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Willard H. Farnes family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4100

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains three journals: 1. A 3 by 5 inch red book entitled Southern States Mission containing poetry, priesthood ordinance instructions, ideas and humor about teaching Baptists, addresses and a record of received funds. Writer of the journal is uncertain. 2) A 3.5 by 6 inch mission journal for Willard H. Farnes, January 8, 1902 – July 4, 1902. 3) A 4.5 by 7.5 burgundy book, covering Willard H. Farnes’ mission from July 5, 1902 to April 26, 1903. Includes a list of meeting locations and topics.

There are family biographies for the following people: Christian Daniel Fjelsted (including photographs and articles from Church publications), John Burnside Farnes, Edith Farnes Budd, and Ebenezer Farnes (including his obituary).

There is a typescript of a book written by Irene D. Paden, The Wake of the Prairie Schooner, 1943, about retracing the Mormon Pioneer Trail past Independence Rock, Devils Gate, Echo Canyon and other landmarks. Includes detailed descriptions of the landmarks and the history of pioneers who traveled. There are directions to Three Crossings, on the Sweetwater River in Wyoming. There is a paper called Sparkling Water about Ebenezer Farnes and other men settling in Soda Springs, Idaho, in 1870. This paper contains segments from Ebenezer Farnes’ journal.

Other papers include: 1. A newspaper clipping of the Farnes Family Reunion, June 18, 1916. 2. The translation of Plubius Lentulus’ description of Jesus. 3. A land title of Salt Lake City property of Joseph Taylor, deceased. 4. Poem of Spanish-American War veteran. 5. Missionary blessing of Elder Willard Farnes, January 7, 1902. 6. Nine-page history of the life of Martha Elizabeth Ashworth Brian.


  • 1806-1970


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Willard H. Farnes family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Willard Henry Farnes was born October 21, 1877 in Logan, Cache, Utah to Ebenezer Farnes and Veta Josephine Fjeldsted. He married Barabara Hyslop Brown September 28, 1904 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died July 23, 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Three journals, a typescript, and other papers related to Willard H. Farnes, 1806-1970.

Custodial History note

Donated by Barbara F. Nebeker in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Barbara F. Nebecker; 1987.

Appraisal note

Utah and the American West (Collection development policy for 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Related Archival Materials note

F 593.P12 1944 Paden, Irene Dakin, 1888- The Wake of the Prairie Schooner. A typescript of this book is in the collection.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 5 July 2007.

Register of Willard H. Farnes family papers
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and 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