Alonzo Pearis Raymond Passes Away
Alonzo Pearis Raymond died at his home at Smithfield at 6:30 o'clock Sunday morning. Old age was the cause of his death which had been expected for some time. He was 85 years old, had lived in Cache Valley and at Smithfield 44 years, was one of the few surviving members of the Mormon Batallion and one of the oldest and most respected pioneers of the county.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at 3 o'clock from the Smithfield Tabernacle and the interment will be at the Smithfield cemetery.
Alonzo P. Raymond was born at Bristol, Vermont, February 14, 1819 and while yet a boy working on his father's farm was converted to the faith of the Latter-Day Saints under the ministry of Ezra Chase and Isaac Chase and was baptized by Sisson A. Chase. He immediately made up his mind to join the saints in Illinois and went by boat to Buffalo, N. Y. and thence across the countey [country] to Nauvoo. Here he was married to his first wife, Clarinda Cutler. His parents followed him to Nauvoo in the same year and his mother was baptized in the Church. While following the Saints in their hegira [exodus] to the west, he was one of the first to respond to the call of the United States for the Mexican war and was a member of the famous Mormon Batallion. At that time he was in poor health. Heber C. Kimball promised him that he would return to his wife and parents sound and well and this prophecy was fully realized. With the other soldiers he was mustered out of service in California. He reached Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Then he went back to the Missouri river for his wife and parents. On his return to Utah he lived at Salt Lake City for a while and later had a home at Jordan and at Lehi for eight or ten years. From Lehi he moved to Plain City for a short time and then moved to Smithfield in 1860, where he spent the remainder of a long and useful life.
His first wife died in 1862 and in June of the following year he married Miss Zilpha Noble, who surrives [survives] him.
Mr. Raymond built the first saw mill at Smithfield and was one of the builders of the first grist mill at that place. He was surperintendent [superintendent] of the first co-operative store in the town and was for years a member of the city council.
He was the father of 20 children fifteen of whom are living. One of these, Mrs Will Bowen resides in Logan.
By the death of Alonzo Pearis Raymond there is removed from the stage of action, a path finder, a pioneer, a patriot and a Christian. Following the fortunes of the saints, in all their vicissitudes, to Nauvoo, to Kirtland, across desert wastes and innumerable sand dunes, over river and mountain, by his fortitude and industry he carved out a home in the mountains and helped to make the desert blossom as a rose. He was one of those who conquered the wilderness and fashioned the state.
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