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Schlie, Helen, 1923-

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1923-

Biographical History

Helen Spencer Schlie (1923- ) is a bookstore and art gallery owner in Mesa, Arizona, and is mostly known for owning a first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon.

Helen Spencer Schlie was born August 24, 1923, in Deford, Michigan, to Elvin Spencer and Blanche Danforth. She was the oldest of seven children, having five sisters and one brother. In 1940 she married Alvin Wagner, with whom she had a daughter, Alnita. The couple divorced soon after her birth. During World War II, Helen worked for a drill and tool company in Detroit, and later for General Motors inspecting Army trucks. Helen owned several businesses after the war, including a clothing store, a bakery, and a millinery shop. She married Walt Schlie, a World War I veteran, in 1955. Helen joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1961 while living in Michigan; Walt was baptized five years later. Prior to joining the Church, Helen directed a Presbyterian church choir for 15 years. Walt and Helen later moved to Mesa, Arizona, where they opened a bookstore near the LDS Mesa Arizona Temple in 1965; they ran the store until 1990. They acquired a first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon, which they allowed visitors to the bookstore to view. Helen later sold individual pages of the book. Helen also wrote and published poetry throughout her life. Helen reopened her bookstore in 2011, and it remained open until 2014.

Citation:
Ancestry.com, via WWW, March 30, 2017 (Helen Elaine Spencer and Alvin Herman Wagner; m. September 22, 1940)

The Beehive, via WWW, March 30, 2017 (Helen Spencer Schlie; bookstore closing; age 90)

East Valley Tribune, via WWW, March 30, 2017 (Helen Spencer Schlie; age 90)

AZCentral.com, via WWW, March 30, 2017 (Helen Spencer Schlie; 1779 hymnal)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Helen Schlie art galleries papers, approximately 2000-2014

 Series — Carton: 3, Folder: 27-41
Identifier: MSS 8964 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Series contains records relating to the art galleries owned by Helen Schlie in Apache Junction and Mesa, Arizona. Items such as business correspondence, information about artwork that was featured in the gallery and the artists who created the work, advertisements, and newspaper articles regarding the gallery. Dated approximately 2000-2014.

Dates: approximately 2000-2014

Helen Schlie bookstore papers, approximately 1965-2014

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8964 Series 1
Scope and Contents

This series contains records pertaining to the independent bookstores in Mesa, Arizona, owned by Helen Spencer Schlie. Records include business correspondence, advertisements, catalogs, and receipts, among others. Dated approximately 1965-2014.

Dates: approximately 1965-2014

Helen Schlie collection of poetry, approximately 1965-2014

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8964 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Series contains poetry written by Helen Spencer Schlie of Arizona throughout her lifetime. Includes published and unpublished works, as well as music for which she wrote the lyrics. Also included are poems by other authors Schlie collected throughout her lifetime. Many of the poems are religious in nature. Dated approximately 1965-2014.

Dates: approximately 1965-2014

Helen Schlie personal papers, approximately 1965-2014

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8964 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Series contains personal papers and items collected by Helen Spencer Schlie throughout her lifetime. Records include documents on Arizona and the surrounding states, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings about persons of importance to Schlie, among others. Also included is a significant amount of literature documenting LDS culture, history, and doctrine, with many speeches by LDS leaders being included in the collection. Dated approximately 1965-2014.

Dates: approximately 1965-2014

Helen Schlie papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 8964
Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to the work of Helen Spencer Schlie in Arizona. The collection includes documentation of her business endeavors, catalogs, correspondence. Also included are documents related to a first edition Book of Mormon she owned, LDS cultural, doctrinal, and historical items. There are many speeches by LDS leaders and poetry written by Schlie and other Mormon authors included as well. Dated approximately 1965-2014.

Dates: approximately 1965-2014