The records of the LDS branch at Alunite, Utah are of particular interest for the light they shed on the functioning of a Mormon congregation in a mining town. This is especially true since Alunite just south of Marysvale, is a ghost town today. Alunite flourished during the First World War only to be subsequently abandoned. The branch records cover the period 1917-1920, the heyday of the town.
The congregation was a branch of the Marysvale ward, four and a half miles away. Hial B. Hales was he presiding elder. Alunite was a company town and the lives of the Saints, like the lives of everyone else, depended on the vagaries of he company and the volatile mining industry. The branch met in the town's school house by permission of the mining company, Mineral Products Corporation. When the mill temporarily shut down for much of 1919 the branch stopped meeting.
The collection consists mainly of minutes of sacrament meetings, listing songs, prayers, talks, etc. Widespread problems of the day like smallpox and influenza epidemics are reflected in the collection as well as the unique problems faced by a small, out-of-the-way congregation. There is a list of branch members by family, births, baptisms and confirmations, and the priesthood status of adult men.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Alunite LDS Branch Records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.
Initial Citation: Alunite LDS Branch Records USU_COLL MSS 207, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 207, USUSCA.
|1||1||Minutes of sacrament meetings||1918-1919|
|1||2||Minutes of sacrament meetings||1920 January - May|
|1||3||Minutes of sacrament meetings||1920 June - December|
|1||4||John Christensen to Hial B. Hales||1920 October 20|
|1||5||List of members (priesthood status of men), births, baptisms, confirmations||Undated|
|1||6||Minute book minutes of sacrament meetings
(only pages 1-7 filled)
|1917 December 9 - 1920 January 5|