Services Held For Lorum Pratt at Fredonia, Ariz.

Lorum Pratt, Sr., native of Salt Lake and son of Apostle Orson Pratt and Adelia Ann Bishop Pratt, was buried Wednesday in Kanab, Utah, according to word received today. Funeral services were held in Fredonia, Ariz., where he died last Monday at the age of 84.

Mr. Pratt was born in Salt Lake City, December 1851; and was educated in pioneer schools here. As a young man he was called on “a mission to help settle southern Utah,” and went to Toquerville where he helped to make the first Lee’s Ferry road near a place called Lee’s Backbone. In 1876, he married Frances Theobald, the couple working on the Cannon ranch for some years following and later at Meccian, moving finally to Kanab.

At Kanab they were survivors of the flood which cut a gorge now known as Kanab creek. He helped build the first dam at that point and also acted as a guard at the dam. Later he was called to help settle Fredonia, where with the help of Thomas P. Jensen, A.W. Brown, and Henry Horth, he built his own house, which became the place for all Church meetings until the chapel was built there.

He was a school trustee for ten years, head ranger for four years, and government supervisor for the Kanab forest for seven years. His wife died in 1932 and he has since lived in Fredonia, making trips from time to time to Salt Lake and California to visit with relatives.

Surviving are the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Robert A. Jackson, Earnest B. Pratt, Lorum Pratt, Jr., Mrs. Joseph Booksby, and Edwin Pratt, all of Fredonia; Mrs. W.W. Seegmiller of Salt Lake; Orson W. Pratt of Kanab; Mrs. H.S. cutler of Huntington Park, Cal., and Mrs. Raymond Hodges of Monterey, Cal. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. John Silver.

[Deseret News, Oct. 12, 1935, 5]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]


Return to histories of Lorum Pratt