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Hazel Dawn Ream collection of Sarah Oakey Sirrine manuscripts, 1851-1974

Identifier: MSS 8593

Scope and Contents

Contains letters exchanged between members of Sarah Oakey Sirrine's family, both those that preceded her and those that followed. They were written primarily in Idaho and Arizona and date between 1851 and 1974.


  • 1851-1974

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Sarah Oakey Sirrine collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

From the Collection: Sarah Oakey Sirrine (1854-1942) was an early member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from England and pioneer in Dingle, Idaho.

Sarah Oakey was born March 31, 1854, in Nottingham, England to James Oakey (1817-1896) and Mary Cooper (1815-1893). As a youth in England, Sarah helped her father in his lace factory. Her family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while in England. The Oakey family kept the mission home for several years. When eight years old Sarah and her family emigrated to America to join the rest of the Saints in Utah. James, her father, remained behind a year and worked at his trade to pay for transportation and settle other affairs. The rest of the family sailed from Liverpool on April 23, 1862, the "John J. Boyd." The sailing was delayed when Sarah's twenty-year-old sister Mary came up missing, although she had run away to remain with an admirer in England. Eventually the ship would leave without her, and landed in New York harbor on June 2, 1862.

From New York the Oakey family traveled by boat and train to Florence, Nebraska, where they were assigned to the wagon company of John Grayham. While on the journey, Sarah's seventeen-year-old sister Lucy died of mountain fever just a few miles from Florence. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 1, 1862.

The family first stayed in the home of Charles C. Rich, an Apostle who they became acquainted with in England. They eventually built a dugout in Kaysville, Utah, and worked in the area until James arrived from England. Upon his arrival, the family was called to settle the valley around Bear Lake.

While living in the Bear Lake Valley, Sarah enjoyed school and the local choir. A few years after their arrival, the Oakey family moved to Dingle, being one of three families who lived there at the time.

On November 6, 1879 Sarah married George Edward Sirrine (1851-1908) in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had six children together, three of whom lived to maturity. They lived in Dingle, Idaho, for the majority of their lives, except for two years where they lived in Mesa, Arizona, where George's father, George Warren Sirrine (1818-1902), was one of the founders of that community. Sarah served faithfully in the Church, including many years of service the Primary Association.

Sarah Oakey Sirrine passed away on August 12, 1942.

Biographical History

From the Collection: George Edward Sirrine (1853-1908) was one of the first settlers of Mesa, Arizona and a pioneer in Southeastern Idaho.

George Edward Sirrine was born July 4, 1853 in San Bernardino, California. He soon moved with his family to Salt Lake City, Utah and later to Paris, Idaho in 1864. In 1877, he was called to help establish the new community of Mesa, Arizona, where he farmed and ranched. On November 6, 1879, George married Sarah Oakey in Salt Lake City.

In 1886, he returned permanently to live and farm with his family in Dingle, Idaho. This he did until January 21, 1908 when he died of pneumonia.

Biographical History

From the Collection: Mary (Mamie) Cooper Sirrine (1886-1983) was the wife of William Wesley Ream.

Mary Cooper Sirrine was born in 1886 in Dingle Idaho. She married William Wesley Ream in June of 1914 and together they had four children. She died in 1983 in Idaho.

Biographical History

From the Collection: James Oakey (1817-1896) was the father to Sarah Oakey Sirrine.

James Oakey was born June 21, 1817 in Derbyshire, England. On April 23, 1862 his family immigrated to the United States, eventually ending up in Idaho. A year later, he followed suit and settled there in the Bear Lake region of Southeastern Idaho. On December 31, 1896, he died in Paris, Idaho.

Biographical History

From the Collection: William Wesley Ream (1886-1969) was an Idaho based civil engineer.

William Wesley Ream was born in August 1886 to Nora Ellen Crocket and William Dewine Ream in Dingle Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in civil engineering and married Mary C. Sirrine, his childhood neighbor. Together they served two couples missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Texas and Georgia. William died in June 1969 in Provo Utah but was taken home to be buried in Dingle Idaho.

Biographical History

From the Collection: Hazel Dawn Ream (1925-2016) was the granddaughter of Sarah Oakey Sirrine.

Hazel Dawn Ream was born in Dingle, Idaho, on November 9, 1925 to Wesley and Mary Ream. She attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She later went to New York University and earned her Master's degree.

In New York City, she worked as a retail buyer. Later, after moving back to Provo, Utah, she married Jesse Duckworth Curtis in 1955. They had 4 children together. Throughout her life she served in numerous civic and church positions, including the first femal president of the Granite School Board. She passed away May 15, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection: Helen Bateman (1920-) is a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to many in the Utah and Idaho regions.

Helen Mae Ream Bateman was born on March 15, 1920, in Bear Lake county, Idaho, to parents Mary Cooper Sirrine and William Wesley Crockett Ream. She married Dr. James LaVar Bateman during World War II, and together they had 5 children.


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