|Birth: ||Oct. 13, 1875|
|Death: ||May 14, 1943|
Obituary from the Rigby Star, May 1943
The death last Friday evening of John Monroe Bright, familiarly known as 'Roe,' was a deep loss, not only to his home and loved ones, but to this community.
Mr. Bright had recently been hospitalized at Idaho Falls for treatment of a heart ailment. He recovered sufficiently to be removed home where many friends and neighbors called often to visit with him. On May 9th it became necessary to remove him to the hospital where he steadily lost a gallant fight. His one desire was to enjoy life until his loved daughter and grandson and granddaughter arrived from California. It was only a matter of hours after a visit with them that death released him.
Mr. Bright was born in Richmond, Utah, October 13, 1875, being some 67 years of age - a man still young in years. His boyhood years were spent close to the frontier and rugged pioneering in Cache Valley. He grew up in the skill of good horsemanship and through life has shown a deep love for his animals.
In his early twenties he came to Idaho, lured by the freighter tales of the placer mines. With team and wagon he followed the old freighter trails through a wilderness of sage brush and desert, camping at the well known sites of Eagle Rocks, Market Lake, the old water hole at Mud Lake, and out through the scenic wonder of the Salmon River country. He worked the placer mines there and in the meadow hay and then headed on toward the lead ore mines of Virginia City, Montana. About this time many settlers were claiming the dry farm lands at Marysville so he filed on a 160 acre claim which he later relinquished for a farm and stock ranch on the Teton River at Teton City.
His marriage to Amy M. Johnson, of Richmond, Utah, occurred in the spring of 1902 at Logan. The trip by team and covered wagon required six days time and housekeeping started in a one-room house. They reared their children here, a son and two daughters. He became highly esteemed in the Teton Valley.
In 1922 he purchased the Dan Adams home and farm just west of town where the family has since resided. From pioneering the hard way up, he has achieved success and stands foremost among our prosperous farmers and owners of fine dairy herds.
He has served for many years on school boards both at Teton and at Rigby. He has also been a commissioner of the Pioneer Cemetery District. In a political way, the Democratic party has felt his keen interest and influence. Irrigation projects have been bettered through his efforts. His church at all times has received his generous contribution in both his time and means. He has indeed been a faithful Latter-day Saint.
His outstanding trial was his deep devotion to his home and family. He was especially fond of his grandchildren. If you measure a person by disposition and personality, 'Roe' possessed a contagious mirth and humor about him that endeared everyone to him. No finer tributes will ever he paid to one than those expressed by friends and neighbors and acquaintances of many years throughout the length and breadth of this valley. Our deepest sympathy goes to the family of 'Roe' Bright.
He is survived by his wife and three children: Clifford Monroe, living on the home farm; Mrs. Delbert Kinghorn, Rigby Route 1 and Mrs Murray C. Harper, Los Angeles, California. There are also two grandsons and eight granddaughters surviving him. There have been no deaths in the immediate family until this parting occurred.
The following sisters and brothers also survive him: Flora Stock, Lewiston, Utah; Cordelia Wheeler, Preston Idaho; Elsie Allen, Rigby; Martha McKinnie Allen, Logan, Utah; Charles Bright, Teton, Idaho; Zaloma Stowell, Logan, Utah; also a half-brother George Bright, Lewiston, Utah, and three half-sisters.
Isaac Preston Bright (1844 - 1917)
Cordelia Hussey Brower Bright (1857 - 1886)
Amy Maria Johnson Bright (1879 - 1964)
Clifford Monroe Bright (1903 - 1987)*
Melba Maria Bright Kinghorn (1906 - 1988)*
Cordelia Bright Harper (1910 - 1990)*
Mary Florence Bright Stocks (1867 - 1960)**
Clara Ann Bright (1869 - 1870)**
Isaac Preston Bright (1871 - 1928)**
John Monroe Bright (1875 - 1943)
Cordelia Etta Bright Wheeler (1877 - 1972)*
Elsie Elizabeth Bright Allen (1880 - 1948)*
Martha McKinnie Bright Aller (1881 - 1954)*
Charles Minet Bright (1884 - 1953)*
Zaloma Bright Stowell (1886 - 1968)*
Harriet Susan Bright (1887 - 1890)**
Elda Bright Smith (1889 - 1962)**
George Bright (1890 - 1972)**
Zora Bright Payne (1897 - 1918)**
Zola Bright (1897 - 1897)**
Sarah Matilda Bright Miles (1900 - 1979)**
Nettie Bright Payne (1903 - 1991)**
Rigby Pioneer Cemetery
Plot: Lot 1, Block 2, Grave 7
GPS (lat/lon): 43.67156, -111.89677
Maintained by: 46588789
Originally Created by: Collins Crapo
Record added: May 16, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10973631