George Burton Flake

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George Burton Flake

  • Birth 16 Apr 1875 Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, USA
  • Death 6 Jul 1878 Joseph City, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Joseph City, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
  • Plot Block 1, Section 4, Lot 3
  • Memorial ID 66344836

Son of William Jordan Flake and Lucy Hannah White

George George Burton Flake was 3 years old and died 6 July 1878 in Allen's Camp, Arizona. The next day they drove five miles to Saint Joseph and buried him there on the 7th. On July 19th the family moved to Silver Creek. Saint Joseph no longer exists.

Joseph City was settled in 1876 by colonists from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This band of 73 pioneers was led by Captain William C. Allen. They traveled to the Little Colorado River basin of Arizona. Joseph City was one of four Little Colorado River colonies. The other colonies were Brigham City, Sunset, and Obed. Joseph City is the only remaining colony.

The hardest trial for the new colonists was trying to get water for their crops. This meant that they had to try and tame the Little Colorado River. This was difficult due to the flooding season that would destroy dams along the river.The first dam was built in 1876, shortly after the colonists arrived in the area. For the next eighteen years the colonists built ten more dams. The eleventh dam was built in 1894. This dam lasted for twenty-nine years. In 1923, the eleventh dam was destroyed and the colonists were forced to build a new dam. This dam still currently stands and directs water to the inhabitants still in the city.

The name of the colony changed two times since its colonization. The area settled by Captain Allen's group was called Allen's Camp, in honor of their leader. There was a name change in January 1878 to St. Joseph. This change was brought about when the Little Colorado Stake was organized. This name was suggested in order to honor Joseph Smith founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. In 1923 there was a final name change to Joseph City. Due to mail and freight shipment, confusions the Santa Fe Railway, that also ran through Saint Joseph, Missouri, asked that St. Joseph, Arizona change its name. The residents of the town voted and the name became Joseph City.



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  • Created by: SMSmith
  • Added: 1 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66344836
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Burton Flake (16 Apr 1875–6 Jul 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66344836, citing Joseph City Cemetery, Joseph City, Navajo County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .