John Dennis Fitzgerald

This noted author of young adult books created the Great Brain. John Dennis Fitzgerald was born in Price, Utah, on February 3, 1906, to Thomas and Minnie Melsen Fitzgerald. His father had a pharmacy degree but engaged in a number of business ventures and served on the Price Town Council for four years. John graduated from Carbon High School at …

John F. Fitzpatrick

(1888 – 1960) Legendary newspaper publisher who guided The Salt Lake Tribune between 1924 and 1960, softening the paper’s traditional harsh anti-Mormon rhetoric. He was part of a powerful civic triumvirate with LDS President McKay and Salt Lake Chamber head Gus Backman.

Harvey Fletcher

A brilliant research physicist, Harvey Fletcher was called the father of stereo. Anyone who likes movies or stereo recordings owes some of his enjoyment to the research of Harvey Fletcher. Those who can hear or speak with the help of a hearing aid or an artificial larynx also owe him a vote of thanks. An outstanding research physicist, teacher, and …

Russell G. Frazier

A mining camp doctor, he ran wild rivers and explored Antarctica. Russell G. Frazier claimed that he was predestined both by ancestry and early upbringing for the adventuresome career be enjoyed as a mining camp physician, river runner, and Antarctic explorer. One of his ancestors, he said, was John Paul Jones, and another was one of George Washington’s officers who …

Lavina Christensen Fugal

Lavina Christensen Fugal was named America’s Mother of the Year in 1955. Born September 9, 1879, in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, to Danish immigrants Anna Katrina Jensen and Jens Christensen, Lavina attended local schools and helped with farm chores. She graduated from Brigham Young Academy but turned down a scholarship to the University of Utah because she did not have …

Nettie Grimes Gregory

She cared about people of every race and creed. Born August 5, 1890, in Jackson, Tennessee, to Fosh Elliott and Ann Elizabeth Copeland Grimes, Nettie was a teacher and an accomplished musician who had never ventured outside her native state until her marriage in 1914 to William Gregory. Also a native Tennessean, he had taken up permanent residence in Salt …

Otto Abels Harbach

He became one of the most famous lyricists of the Broadway stage. Music came into Otto Harbach’s life at an early age. One of his first memories was of his mother’s singing. Later, when his brothers started a small orchestra, he learned to play his father’s violin and joined them. He was born in Salt Lake City on August 18, …

Joe Hill

Gibbs M. Smith Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994 Born in Gavle, Sweden, on 7 October 1879, Joe Hill, also known as Joseph Hillstrom and Joel Hagglund, was an American labor songwriter and martyr who was executed in Salt Lake City on 19 November 1915. He immigrated to the lower east side Bowery section of New York City via Ellis Island in …

Gordon B. Hinckley

(1910-2008) Fifteenth president of the LDS church, under whose leadership the church has experienced record worldwide growth, temple construction and secular visibility as it sweeps into the 21st century.

Jon Huntsman, Sr.

Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.is Founder and Executive Chairman of Huntsman Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals. Forty years ago, Mr. Huntsman began a small entrepreneurial plastics packaging business. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, its operating companies today manufacture chemical products used in a wide range of …