Roskelley Family Photograph Collection,, 1880-1920

Overview of the Collection

Roskelley Family
Roskelley Family Photograph Collection,
1880-1920 (inclusive)
1 box (24 items), (.25 linear ft. )
Collection Number
Collection of photographs of the Roskelley family. Taken from the 1880s to 1918, includes mostly cabinet card portraits (albumen and gelatin silver). Also includes views of the Smithfield depot of the Utah Northern Railway Company (1918) and the Sego Milk plant in Smithfield, Utah as well as a portrait of the sons of William Frederick Rigby, Sr. taken around 1915.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 4357978248
Fax: 4357972880
Access Restrictions

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

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Samuel Roskelley (1837-1914) was one of the earliest Cache Valley pioneers. He was born in Devonport, Devonshire, England in 1837 and he converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints while still a boy. He came to America in 1853 and eventually made his way to Utah. He entered Cache Valley with the first cattle herd in 1855. He left the valley in 1856 after being called to serve a mission in Great Britain. He returned to the United States, however, during the Mormon War. In 1858 he married his first wife, Rebecca Hendricks in Salt Lake City. In 1860 he moved back to Cache Valley and settled in Richmond. Roskelley was very active in the community and with the Mormon Church. He served as the bishop for the Smithfield Ward in the 1860s. In 1880-1881 he served a second mission to Great Britain, and in 1882 he was called as a missionary worker for the St. George Temple. Roskelley also worked on the Logan Temple and in 1884 he started his service as a recorder of the Logan Temple. After 1901 he became the president of the High Priests' Quorum of the Benson Stake. In 1889 he was arrested (but later acquitted) on polygamy charges. At that time he had four wives (Mary Roberts, Mary Jane Littlewood Rigby, Margaret Rigby, and Sarah Maude Burton) and twenty two living children. His first wife, Rebecca Hendricks, died in 1880.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of portraits of family members including Samuel Roskelley and his wives, views of the Smithfield UNRR depot and the Sego Milk plant.

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 Roskelley Family Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Alternative Forms Available

View selected digitized images in this collection from the Roskelley Photograph Collection

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: P0013; Roskelley Family Photograph Collection; Photograph Collections; Utah State University Special Collections and Archives, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University.

Following Citations: P0013, USUSC.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged in numeric sequence according to box and item.

Processing Note

Processed in May of 2001

Acquisition Information

The Roskelley photographs were donated to Special Collections in August of 1992 by Mrs. Joleen Olson of Hyrum, Utah.

Acquisition Information

The Roskelley photographs were donated to Special Collections in August of 1992 by Mrs. Joleen Olson of Hyrum, Utah.

Related Materials

More materials on the Roskelley family are available in COLL MSS 65 and Richard Welling Roskelley COLL MSS 284

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
1.01: Portrait, Samuel Roskelley (1837-1914) at 49 years 1886 January
1.02: Portrait, Samuel Roskelley. Photograph by John Rabe, Logan, Utah 1905
1.03: Portrait, Mary Jane Rigby Roskelley (wife of Samuel)
Photograph by Mrs. Fannie Hoyt
1.04: Portrait, Mary Jane Rigby Roskelley.
Photograph by T.B. Cardon's, Logan, Utah
1.05: Portrait, Wilford Roskelley (b. 1880) and Richard Roskelley (b. 1880). Sons of Samuel Roskelley by different wives 1885
1.06: Portrait, Richard Roskelley and his wife, Hilda Marie Johnson Roskelley
Photograph by Thomas and Odell, Logan, Utah
1.07: Portrait, twins Margaret and Martin Roskelley, children born to Mary Jane Rigby Roskelley (1895) 1902
1.08: Portrait, Mary Roberts Roskelley, wife of Samuel Roskelley (married 1865) 1905
1.09: Duplicate of #8 1905
1.10: Men standing outside the Smithfield Depot of the Utah Northern Railroad. One is possibly Martin Roskelley 1918
1.11: The Sego Milk plant at 400 West Center St., Smithfield. One of the men standing in front is Jacob Watson 1915
1.12: Oversized portrait, the sons of William Frederick Rigby, Sr.: William Eckersley Rigby; David Eckersley Rigby; Elmer Eckersley Rigby; Parley Rigby; Junius Rigby; James Eckersley Rigby; Henry Eckersley Rigby; Lorenzo Young Rigby; George Clark Rigby; Martin Clark Rigby; Joseph Eckersley Rigby 1915

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Kingsford, Margaret Roskelley, 1895-1966 -- Portraits.
  • Milk plants -- Utah -- Smithfield -- Photographs.
  • Mormon pioneers -- Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho) -- Portraits.
  • Mormon women -- Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho) -- Portraits.
  • Railroad stations -- Utah -- Smithfield -- Photographs.
  • Rigby family -- Portraits.
  • Roskelley Family
  • Roskelley family -- Portraits.
  • Roskelley, Hilda Marie Johnson, 1882-1971 -- Portraits.
  • Roskelley, Martin, 1895-1976 -- Portraits.
  • Roskelley, Mary Jane Rigby, 1857-1949 -- Portraits.
  • Roskelley, Mary Roberts, 1843-1927 -- Portraits..
  • Roskelley, Richard, 1880-1964 -- Portraits.
  • Roskelley, Samuel, 1837-1914 -- Portraits.
  • Roskelley, Wilford Woodruff, 1880-1939 -- Portraits.
  • Sego Milk Company (Smithfield, Utah) -- Photographs.
  • Smithfield Depot (Utah) -- Photographs.
  • Utah and Northern Railway Company -- Photographs.
  • Women pioneers -- Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho) -- Portraits.