Tuesday, July 19, 2011



by Bessie Laverne Fillerup
Leah, daughter of George and Mary Russon Kirkham, was born 22 May 1887 in Lehi, Utah, and died 4 Feb 1920 in American Fork, Utah, and is buried in American Fork, Utah. She married Stephen Lyman Anderson 12 May 1909 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Later she was endowed in the Salt Lake Temple. He was the son of Emil Anderson and Sophia Anderson. He was born 10th Aug 1885 in American Fork, Utah, and died 3 Dec 1940 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was buried in American Fork, Utah.

Leah received her early education in the elementary schools of Lehi where she was accompanied by her sisters. Her childhood was spent happily doing her parents bidding in attending church duties and learning the ways of the Gospel. Leah was baptized on her eighth birthday by her father. Leah loved the songs of Zion and was a member of the Fourth Ward Choir that had thirteen relatives as members and that her father was leader for twenty years. (A picture of this choir exists.)

Leah always loved to tell the story about her father being a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and that he went with them to the Chicago World’s Fair Exposition and upon his return, he made a concert tour of Southern Utah with his little daughters, Leah and Maude, furnishing music and song and displaying a picture of the choir and lecturing about it’s famous Chicago trip.

Leah and Stephen and family made their home in American Fork, Utah, and remained there the rest of her life.

Children of Stephen Lyman and Leah Kirkham Anderson

Emil Anderson

Wayne Lyman Anderson

Miles Alvin Anderson

Vilda Anderson Phillips

Leo James Anderson

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