Sunday, July 28, 2019

Reuben Thomas Rhees by Harvey L Taylor

Link to scan of Reuben Thomas Rhees by Harvey L Taylor.   This document is a thorough treatment of the life of Reuben Thomas Rhees.  It is 144 pages, and has many pictures.

Life sketch:
Reuben Thomas Rhees was born near the site of the present day Ogden Union station, 18 November 1867. He is the oldest child born to Charles Horatio Rhees and Eliza Parratt. He and his father planted the trees which now grow near the yard office of the railroad station.
Reuben was one of the most prominent beekeepers in the state of Utah and was the first bee inspector in Weber County, during 1889-90. He helped found the Utah State Beekeepers Institute and served as secretary of the Utah State Beekeepers Association for many years. He later served as vice president of the association (in 1911).
 Reuben was a prominent member of the Republican Party of Weber County, and served as Justice of the Peace of Pleasant View from 1907 to 1921. He was elected a member of the Fourteenth Legislature for the State of Utah, and served as representative from 1920-1921.
Reuben was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities. He served with the young men as a leader in the Young Men’s M.I.A. and also in the Sunday School organization. Reuben served as president of the 38th Quorum of Seventies from 1900-1901. In 1901 Reuben was called to serve as first counselor to Charles Hickenlooper in the Pleasant View Ward. When the Ogden Stake of Zion was organized, Reuben was called as a member of first high council of the stake. Reuben served a mission for the L.D.S. Church in the eastern states from 1896 to 1898 and again in southern Utah in 1899. Reuben was later called to serve as bishop, a calling he held for eleven years.
Reuben married Mary Rebecca Tucker (Molly) in the Logan Temple 8 February 1894. Ten children were born to this union (Lucelle Eliza, Mary Emma, Helen Elizabeth, Flora Grace, Reuben George, Earl John, Mildred, Pearl, Raymond Charles and Delsa).
Reuben and Mary provided a loving and comfortable home for their children. Reflecting on her childhood Mary wrote the following: “How invigorating was the walk to the woodpile. I can still hear the crowing of the rooster, feel the freshly scented air in my nostrils, and see the patches of green and brown in the peaceful valley below. And with a feeling of security in my heart, would whisper the lines from Browning’s Pippa Passes,’…God’s in His heaven, All’s right with the world.’”
Reuben passed away 17 February 1936 in Pleasant View, Utah. He is buried in the Ben Lomond Cemetery in North Ogden, Utah, next to his beloved Molly.

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