Pioneer Women Dies After Long Illness

Mrs. Henrietta Pratt Russell, wife of the late Samuel Russell and youngest daughter of Parley P. and Hannahette Snively Pratt, pioneer residents of Salt Lake, died this morning at the family home, 1464 south West Temple street, after a lingering illness.

Mrs. Russell was born on the old Pratt homestead in this city, near where the Sharon building now stands Oct 26, 1851. A favorite niece of her aunt, Susan Snively Young, wife of President Brigham Young, she spent much of her early life at the Lion House and the old Forest farm, now known as Forest Dale. Here the younger set of pioneer days met often in social gatherings and Mrs. Russell, then Miss Pratt, was prominent among them. She was married June 14, 1877 to Samuel Russell of St. George, the ceremony being performed by President Wilford Woodruff, and later lived in the Fifteenth ward, at the corner of Fourth West and South Temple streets, where her children were born and where the family were prominently connected with Church activities. Her husband died there April 20, 1896, and a little later Mrs. Russell and children took up their residence on the old Pratt farm in Farmers ward, where they have resided ever since.

Mrs. Russell had seven children, all of whom survive her. They are: Samuel, private secretary to Senator William H. King; Isaac, now a member of the staff of the New York Mall; Mrs. Lucy R. Scott; Christopher, with the 115th regiment, U.S. engineers, at Camp Kearny; Jared, Mary, and Sarah E. She is also survived by five grandchildren, three boys and two girls. Her son Samuel came here from Washington three weeks ago and was at his mother’s beside when she passed away.

Mrs. Russell was a member of the Daughters of the Pioneers and an active worker in the Relief society of Farmers ward. She was a devoted wife and mother and greatly beloved by a wide circle of friends. The funeral will be held from the Farmers ward meetinghouse, the date being contingent upon the word received from her sons, Isaac and Christopher, now in New York and at Camp Kearny respectively.

[Deseret News, May 18, 1918]

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


Pioneer of Utah Called By Death.
Daughter of Parley P. Pratt Passes Away This Morning.

Mrs. Henrietta Pratt Russell, daughter of Parley P. Pratt, one of the Utah pioneers and a leader in the Mormon church, died this morning at the age of 66 at the family residence, 1466 South West Temple street. Death was due to a complication of disorders.

Mrs. Russell was born in Salt Lake and had been active in church work. She is survived by seven children and five grandchildren, as follows: Isaac Russell of New York, Samuel Russell of Salt Lake, Jared Russell of Salt Lake and Christopher P. Russell, with the One Hundred Fifteenth engineers, Camp Kearny, Cal.

Samuel Russell is private secretary to Senator William H. King and is in Salt Lake. Isaac Russell is a member of the staff of the New York Evening mall and was for years a prominent newspaper man in salt Lake. The daughters are Mrs. Lucy Russell Scott, Mary Russell and Sarah E. Russell, all residents of Salt Lake.

Mrs. Russell was a charter member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Her mother, Hannah Etta Snively Pratt, was a sister-in-law of Brigham Young. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Farmers ward chapel, Bishop Joseph Tingey presiding. Internment will be in the City cemetery.

[Telegram-Herald Rep., May 18, 1918]

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


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