Alunite LDS Branch Records, 1917-1920  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Alunite Branch.
Alunite LDS Branch Records
1917-1920 (inclusive)
1 box, (.5 linear feet)
Collection Number
Consists of minutes of meetings, membership lists, record of births, baptisms and confirmations for the Alunite branch of the Mormon Church, Piute County, Utah. Alunite was a company town for the Mineral Products Corporation. The branch was affiliated with the Marysvale, Utah ward of the Mormon church.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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.

Preferred Citation

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.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
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

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Christensen, John, 1949-
  • Hales, Hial B.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Mineral Products Corporation (Utah)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Marysvale (Utah)--History.
  • Piute County (Utah)--History.