Maurice Abravanel

Cherie Willis Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 The development of the arts and the enhancement of the cultural quality of life in Utah owe much to Maurice Abravanel, Music Director of the Utah Symphony for more than three decades. A true internationalist, Abravanel was born in Greece of Spanish and Portuguese parents in 1903. His early life was spent in Switzerland …

Florence Ellinwood Allen

Florence Ellinwood Allen was the first woman appointed to a federal appellate court. She was born March 23, 1884, to Clarence Emil and Corinne Marie Tuckerman Allen in Salt Lake City where her family had moved in 1881, in an attempt to cure her father’s tuberculosis. He taught at Hammond Hall, a school run by the Congregational church as part …

Fortunato Anselmo

Fortunato Anselmo was Italian vice consul in Utah and Wyoming for forty-one years. Born October 1, 1883, in Grimaldi, Province of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy, Fortunato Anselmo immigrated to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. He first settled in Pueblo, Colorado, and worked as a reporter for the Italian-American newspaper Il Vindice and engaged in mercantile interests. …

Leonard J. Arrington

(1917 – 1999) Historian and author, a Utah State University professor who went on to become the only LDS Church historian who was not a general authority. His book Great Basin Kingdom put Utah on the map of historical scholarship.

Simon Bamberger

Miriam B. Murphy Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Simon Bamberger was the fourth governor of the state of Utah. Born in 1846 at Eberstadt, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, to Emanuel Bamberger and Helen Fleish, he emigrated to the United States at the age of fourteen. He manufactured clothing in St. Louis before coming to Utah, where he arrived sometime in the 1870s or …

Norman H. Bangerter

Michael Christensen Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Norman Bangerter was born in Granger, Utah, on 4 January 1933 to William H. Bangerter, a building contractor and farmer, and Isabelle Bawden Bangerter. He was the tenth of eleven children. In 1953 he married Colleen Monson of Magna, and the couple had six children of their own while also raising a foster son. …

Edwina Booth

This mysterious Hollywood actress was a native of Provo. Josephine Constance Woodruff was born in Provo, Utah, September 13, 1904, to James Lloyd and Josephine (Booth) Woodruff, the oldest of five children. According to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune by Harold Schindler, she suffered from hypoglycemia, which often left her with little energy for normal childhood activities. She …

Reva Beck Bosone

Utah’s first congresswoman, she also had a distinguished judicial career. Reva Beck Bosone was the first woman in Utah to hold many of the positions to which she won election or was appointed during her long career. She gave her parents much of the credit for her success because they provided the same educational opportunities for her as for her …

John Eugene Broaddus

Developing national parks and monuments was his special interest. John Eugene Broaddus was born in Plano, Illinois, January 17, 1882, to Henry Arthur and Viola Hail Broaddus. As a young man he came to Salt Lake City in 1900 and apprenticed himself to the Columbia Optical Company. A quick student, he learned the profession of making glass lenses and was …

Juanita Brooks

Matthew Despain and Fred R. Gowans Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Juanita Brooks, a noted Utah historian, is famous for the integrity with which she insisted upon recounting the saga of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. She was born in Bunkerville, Nevada, in 1898, descending through both her father, Henry Leavitt, and her mother, Mary Hafen, from Mormon pioneers of southwestern Utah …