Anson Perry Winsor
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Dated by hand on clipping as:
Aug 1913.
Thursday, June 28, 1917.
..Y NEWS, ST. GEORGE, UTAH
Pioneer Honored
Sketch of Life of
    Anson Perry Winsor
    Anson P. Winsor celebrated his 95th birthday at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. David Hatch, this city, Tuesday.  At this party given in his honor there were present three sons, A. P. Winsor jr., of Enterprise, Joseph F. Winsor of Enterprise, Andrew N. Winsor of this city, and a daughter, Mrs. Lucy Hatch of this city.  Other descendants and a few temple workers made up a party of forty members.  Before supper the party was grouped on the lawn and a picture taken by John Stewart.
    Dinner was served at five o'clock and the various delicacies provided for the occasion were thoroughly enjoyed by the company.  After dinner a very interesting program was carried out.
    Anson P. Winsor is a Dixie pioneer, and despite his 95 years he is active and enjoys good health.  He has been an active temple worker for many years, and several of his fellow workers in this labor were with him on this occasion.  Mr. Winsor has living 7 children, 74 grandchildren and 77 great-grandchildren.
    That his days may be prolonged until he is satisfied that he has accomplished his mission on earth and the ending peaceful is the earnest desire of his many friends.
    Anson Perry Winsor died at St. George, June 17, 1917.  Was born August 19, 1818, at Jamestown, New York.  He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints May 15, 1842; was well acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith and acted as one of his bodyguard.  He married to Emeline Zenetta Brower March 20, 1842; emigrated to Utah in 1852, and was married to Mary Neilson in 1855 at Provo, Utah.  He was a pioneer to Provo and was elected a city councilman of that place in 1857.  He was appointed wagon-master of Young's Express Co. in 1857.  He had charge of company on march to Ft. Leavenworth, where he arrived May 1st of same year, from which place he wrote a letter to Pres. Brigham Young notifying him that Johnson's army was starting for Utah.  The letter was sent with A. O. Smoot who delivered it to Brigham Young on the 24th of July at the Celebration in Cottonwood Canyon.  He was sent to Echo Canyon Oct. 10, 1857, to assist in making fortifications to keep of Johnson's army.  The following spring he was sent up the same canyon with 300 men to release those who had been on duty during the winter.
    He was called to the Dixie mission in 1861, and settled at Grafton.  In 1863 he was appointed bishop of the Grafton Ward.  He was called to Pipe Springs in 1869 to build a fort against the Indians, to collect tithing cattle and take charge of them.  he was with parties who went the bodies of Whitmore and McIntyre who had been killed by the Indians.  He also took part in the battle with the Indians.
    He was called to St. George to work in the temple in 1877 and remained with this work as long as he was able to perform active service.  He was one of the first ordinance workers in the St. George temple, and performed baptisms foe the dead for more than one hundred thousand people.  He was 1st councilor to Bishop Chas. Terry of the 3rd ward in St. George for a number of years.
    He married Martha Ann Knight January 29, 1880.
    Was the father of eleven children, 96 grandchildren, 157 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
    He lived to the age of ninety-eight years and ten months.  He was very active until two days before his death and retained all his faculties.  He has been able to read without the aid of glasses until the last few months and until the very last he discussed all phases of the war.

This was taken from a photo copy of newspaper clippings given to Eric Winsor by his grandfather LaVar Winsor. The photocopy does not include the name of the paper the Aug 1913 clipping is from. The June 28, 1917 news clipping coes not contain the full name of the paper either, it is clipped at the "Y". Hence the name of the paper is given as "..Y NEWS, ST. GEORGE, UTAH".

The Pioneer Honored article of Aug 1913 mentions a photograph taken by John Stewart. If anyone knows the where abouts of this photo and can scan it, please inform us. We will post it with this article.


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