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About Winslow Farr Smith

Winslow Farr Smith.

By Elder Orson F. Whitney, of the Council of the Twelve

The newly appointed President of the Northern States Mission is a native son of Utah, a typical product of the brain and brawn, spirit and environment, of the original founders of this commonwealth. He is a scion of two well known pioneer families, a fact attested by the very name he bears. His grandfather, George A. Smith, a cousin to Joseph the Prophet, was a member of the Pioneer Company led by President Brigham Young to Salt Lake Valley in July, 1847. His mother's father, Lorin Farr, was also an early settler in these parts.

"With such forbears as these, and

a line of ancestors equally worthy, it is not strange that Winslow should manifest, as he always has done, a love for the Truth, the magnet that drew to the lifted Ensign of the Last Dispensation stalwarts like his two grandsires, men of the staunchest faith and integrity. Born at Salt Lake City January 19, 1881, and named for his great grandfather, Winslow Farr, our subject, under the careful tutelage of his goodly parents, was trained in the religion of his fathers, and from childhood has been a consistent exponent of its principles. What more could be .said for the moral or spiritual life of any man? From his father, Honorable John Henry Smith, who presided over the Convention that gave to Utah her State Constitution, and later became one of the First Presidency of the Church, Winslow inherited those genial qualities that constitute was is termed "a good mixer"—a man able to meet, mingle with, and favorably impress other men—a quality invaluable in a missionary, or in a "traveling man" representing important business interests— Winslow's most recent secular vocation. The cheery smile, the hearty handshake, the soul brimming over with good nature and kindly feeling —these and other amiable characteristics are possessed in a marked degree by the man chosen to preside over the mission named at the opening of this article.

To the power of winning men by personal magnetism, Elder Smith adds the choice gifts of speaker and singer—gifts developed by training and experience, both at home and in the mission field. For be it known that he is no tyro in the service of the Master. He has preached the Gospel in European countries—notably in Switzerland and Germany, where he acquired a knowledge of the Teutonic tongue. This was while President Heber J. Grant, then one of the Twelve Apostles, had charge of the European Mission. The present writer has heard President Grant say, on more than one occasion, that Winslow Farr Smith was one of the most faithful and most efficient of the missionaries laboring under his direction. His singing voice is a fine rich baritone, well cultivated and unusually effective.

The responsibilities that came with marriage found him well fitted

for that part of his earthly career. He is a model husband and father, possessing to the full the affection and confidence of his wife and children. His kind thoughtfulness for his companion and for his growing brood of little ones, a trait manifested in a hundred ways, has endeared him to them with the most tender ties.

Winslow possesses the rare "knack" of interesting children. He knows how to gain and keep their good will, even while curbing and correcting them. A play upon his abbreviated name—"Win"—would almost be pardonable in this connection.. His aptitude in that line, with his musical abilities, made him a valuable acquisition to the Sunday School of the ward in which he resides—the 18th of Salt Lake City—and his retirement from that position will be much regretted by his associates and the people generally.

Mrs. Emily Whitney Smith, who goes with her husband into the mission field, is also widely known and appreciated for her genial nature. Intelligent, witty, with a keen sense of humor, these and other social accomplishments make her the life of every gathering that includes her. She is a natural mother, with excellent government over her children, and as a housekeeper is unsurpassed. Her many noble, womanly qualities have won for her a host of friends.

President and Mrs. Winslow F. Smith will be greatly missed in the community that produced them: but the Northern States Mission is to be congratulated upon the choice of such worthy successors to Brother and Sister Ellsworth, the retiringincumbents of the Mission headquarters in Chicago.

Name: Winslow Farr SMITH

Given Name: Winslow Farr

Surname: Smith

Sex: M

_UID: 6592E2728A5E6B43A20CFFE1D887DA20C89B

Change Date: 4 Jul 2006 1 2 3 4

Birth: 19 JAN 1881 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Death: 25 DEC 1966 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Burial: 30 DEC 1966 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Father: John Henry SMITH b: 18 SEP 1848 in Carbunca (Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa

Mother: Sarah FARR b: 30 OCT 1849 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Marriage 1 Emily WHITNEY b: 29 JAN 1885 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah c: 6 FEB 1885 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married: 7 JUN 1906 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Sealing Spouse: 7 JUN 1906


Winslow Whitney SMITH
second SMITH
Dorothy SMITH b: 26 NOV 1910 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Virginia Farr SMITH


Abbrev: GEDCOM file imported on 20 Oct 2003

Title: GEDCOM file submitted by Anita Peterson

Abbrev: GEDCOM file imported from David Allen Wells

Title: GEDCOM file from David Allen Wells , Created on 20 OCT 2003. Imported on 24 Oct Created on 20 OCT 2003. Imported on 24 Oct 2003.

Abbrev: Ancestral File (TM)

Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (TM). June 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998une 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998.


Name: Family History Library

Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA


Name: Family History Library

Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA

Abbrev: LDS Historical database by Vern Taylor

Title: LDS Historical database compiled by Vern Taylor Dec 2003

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Winslow Farr Smith's Timeline

January 19, 1881
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
November 26, 1910
Age 29
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
December 25, 1966
Age 85
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
December 30, 1966
Age 85
Salt Lake City, UT, USA