Pioneer Bishop Dies At An Advanced Age

Following an illness of eight months, Bishop Apollos G. Driggs, 77 years old, for 32 years bishop of Sugar House ward and a resident of Utah for nearly 70 years, died at the family residence 550 Driggs avenue, Saturday afternoon.

Born in Iowa, Bishop Driggs came to this state when a small child and had lived in Utah ever since. He had been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all his life and leaves a host of friends to mourn his loss.

Surviving him are eight sons, six daughters, 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held at the Forest Dale chapel this afternoon with interment in the City cemetery.

[Deseret News, July 15, 1918]

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


Our Galley of Pioneers

Apollos G. Driggs

This worthy pioneer, who died in this city a few days ago, was born in Ohio in 1841, and was taken the next year by his parents to Nauvoo where as a child he knew the Prophet Joseph Smith and sat upon his knee. He was still a youth when the family came to Utah, and he resided in Pleasant Grove, Utah county, until he was about 20. He was of unusual height and powerful physique, a natural and graceful athlete, and absolutely without sense of fear. He presided as bishop of Sugar House ward for 22 years, and when he was called to this position the ward’s limits extended from the Jordan River to Mountain Dell and from the present Twenty-first South to Thirty-third. He crossed the plains seven times in bringing in freight and immigrants, one of these round trips being with oxen, the others with mules or horses. By occupation he was a farmer, and one of the best in the community; while in the practical use of irrigating water he was a recognized expert. For several years he was a guard at the penitentiary. After his release as bishop he spent the remainder of his life quietly at home, in the enjoyment of the esteem of all who knew him. He was particularly popular with the young, whom he dearly loved; and he was a consistent and generous friend of the poor, to whom he was ever ready to minister to the utmost of his ability.

[Deseret News, July 27, 1918]

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


Pioneer Resident Claimed By Death
Appolos G. Driggs, Seventy Years in Utah, Dies After Long Illness

Appolos G. Driggs, native of Salt Lake and a resident of Utah nearly seventy years, died at 4:20 o’clock yesterday afternoon at his residence, 550 Driggs avenue. The death followed an illness of eight months. For twenty-three years he was bishop of Sugarhouse ward.

Bishop Driggs was born at Salt Lake and was 82 years old. He is survived by eight sons, six daughters, twenty-six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at Forest Deale chapel at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Burial will be at City cemetery. Friends may view the body at the residence from noon until 1:20 o’clock tomorrow.

[Salt Lake Tribune, July 14, 1918]

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


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