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Octave F. Ursenbach publications, 1832-1961

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Identifier: MSS 3116 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains poetry, plays, correspondence, and other original writings created by Octave F. Ursenbach. The many of the materials are religious in nature and reflect Ursenbach's faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of the materials relate to Ursenbach's personal life including his family. Also included is a small amount of publications collected by Ursenbach.


  • 1832-1961


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 Octave W. Ursenbach papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Octave F. Ursenbach (1870-1951) was a Mormon missionary, author, and accountant in Utah and California.

Octave Frederick Ursenbach was born on October 26, 1870 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Octave and Eliza Durrant Ursenbach. and married Hannah Maria Turner on December 14, 1892 in the Logan Utah Temple, and together they had eleven children, including Octave W. Ursenbach. He served a mission to Switzerland and Germany from 1893 to 1895, and later presided over the French Mission beginning in 1934. He also served as a patriarch, as an accountant for the Los Angeles Bishop's Storehouse for eleven years, and was the author of several Church books.

Biographical History

Octave W. Ursenbach (1893-1981) was a Mormon missionary and ecclesiastical leader in Alberta.

Octave Willis Ursenbach was born September 6, 1893, in Morgan, Utah, the son of Octave Frederick and Hannah Maria Turner. He attended Ricks Academy and graduated in 1908. The family moved to Salt Lake City, where Ursenbach studied at LDS Business College, worked at ZCMI, and served as a Sunday School librarian. In 1910, the family moved to Raymond, Alberta, Canada, when his father was called to teach at the Knight Academy. Here Ursenbach served as a Sunday School teacher in the Lethbridge ward and worked for King Brothers Mercantile Store until he received his call to the Northern States Mission in 1914. Upon his return in 1916, he served as a scoutmaster in the Lethbridge ward and secured employment with Ellison Milling and Elevator Company. He married Jessie Redd on February 21, 1918, and continued to work and improve at Ellison for the next twenty years, when he was called to be the President of the Canadian Mission in Toronto, still receiving a yearly salary from Ellison all the time he was gone. After his release in 1947, he returned to Ellison, and began service as President of the Lethbridge Stake. He was then promoted to manager of the grain department at Ellison in 1951. In 1956, he and Jessie were called to preside over the Cardston, Alberta Temple, and from then until 1961 employment with Ellison was gradually cut down to 2-3 days work per month. Upon his release from Alberta in 1968, he resumed work there three days per week in order to make time for personal projects, retiring permanently from the company on December 31, 1972, at the age of 80. Octave Ursenbach left this life on January 23, 1981.


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