Sunday, August 16, 2015

{History of Mapleton} Marquis De Lafayette “Mark” Perry (1879-1958) and Phoebe Jane Fullmer Perry (1882-1958)

This is from The History of Mapleton, by Ralph K. Harmer and Wendell B. Johnson, on page 168.

Marquis De Lafayette “Mark” Perry
Marquis or “Mark” Perry, tenth child of Stephen Chadwick and Mary Boggs Perry, was born November 6, 1879, at Springville, Utah. As a child, Mark and the other children came to live in Mapleton on the property exempted by his father under the Homestead act. His early religious training was acquired in Springville and Mapleton, but mostly under the gentle but firm tutelage of a devout mother. He was educated in the elementary school in the Perry home as well as the other schools which were provided to fill the need. As a young man he worked on the family farm, an occupation he pursued throughout his life. He enjoyed fine horses, stock raising, and the customary agricultural lifestyle. He married Phoebe Jane Fullmer on June 27, 1900, in the Salt Lake Temple. The young married couple were apportioned a piece of the original Perry homestead and built a home on the east corner of the property. They raised eight children: William Ferdinand, Marquis Delbert, Richard Curtis, Elma (who died in infancy), Thora, David, Mary Larie, and Erma.

Mark was well liked and respected by everyone in town. His personality was dominated by a cheerful, jovial disposition, but his children can attest that when they needed discipline, his countenance and demeanor could become very stern. On the other hand, Mark loved to sing, and his voice was heard at numerous community and church functions. He lived his entire life in Mapleton. When he died May 30, 1958, those who eulogized him extolled his honesty, common sense, fairness, willingness to work, solidity of character, and, in general, a life well spent.

Phoebe Jane Fullmer Perry
Wife of Mark Perry, was born April 1, 1882, at Mapleton, Utah. Her parents were William Price Fullmer and Maria Jane Curtis. As a child she learned the meaning of work on the family farm during her father’s absence in service to the Mormon church. She was educated in the North School, finished high school, and attended one year at the Brigham Young Academy. She was religiously active in church functions and served as a Relief Society instructor for almost 50 years. Characterized as a diligent, kind, and loving mother, she devoted her energy to respectable living, high principles, and teaching her children the same standards she adhered to throughout life. She died June 2, 1958, within a few days of her husband.

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