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 Sarah <I>Johnson</I> Peterson

Sarah Johnson Peterson

Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah, USA
Death 8 Jul 1950 (aged 83)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Plot A.23.02.02
Memorial ID 33856 · View Source
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1950 Utah Death Certificate

Sarah Johnson age 83
Sarah (James Nicholai) Peterson
Postmistress 5 years

1870 Census St Thomas, Pahute, Nevada
J N Johnson 30
Nelly Johnson 34
Elna Johnson 34
Sarah Johnson 4
Colonizers sent by B. Young

1880 Census Richfield, Utah
J Nicholai Johnson 40
Anna Sophia Johnson 37
William Johnson 11
Marie Johnson 9
James Johnson 2
Christina Johnson 2
Elna Johnson 45, wife
Sarah Johnson 13, daughter
Next house, James M Peterson

1900 Census Richfield, Sevier, Utah
Ivah Peterson 33, widow 1 child, 1 living
Una Elithe Peterson 2
James M Peterson 20, step-son, bank president
Own home
Next door
Ellen Johnson 65, 3 child. 1 living

1910 Census Richfield, Sevier, Utah
Sarah Peterson 43, widow, own income
Elithe Peterson 12
Elna Johnson 74, widow, mother, grandmother
Own home, Main Street & 2nd South

1920 Cesus Richfield, Utah
Christopher J Sumner 28, Mgr drygoods store
Elithe P Sumner 22
Scharf S Sumner 4y 6mos
Sarah Peterson 53, (Elithe's mother)
Elna Johnson 84, (Elithe's grandmother)

1940 Census Richfield, Sevier, Utah
Sarah Peterson* 73, widow
Rhodea Lay 23 lodger teacher summer school
Own home, Main Street

1950 Obituary Richfield, Utah
Richfield's Oldest Pioneer Dies
Services Tuesday Pay Tribute
to Sarah Peterson

Impressive funeral rites for Mrs. Sarah Johnson Peterson, 83, were conducted Tuesday afternoon in the Richfield LDS first ward with Bishop Ellis Christensen of the Fourth ward officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Neal S. Magleby Mortuary.

Mrs. Peterson died in a Salt Lake hosital Saturday where she had been ill for two weeks. She had spent a week visiting her daughter, Mre. Elithe Sumner when she became ill, and was taken to the hospital.

She was born October 12, 1866 in Brigham City, a daughter of James Nicholia and Elna Johnson. When she was 14 days old, the family left by ox team for Moapa Valley, Arizona [Nevada] where they were called to colonize. They lived there until 1871 when they came to Richfield. She has made her home here since. At the time of her death she had lived in Richfield longer than any other person.

She was postmaster of Richfield for 5 years, resigning in 1896 to marry James Martin Peterson, also one of Richfield's early pioneers. It was not their lot to be happy long as he passed away on their third wedding anniversary. Aunt Sarah as she loved to be called, was active in helping organize the Daughters of Utah Pioneer camps throughout Sevier county. She was also secretary of the Sevier County Red Cross during World War I. Her son-in-law served in that war and her grandson served in World War II.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Elithe P. Sumner; her grandson, Scharf Sumner and three great grandchildren.
She helped to rear 4 nieces, Mrs. W. D. Christensen and Mrs. Mack Palmer of Richfield, Mrs. W. B. Marvin and Mrs. Martin Nelson of California. She is also survived by two half-sisters, Mrs. Sophia Brandley of Alberta, Canada and Mrs. Nellie Cunningham of Long Beach, California.

Bishop Christensen and Dr. L. A. Poulson, speakers at the Services, paid high tribute to her unconquerable spirit, thrift and unassuming generosity. Musical numbers were her two favorite humns, Oh Ye Mountains High and Home Sweet Home, sung by the Fourth ward choir. Prayers were by Ernest Nelson and Rev. Franklin Elser.

Burial was in the Richfield cemetery where Eldon Sumner dedicated the grave.

Pallbearers were E. H. Street, Frank Pace, Jason Beals, John B. McMillan, Frank G Martines and J. Vernon Erickson.
Utah, Richfield Reaper, 13 July 1950

James Lorenzo Johnson
Niels Oscar Johnson

Half Siblings:
William H Johnson
James Nich. Johnson 1878-1926 MT
Nellie Johnson Cunningham 1878-1952
Clara S Johnson Brandley 1881-1961
Walter Johnson 1882-1939

Grandson: Scharf S Sumner 1915-1989

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
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