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Snowflake in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Jesse Nathaniel Smith

1834 -1906


— Pioneer Colonizer Church Leader Family-Man —

Jesse Nathaniel Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
1. Jesse Nathaniel Smith Marker
Inscription.  Born December 2, 1834 in Stockholm, New York, son of Silas and Mary Aikens Smith, and first cousin to the Prophet Joseph Smith, he crossed the great plains to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 with the Mormon pioneers. Called to help colonize Parowan in 1851, he acted as a scout and surveyor for church colony sites in southern Utah. He served as a city clerk, city councilman, mayor, and city magistrate of Parowan, District Attorney of Iron County, captain in the militia, a member of the Utah Territorial Legislature, and a member of the Parowan Stake Presidency – All before he had reached the age of twenty-six. Called on a mission to Denmark in 1860, he twice presided over the Scandianavian Mission. As a colonizer of Arizona in 1878, he was an LDS agent in purchasing and securing the townsites, land, and water rights of Snowflake, Taylor, and Woodruff from the Aztec Land and Cattle Company. In Snowflake he was a farmer, stockman, cooperative mercantile and bank organizer, a probate judge, and served in the Arizona Territorial Legislature. Widely traveled and self-educated, he amassed a large library and became conversant in five languages. He
Jesse Nathaniel Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
2. Jesse Nathaniel Smith Marker
served the Church in Arizona as the first president of the Eastern Arizona Stake from 1879 to 1887, and as the first president of the Snowflake Stake from 1887 until his death June 5, 1906. He was called by the church leaders to be a patriarch and to practice the principle of plural marriage. His five loving and devoted wives bore his forty-four worthy children. We, his descendents numbering more than 6,000, salute this great man for his leadership, his industry, his integrity, and his faith!

(Lower Marker Reads:)
( This monument, erected in 1968 by the Jesse N. Smith Family Organization, marks the site of the old log cabin built by Jesse N. Smith in 1881, which served as his office as President of the Eastern Arizona and Snowflake Stakes.)
Erected 1968 by Jesse N. Smith Family Organization.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 34° 30.546′ N, 110° 4.95′ W. Marker is in Snowflake, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is at the intersection of West Center Street and North 2nd Street West, on the right when traveling west on West Center Street. The marker is located on the southwest corner. Touch for map. Marker is at or near
Smith Memorial Home image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
3. Smith Memorial Home
this postal address: 241 West Center Street, Snowflake AZ 85937, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Snowflake Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hatch Bros. General Store (approx. 3.1 miles away); A.Z. Palmer and Sons (approx. 3.1 miles away); G. & D. Hatch Mercantile (approx. 3.1 miles away); Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (approx. 3.1 miles away); Shumway Schoolhouse (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Mauretta B. Thomas Pinedale Memorial Bridge (approx. 16.6 miles away); Pinedale School Bell (approx. 16.9 miles away).
Also see . . .  Biography of Jesse Nathaniel Smith. (Submitted on October 9, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 945 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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