Jul. 31, 1956 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA
The following is excerpted from a book on citizens of American Fork, Utah:
JOHN L. FIRMAGE
"John Firmage was from Utah, but his parents were Scotch. Around 1908 he married Edna Chipman, who was the daughter of Alphonso and Fanny (Dilworth) Chipman. John was of short build (5' 6"), and manager of J.C. Penney Store in American Fork. He also played the stock market, and became a millionaire."
They had five children: John H. (1909-1978) m. Roberta Davis; Alphonso (1912-1913); William Hoag (1914-1947) (d. age 33) m. Georgia Nuttall; Louise (1916-1939) died age 23 of ruptured appendix while her parents were in Mexico (never married); and Edna Mae (b. 1920) m. George Richards. It seems that great wealth did not make for a very happy family, with three children dead at a relatively young age.
"Around 1944, during the War, a large temporary plaque had been installed in the foyer of the Second Ward, honoring all of the area soldiers who had served in the War. But it partly obscured a wall placque honoring Firmage for his contribution to the building fund (amounting to perhaps $100,000). Enraged, he pulled the wooden soldier's plaque down on the floor, in front of a rather large crowd of dismayed and shocked people there. Firmage later moved to the Salt Lake area, where he owned a large Nehi Bottling Plant."