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Larson, May Louise Hunt, 1860-1943

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1860-1943

Biographical History

May Louise Hunt Larson (1860-1943) was a Mormon pioneer in Arizona.

May Louise Hunt Larson was born on May 5, 1860, in San Bernardino, California, to parents John (1833-1917) and Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt (1837-1885).

She moved with her parents and siblings to Beaver, Utah, where May attended school; her aunt, grandmother, and grand-aunt were her teachers, and she did very well. When she was 16, her family moved to The Cove, near the Sevier River, near Joseph City, Utah. When she was 17 years old, her father, John Hunt, was called by Brigham Young to help settle Arizona. Given his choice of settlements, John chose Snowflake. Soon after they moved to Snowflake, May met Alof Larson, another new arrival. She married Alof Larson on October 26, 1881, in St George, Utah, and together they had thirteen children.

May and Alof began their married life poor but independent--their first home was a tent until wood could be cut and brought to the site to build a one-room log cabin. They lived in that log cabin for the rest of their lives.

May was a Relief Society President, Sunday School teacher, town historian, Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association (YLMIA) counselor, served on the Genealogical Board. She was a wonderful public speaker, loved to read, and was a friend to all who met her.

After Alof's death, May moved to Mesa, Arizona, near the Mesa Arizona Temple, to work there. But, when she fell ill, she returned to Snowflake to live with her daughter for the rest of her life. Larson died on May 4, 1943, in Snowflake, Arizona.

Citation

FamilySearch.org, via WWW, February 18, 2015 (May Louise Hunt Larson was born on May 5, 1860, in San Bernardino, California, to parents John (1833-1917) and Lois Barnes Pratt (1837-1885) Hunt; married Alof Larson on October 26, 1881, in St George, Utah, and together they had thirteen children; died on May 4, 1943, in Snowflake, Arizona).

UPB files, February 23, 2015 (May Louise Hunt Larson was born on May 5, 1860, in San Bernardino, California, to parents John (1833-1917) and Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt (1837-1885); moved with her parents and siblings to Beaver, Utah, where May attended school; her aunt, grandmother, and grand-aunt were her teachers, and she did very well; moved to The Cove, near the Sevier River, near Joseph City, Utah; her father, John Hunt, was called by Brigham Young to help settle Arizona - given his choice of settlements, John chose Snowflake; May met Alof Larson, another new arrival; married Alof Larson on October 26, 1881, in St George, Utah, and together they had thirteen children; began their married life poor but independent - their first home was a tent until wood could be cut and brought to the site to build a one-room log cabin; lived in that log cabin for the rest of their lives; was a Relief Society President, Sunday School teacher, town historian, Young Ladies Mututal Improvement Association (YLMIA) counselor, served on the Genealogical Board. She was a wonderful public speaker, loved to read, and was a friend to all who met her; moved to Mesa, Arizona, near the Mesa Arizona Temple, to work there; when she fell ill, she returned to Snowflake to live with her daughter for the rest of her life; died on May 4, 1943, in Snowflake, Arizona)

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Norma Larson Elliott collection on Alof and May Louise Hunt Larson

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8670
Content Description Contains photos, notes, diaries, letters, and journals of Alof and May Larson; plus additional research and biographies created or collected by Elliott. Also includes a DVD of much of the collection. Dated 1885-1992.
Dates: 1885-1992

The John Hunt book

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 539
Scope and Contents Holograph with photocopy. The collection includes biographical sketches and genealogy concerning John Hunt, a Mormon pioneer and settler, and his offspring.
Dates: 1954

May Louise Hunt Larson journal

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3061
Scope and Contents Bound photocopy of a handwritten diary. Larson writes about her daily activities. The item carries the note, "Journal No. 2." The location of the first journal is unknown.
Dates: 1896-1907

May Louise Hunt Larson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 540
Scope and Contents Holographs, typescripts, and photocopies. The collection includes writings by Larson concerning the move her family made from Utah to Arizona, a history of Snowflake Latter-day Saint Stake Academy, biographies of Addison Pratt and Emma Hale Smith, and a birthdate record of members of the Snowflake Latter-day Saint Stake, Arizona. Also includes a biography of Larson by her daughter, Louise L. Comish and Larson's funeral program.
Dates: 1933-1965