Arthur Maxwell

Biographical Record of Salt Lake City and Vicinity, National Historical Record Co., Chicago, 1902, P. 270-271. (See

ARTHUR MAXWELL, Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for the Peoa Ward. Summit Stake of Zion. A native of Utah himself, he comes from that sturdy Scotch stock which has been an honor to every country where they have settled. His father, Arthur Maxwell, was born in Scotland in 1825. When a young man, he became interested in the doctrines and principles of the Mormon Church, and after a thorough investigation he became convinced of its correctness and authenticity and cast his lot with the fortunes of that faith, and for man years was President of the Glasgow branch of the Church, before coming to America. In 1856 he sailed for America on the vessel John M. Wood, and that same year came to Utah. crossing the plains as a member of the famous hand cart brigade. He located at West Jordan, where he spent the first winter, and at the time of the general southward movement of the Church, caused by the entrance of Johnston’s army into the Salt Lake valley, he moved to Spanish Fork, and after a time went to live in Goshen. From the latter place he returned to West Jordan, and in 1864 went to Peoa, and there took up farming. in which occupation he remained for the balance of his life. He was ordained high Priest and set apart as Counselor to Bishop Abraham Marchant, retaining that position until his death in 1872, at the age of forty-seven years. At the time of his death Mr. Maxwell was one of the best-known and most prominent men of his community. His wife was Elizabeth (McAuslin) Maxwell. She is still living and has been the mother of six children, four of whom are now living—Arthur, our subject; Jane Ann, wife of John A. Marchant ; Elizabeth, wife of Abraham H. Marchant, and Catherine, wife of John R. Marchant.

Bishop Maxwell was born at West Jordan, December 14. 1858, and was but six years of age when his parents moved to Peoa. He grew to manhood in this place, working on his father’s farm in the summer months and attending the district school for a few weeks in winter. He was about fourteen years of age when his father died, and since then has had to make his own way in the world. He has followed the business of farming and stock raising, paying particular attention to the latter industry and raising a high grade of cattle.

In 1882 he married Miss Wealthy Ann Casper of Big Cottonwood. The have a family of five children—Bethia B., Duncan A., William, Matilda and John.

Mr. Maxwell has been prominent in the public life of Peoa since he reached his majority, and has filled a number of public offices. He was born and reared in the Mormon faith, and has been all his life a consistent and faithful worker in the Church. He was ordained an Elder, and was later a member of the Twenty-Second Quorum of the Seventies, later becoming one of the Seven Presidents of that body. On May 1, 1901, he was ordained a High Priest and set apart as Bishop of the Ward. He labored in the Southern States for two years as a missionary, being called in 1888. In 1900 he was sent out as a Mutual missionary to Saint George Stake, he being the only one sent out at that time from Summit Stake. In business life he is a prominent and well known figure, and has been one of the staunch supporters of the irrigation system in Summit county. He was at one time President of the South Bench Irrigation Company, in which he now holds the office of vice-president, and is also interested in the system for irrigation of the upper Bench. His whole life having practically been spent here, he has been identified with the growth and progress of the place, and is today regarded as one of the solid and substantial citizens of Summit county.

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