~ ~ [A Fannie Rogers is buried in the Draper, Utah, Cemetery, without any vital information.] [Fannie can be a nickname for Frances.]

Simmons, Sarah Ann (1878?)

Simmons, Sarah Ann (1878?)
Cedar Fort, Utah US

Sarah Ann and David Berry

BYA Class of 1878-1879? Sarah Ann Simmons, of Lehi, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ We have not yet found any official record that she attended BYA, but her family's oral history says she graduated from BYA in 1877-78, when records were very scarce. If she graduated from BYA in 1878, she would have been 18 years old. ~ ~ ~ ~ Sarah Ann Simmons was born on May 1, 1860 in Union Fort, Salt Lake County, Utah. Her parents were Henry Simmons (1827 - 1899) and Catherine Davis Simmons (1829 - 1891). Sarah Ann became the second wife of David Alvin Berry (February 9, 1862 to February 22 1918) of Cedar Fort, Utah. She married David Berry on January 11, 1893 in Logan, Utah, when she was 32 years old. ~ ~ David Berry's first wife was Margaret Elizabeth Bennett Berry (1869 to 1891), and they were married on October 10, 1888 in Logan, Utah. Margaret Berry died two years before Mr. Berry remarried to Sarah Ann Simmons. ~ ~ Sarah Ann Simmons Berry died on April 16, 1944 in Lehi, Utah, at the age of 83. Her interment, Cedar Fort Utah Cemetery.
Sarah Ann Simmons Berry
David Alvin Berry
Margaret Elizabeth Bennett Berry

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From: Susan Dransfield To: webmaster@byhigh.org Sent: Friday, August 2, 2013 Subject: Sarah Ann Simmons

I am looking for information on our ancestor Sarah Ann Simmons born 1860 who went to BY Academy and was one of the first women graduates from 1877-78.

She was from [Lehi and] Cedar Fort Utah. Do you have any information that supports this history on her? We have many family members that had knowledge of this information but no recorded record.

Thank you, Susan Berry Dransfield susan@dransfield.net San Diego, CA 858-231-4027
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Tanner, Joseph Marion

Tanner, Joseph Marion
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada CA

Joseph & 5 wives Tanner

BY Academy High School Class of 1878. BYA Faculty & Staff. Joseph Marion Tanner, Faculty of the Training School & Commerce, 1879-1884. ~ ~ ~ ~ Brigham Young Academy alumnus Professor J. M. Tanner is the President-Elect of the Agricultural College (Utah State) in Logan. Source: The (Provo) Daily Enquirer, May 18, 1896. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joseph Marion Tanner was born on March 26, 1859 in Payson, Utah. His parents were Myron Tanner and Mary Jane Mount Tanner. He married five times: The first two were Josephine Snow and Jennie Harrington, married to Joseph on November 15, 1878 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He next married Annie Vilate Clark [BYA High School Class of 1883], on December 27, 1883 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also married Carrie Amelia Peterson [BYA High School Class of 1893, Music] and Lydia Matilda Holmgren. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joseph Marion Tanner died on August 19, 1927 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. His interment, Salt Lake City, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: Joseph M. Tanner (18591927) Born in Payson, Utah. Married to Jennie Harrington, Annie Clark, Josephine Snow, Carrie Preston, and Lydia Holmgreen; 24 children. He attended Brigham Young Academy as a student and later taught there. He served a mission to Europe and the Middle East from 1884 to 1887. Upon his return, he served as principal of Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah. In 1896 he was appointed as the president of Utah State Agricultural College, serving until 1900. In 1901 he succeeded Karl G. Maeser as superintendent of Church schools, in which position he served until his retirement in 1906. Source.

Walton, John James

Walton, John James
Salt Lake City, Utah US

John and Anna Walton

BY Academy High School Class in 1876. John J. Walton. BYA High School Class of 1878, Normal diploma, Friday, June 21, 1878. John J. Walton. Source: Deseret News, June 21, 1878. John J. Walton was one of five 1878 graduates, including Joseph B. Walton. John was one of the original 29 students who registered on the first day of classes at Brigham Young Academy, January 3, 1876. ~ ~ ~ ~ John James Walton was born on February 7, 1858 in Alpine, Utah. His parents: Joseph Walton and Ann Thompson. He married Anna Catherine Bissell on July 1, 1880 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died on May 22, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Walton, Joseph B. (1878)

Walton, Joseph B. (1878)
Provo, Utah US

Joseph and Emma Walton

BY Academy High School Class of 1878, Normal diploma, Friday, June 21, 1878. Joseph B. Walton. Source: Deseret News, June 21, 1878. One of five 1878 graduates, including John J. Walton. Joseph is included on a list of 59 names of the earliest students of Brigham Young Academy, taken from a file in the BYU Archives, made by an unknown contemporary student. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joseph B. Walton, who was born in Alpine, Utah, in 1856, moved to Provo in 1870 to further his education. He stayed in his adopted city most of the rest of his life. Walton's education at the Dusenberry brothers' Timpanogos Branch and at the Brigham Young Academy prepared him for a successful career in education. He supervised Springville's semipublic schools for years and fulfilled the role of a teaching principal at Provo's Parker and Franklin schools. Later, he taught in Pleasant View. The young educator also played an active part in the social life of the community. Walton married Emma Jacques in 1878, and the couple performed with the Provo Dramatic Association. Walton also played a flute in Provo's Martial Band. In 1904, the Walton family moved to a farm in Pleasant View where Joseph became a horticulturist and continued his profession as an educator. During his later years, he developed a fascination for history. Walton took many photographs and wrote of the history of his two favorite towns -- Alpine and Provo. [Source: D. Robert Carter, Provo Daily Herald, 19 June 2005.]