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Willard George Homer journal

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4099

Scope and Contents

William George Homer's journal begins when he is twenty-years-old and living on a ranch in Marion, Utah. It covers from February 18, 1893 to August 6, 1899. He camps, works on a mill for a Brother Tuttle, farms, hauls rock and enjoys rabbit hunts and dances. He and his neighbors take turns helping one another on their farms. He pays tithing to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in grain. In addition to grain, his farm grows potatoes. He raises sheep and cows. He recovers from the measles. He travels to Wyoming with other men, camping along the way. Towards the end of the journal, he begins to court his future wife, Elvina Josephine Peterson. He seems to be good friends with her brother.

The journal ends twenty-four days before his wedding. The journal contains the Patriarchal Blessing of John Williamson Homer (Willard George Homer's older brother). The blessing was given on February 2, 1882. John Williamson Homer passed away in 1883, when he was about eleven-years-old.

107 typed pages (although numbered to page 108, page 2 is missing from the collection).


  • 1893-1899


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 the Willard George Homer journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Willard George Homer (1873-1950) was married to Elvina Josephine Peterson. They had ten children together.

Willard George Homer was born to Edmund and Melissa Greene Homer on December 30, 1873 in Smithfield, Cache County, Utah Territory. His mother was Edmund’s second wife. He married Elvina Josephine Peterson on August 30, 1899 in Salt Lake City. They had ten children, Ellen Melissa (1900-1979), Edmund (1902), Rhoda Greene (born 1905), Lula Elvera (1907), Russel Kent (1910), Evan Molburn (1912-1978), Cleone (1914), Eva Ruth (1916), Willard John (1919), Nels Pehrson (1922-1922). Willard George Homer passed away on April 30, 1950 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



William George Homer’s journal, 107 typed pages.

Custodial History

Donated in 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1993.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 6 July 2007.

Register of Willard George Homer journal
H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States