Arthur Fowlke Marrott (1858-1901) and Selena Martha Stradling Marrott (1859-1945) – Pioneers of Orem, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona
This account of the lives of Arthur and Selena Marrott by Russel Backus draws on a family biography by their daughter, Harriet, while focusing on information from two pocket ledgers that were kept by Arthur. Among other things, Arthur's ledgers identify people in the community with whom the Marrotts cooperated as their farms were being developed on desert land in the area that is now Lindon and Orem, Utah. The paper tells about these settlers and illustrates the extent to which they relied on one another in an economy that was based on the trade of labor and goods rather than cash. Arthur's involvement in the development of irrigation canals and the sugar industry is addressed. Background information about the St. Johns, Arizona, settlement is provided along with an account of the Marrotts' three years of service there. Selena's trials and achievements as a widow raising twelve children are discussed, as well as her devotion to ward Relief Society service and temple work. Attachments to the paper include copies of Harriet's family biography (two versions) and Arthur Marrott’s two pocket ledgers.
- Backus, Russel Benson (author, Person)
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 Arthur Fowlke Marrott (1858-1901) and Selena Martha Stradling Marrott (1859-1945) – Pioneers of Orem, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Commmittee.
Biographical / Historical
Russel Benson Backus is the grandson of Samuel Cordner (1876-1960), a businessman and farmer in Utah County at the beginning of the 20th century.
Russel Benson Backus was born to Elmer Eugene and Gertrude Violet Cordner Backus. He attended Utah State University in Logan, UT. Backus is involved in preserving the memory of his grandfather, Samuel Cordner, through donating his papers to the BYU HBLL Special Collections department.
Backus was raised in Utah and spent some time in Idaho but currently resides in Virginia.
1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Donated by the author in 2016.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Russel Benson Backus; September 2016.
Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013)
Processed; Ryan K. Lee; 2016.
- Register of Arthur Fowlke Marrott (1858-1901) and Selena Martha Stradling Marrott (1859-1945) – Pioneers of Orem, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona
- Ryan K. Lee
- 2016 September 15
- 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.
Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States