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Description: L.D.S. Worker and Pioneer Succumbs Samuel C. Parkinson, Early Resident of Idaho, Held Prominent Positions

Date: May 21 1922

Newspaper published in: Salt Lake City, UT

Page/Column: 22

L.D.S. Worker and Pioneer Succumbs Samuel C. Parkinson, Early Resident of Idaho, Held Prominent Positions

Samuel C. Parkinson, 69, for more than 50 years a prominent figure in business and church circles in Utah and Idaho, died at a local hospital Saturday after an illness of ten days.

Mr. Parkinson was born at St. Louis, Mo., February 23, 1853. He was the oldest son of Samuel Rose Parkinson and Arrabella Ann Chandler Parkinson. He removed to Kaysville with his parents in 1854 and in 1860 the family settled in Franklin, Idaho. They were among a half dozen families which comprised the first settlers of this community, which is recognized as the oldest white settlement of the state.

He was largely responsible for the establishment of Idaho Day, a State holiday commemorating the establishment of this settlement.

In 1884 he became engaged in missionary work for the L.D.S. Church, spending a year in the Southern states and was laboring in Tennessee at the time of the assassination of Gibbs and Berry, Mormon missionaries. Upon his return, he entered the high council of Oneida stake. Later, in 1893, he filled a mission for the church in the Northwestern states. From 1907 to 1918 he served as bishop of Franklin, Idaho.

For many years he had been engaged in the sheep and cattle business in the Gem State and was connected prominently with pioneering of irrigation in southern Idaho.

He was also county commissioner of Franklin County, Idaho, for four years; vice president of the Idaho State and Savings Bank of Preston, Idaho; vice president of the Federal State bank of Preston, Idaho; director of the Great Western Livestock Company of this city; director of the Aerial Cushion Tire Company of Ogden and director of the Utah-Idaho Hospital of Logan.

Mr. Parkinson is survived by his widow and the following twelve sons and daughters: Mrs. George Hobbs, Samuel W. Parkinson, president of the Franklin stake of the L.D.S. Church; Miss May Parkinson, Albert H. Parkinson, Leonard G. Parkinson, Bernice R. Parkinson and Roland H. Parkinson of Franklin, Idaho; Mrs. Fred Borssard of Idaho Falls; Mrs. Harold E. Smoot of Provo; Raymond C. Parkinson, Miss Myrtle Parkinson and Miss Roma Parkinson of this city.

The body will be removed to Franklin, Idaho, for burial.

Submitted: 07/20/14

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