GEORGE ERASTUS KIRKHAM
George Erastus, first born of George and Mary Russon Kirkham, was born 14th Sept 1873 in Lehi, Utah, and died 5 Mar 1928 and was buried in Lehi, Utah. He married Mary Ann Briggs 25 Nov 1896 in Lehi, Utah, daughter of Samuel and Emma Thomas Briggs. She was born 6 October 1876 in Lehi, Utah and died 21st February 1955 in Orem, Utah, and buried in Lehi, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt lake temple.
George spent his youth in Lehi, attending school and church along with his brothers and sisters. He was baptized on his eight birthday 14 Sep 1881 by his father. He was kind and helpful to his mother and father and brothers and sisters.
He was a natural born craftsman. He was apt at drawing, carving and printing. His daughter Norma Dee has a rolling pin that he made when he was in the Primary Association.
At the age of twelve he was employed by the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, Lehi, Utah, as messenger boy and re remained with the company the remainder of his life. Soon after his marriage, George was transferred from Lehi to Logan, Utah to assist in erecting a sugar factory in that city. Upon completion of the factory, he was employed as General Foreman. He remained in that position for five years and was then transferred to Greeley, Colorado. While in Greeley, their home was always open to the Mormon Missionaries with whom he and his family had much joy and happiness. In 1907 he received a rush call to go to Raymond, Alberta, Canada, to be general foreman at the Sugar Factory there. The next move was to Layton, Utah, where he was engaged as Superintendent of the Sugar Factory. Two years later they were transferred to Moroni, Utah, where he was engaged as Superintendent of the new Sugar Factory there. Later he was transferred back to Layton, Utah, factory. Finally, the family settled in Provo, Utah, to be near the Brigham Young University, where the children of college age could continue their education. George was a family man and loved his home, his wife and children. He was a faithful Latter-Day=-Saint and fulfilled every assignment given him.
Children of George E. and Mary Ann Briggs Kirkham
Meldon Clara Kirkham Christensen
Roscoe George Kirkham,
Clarence Albert Kirkham
Norma Dee Kirkham Jaeson
Myrtle Mamie Kirkham
Maxine Kirkham Larson
Dean B. Kirkham
Mary B. Kirkham Purdy
Clyde William Kirkham