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Hugh M., Jr, Rhoda R. Dougall, and Catherine D. Wills family papers

Identifier: MSS 8208

Scope and Contents

Contains papers of Hugh M. Dougall, Jr., his wife Rhoda Rebecca Groesbeck Dougall, and their daughter Catherine Dougall Wills. The Dougall family members were early residents of Springville, Utah. This collection includes journals, autograph albums, financial records, correspondence, a scrapbook, and other printed ephemera from 1882-1939.


  • 1882-1939


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 Hugh M., Jr, Rhoda R. Dougall, and Catherine D. Wills family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Catherine D. Wills (1896-1982) was an elementary school teacher, musician, and active political volunteer in Utah.

Rhoda Catherine Dougall Wills was born on June 11, 1896 in Springville, Utah to parents Hugh MacSwein Dougall Jr and Rhoda Rebecca Groesbeck Dougall. She attended the University of Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University. She married Wyman L. Wills (1888-1941) on December 30, 1931 in Springville. Catherine D. Wills worked as an elementary school teacher in Nebo School District for many years and was known for her musical talent. She was also active in political groups and served as vice chairman of the Republican precinct.

Wells died on April 16, 1982 in Springville, Utah.

Biographical History

Hugh M. Dougall, Jr. (1863-1937) was a prominent stockman, rancher, sawyer, miller, railroad contractor, and city councilman in Springville, Utah.

Hugh McSwein Dougall, Jr., often referred to by the name "Mack," was born in Springville, Utah, on December 9, 1863, to parents Hugh M. and Mary C. Streeper Dougall. He worked with his father in a sawmill and flour mill business, then later was engaged in railroad contracting, doing a lot of work throughout the western United States. He served as a city councilman in Springville in 1907, and was a member of the Maccabees lodge. He married Rhoda Rebecca Groesbeck Dougall on November 25, 1891, in Springville, Utah, and together had one daughter.

Dougall died near his ranch in Hobble Creek canyon on November 4, 1937.

Biographical History

Rhoda R. Dougall (1868-1956) was a Mormon woman in Utah.

Rhoda Rebecca Groesbeck Dougall was born on November 16, 1868 in Springville, Utah, to parents Nicholas Harmon and Rhoda Sanderson Groesbeck. She received her education in the Springville schools and attended Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah. She married Hugh M. Dougall, Jr. on November 25, 1891, and together they had one daughter. She was an active club member and was affiliated with the Red Cross during World War I.

Dougall died on October 2, 1956, in Springville, Utah.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Hugh M. Dougall, Jr. papers, 1891-1937. 2. Rhoda R. Dougall papers, approximately 1882-1937. 3. Catherine D. Wills papers, 1915-1939.

Custodial History

Mary C. Johnson, great-granddaughter of Hugh and Rhoda Dougall, gifted this collection of family papers to the repository in May of 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary C. Johnson; May 2013.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Annie Wiederhold; June 2013.

Updated; Margaret Weddle; 2014.

Register of Hugh M., Jr, Rhoda R. Dougall, and Catherine D. Wills family papers
Anne Wiederhold
2013 July 1
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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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