Sunday, September 21, 2014


My name is Lois Elkington.

I am the great-granddaughter of Justus Moore (JM) Boyden and; Elenora (Elinora, Nora, etc.) Jorgensen.

My grandmother Helen Elizabeth Boyden Elkington was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah and collected three photo albums.

I have scanned her albums and other photos she obtained.

I would love to share with your terrific museum these family treasures.

Attached I have included a family tree for your reference.

Justus Moore (JM) Boyden had a brother Moses Alphonzo (MA)Boyden who assisted him at the Pyramid newspaper.

He also worked for the railroad and ran a newspaper in Manti before moving to the state of Washington where he became the publisher of the newspaper there.

MA Boyden married Hannah Lena Madsen who was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

I have attached the following:

      1) Family of George Washington Boyden - father of Justus Moore and Moses Alphonzo Boyden.
                           Both sons moved to Utah and lived in Mt. Pleasant, married girls from Mt. Pleasant.

       2) Information about MA Boyden found in the newspaper at his death.

Majority of the information here was obtained through the Indian Valley Museum in Taylorsville, California.
from Bob Crawford a 3rd cousin I located through

I discovered a book (Vol. I) in the basement of my grandmother's house after she passed.
I kept wondering where Volumes I and II were.
Then started thumbing through and after looking up Elkington  and other names, I checked Boyden.
Bingo, there was my great-great-grandfather Justus Moore Boyden.

Attached, you will find scanned pages from that book:

UTAH - A Centennial History
Personal &  Family History
Volume III
Lewis Historical Publishing Company Inc.  
New York  

 I have also attached his obituary that I discovered this summer (2014).

Lois Elkington

The Salt Lake Tribune 11 October 1958 - page 48
Heart Ailment takes life of Ex-Teacher, Mayor
 Justus Moore (J.M.) Boyden
SANDY—Justus Moore Boyden, 89, 16 W. 1st North, former Sandy mayor and former music supervisor of the Jordan School District, d i e d Thursday at 9:45 p.m. in a Salt Lake hospital of congestive heart failure. Mr. B o y d e n was also one of the founders of the Mt. Pleasant Pyramid, editor and publisher for more than 20 years, and was Mt. Pleasant city recorder six years. He organized the Utah National Guard Band as a lieutenant, and was conductor of it for a number of years.
PROMINENT in the Republican Party, he was former chairman of the Sandy city voting district and chairman of the 18th legislative district, and secretary of the party in Mt. Pleasant for several years.
Born Dec. 4, 1868, in Indian Valley, Plumas County, Calif., he was a son of George W. and Marie Price Boyden. He married Nora Jorgensen, of Mt. Pleasant in 1892. She died in 1937. He married Pearl Wilson in 1950 in the Salt Lake Temple, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In 1912 he sold the Pyramid and became a music instructor at North Sanpete High School, Mt. Pleasant. He also served on the board of education there for three years.
The year the Republican Party was organized in Utah, he traveled through the southern part of the state with Frank J. Cannon, Reed Smoot and George Sutherland, later U.S. senators from Utah, and Heber M. Wells, later Utah governor.
He retired as Jordan District music supervisor in 1937, was elected a member of the Jordan Board of Education in 1939, and served two terms. In 1947 he wins elected Sandy mayor. He served through 1949.
Surviving are his widow; one son and one daughter, George P. Boyden, Colorado. Springs, Colo.; Mrs. Helen B. Elkington, Sandy; five- grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and three sisters in California.
Salt Lake Tribune – 12 October 1958  page 111

Service Monday For One-Time Chief of Sandy
Special to The Tribune
SANDY — Funeral services for Justus Moore Boyden, 89, 16 W. 1st North, will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. at 8090 S. State.
Mr. Boyden was former Sandy mayor and music supervisor of the Jordan School District. He died Thursday at 9:45 p.m. in a Salt Lake hospital of congestive heart failure.
Friends may call at the place of services Sunday from 6 to p.m. and Monday prior to services.
Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. 

How wonderful for Lois to Share.


We hope more will do the same !!!

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