Anson Vasco Call, II

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About Anson Vasco Call, II

Ancestry: Anson Vasco II (Anson Vasco + Charlotte Holbrook, Anson + Mary Flint , Cyril + Sally Tiffany [er] , Joseph + Mary Sanderson, Samuel + Abigail Sprague, John [Capt] + Martha Lowden, John [Ensign] + Hannah Kettel, Thomas + Bennet Harrison, John + Ann Lmu) Call [Caule and Calle also sometimes used] Thomas and Bennet Calle + 3 children came from Hernhill Faversham, Kent, England ,to Charleston, Massachusetts, sometime in 1637 on board the ship Hercules which left Sandwich England In April 1637. English genealogy of Call's is not very well known. Best early on-line Call genealogy in the U.S. is probably done by the Sprague Project. They got an excellent start from "The Spragues of Malden Massachusetts" book published 1934 (available through Ancestry and at SLC genealogy library) which has much early Call genealogy (Samuel Call married Abigail Sprague). Joseph Call was a Revolutionary war soldier from Vermont and Cyril Call was a soldier in the War of 1812.

Anson Vasco [II] 's mother Charlotte Holbrook(14) came across the plains with his Father Anson Vasco (13) in 1848 (Brigham Young Company) and died in 1866 when he was only 11. His father died in 1867 so Anson was raised to adult hood in the Mary Flint Call's home. Mary was the first wife of Anson Call and had few children at home at the time and since Anson was often away colonizing something at Brigham Young's behest , Mary and her sister, Hannah Flint Holbrook--a school teacher, educated and raised Anson. Mary was also raising Anson Bowen Call a son of Anson and his second wife(divorced) Mariah so in a family of two Ansons A.V. was what he was often referred to. [more later DLC]

The following information is from Find A

Part of obituary: He assisted in surveying and laying out the Town of Afton. One of his wives, Emily, now 88 years of age, is still alive, and lives in Logan, Utah. She came in to attend the funeral services. Two of his sons, Major Ivan L. Call, fighting in France, and Cpl Rosso Call, are in the army besides a dozen or two grandsons and one great grandson, Duane Call He is survived by the following children, besides his wife Emily. Vasco Call, Adolphus Call, Alive Maud Burton, Ella Cook, Caroline Burton, Farnham Call, Dr Chester Call, Lorna Schlote, Frank Call, Stella Kennington, Chris J. Call, Mary Low, Dr Fred Call, LeRoy Call, Dr George Call, Edger Call Thosmns Call, Charles Call, Vinnie Andrews, Dr Horance Call, Rose Spackman, Fr Cycil Call, Lucy Nield, Major Ivan L. Call, Raoul Call, Marius Call, Cecil Call, Cpl Rosso Call and Reva Clark.

The funeral services were held in the Afton North Ward chapel and Stake House Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. with Bp J.L. Metcalf conducing. Mrs Nellie Roberts was at the organ and played the prelude. The Afton North Ward choir under the direction of Harvey Allred rendered two numbers "Jesus Lover of My Soul" and "Still, Still, With Thee" with Bp. E. Francis Winters as soloist Margaret Winters was the accompanist.

Special musical numbers were given by the following: Vocal Solo Mrs Annie Hood, Vocal Solo, Mrs Mary Call, Violin Solo, "Oh My Father" was played by Mr John a Omanson. A few of the highlights of Mr Call's life were read by Lester Barris. The speakers who all paid tribute to his life and character, were Pres. Clarence Gardner, President Royle S. Papworth, and President Chris Call of the Idaho Stake. Remarks were made by Bp. John L. Metcalf. The invocation was offered by Bp Hazen Spackman of Lewiston, Utah and the benediction was pronounced by C.C. Leavitt. Postlude music was played by Margaret Winters. The beautiful sprays of flowers that banked the casket were carried by his granddaughters and the pall bearers were his grandsons, Reuel, Evan, Spencer, Osborne, Lamoni and Carwin Call. The grave at the cemetery was dedicated by George F. Burton. From the cemetery the relatives all returned to the Tabernacle Reception room where they renewed acquaintances and were served a hot luncheon by the Daughter of Utah Pioneers who had been engaged by the family for this service.

Note: A book of Historical Remembrance is to be compiled which will contain a verbatim report of the funeral proceedings. For those interested contact Mrs Maud Burton Box 31 Afton, Wyo.

Call, Anson Vance (19 Oct 1944)Star Valley Independent (bio by: Carol Stevens)



Alissa Maria Manning Call (1891 - 1969)*


Alice Jeannette Farnham Call (1859 - 1939)*


Lucy Englesbee King Call (1865 - 1904)*


Rosa Emily Stayner Call (1856 - 1950)*


Margaret Ann Hepworth Call (1885 - 1922)*



Adolphus A. Call (1879 - 1952)*


Alice Maud Call Burton (1881 - 1973)*


Franklin Call (1884 - 1952)*


Charles Stayner Call (1887 - 1970)*


Stella Call Kennington (1888 - 1979)*


Farnham Lamoni Call (1890 - 1982)*


Horace Arthur Call (1892 - 1957)*


Frederick William Call (1894 - 1957)*


Alfred Call (1895 - 1895)*


Laura Ann Call (1898 - 1898)*


Lorna Louise Call Bleazard (1899 - 1987)*


Ira Edward Call (1899 - 1941)*


Ivan Leon Call (1909 - 1979)*


Cecil Edmund Call (1914 - 1986)*


Reva Call Todd (1922 - 2001)*

Created by: K. Nicole

Record added: Feb 18, 2002

Find A Grave Memorial# 6193020


FROM - Wikipedia:

Anson Vasco Call II played a major role in founding Afton, Wyoming. He was one of six honored July 5, 2008, at the dedication of Afton's new Civic Center. He was born in Willard, Utah. During his early boyhood he worked in the fields gleaning wheat. In 1864 his father Anson Vasco Call was called to serve a mission in England by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and while returning home in 1867 he died at Rock Creek, Wyoming.

Anson's mother was an efficient and hard worker, and provided for her family while the father was on his mission. Once a relative offered her $5.00 for a pair of mittens that he needed the next morning. She double knitted the large fancy mittens with yarn she had spun and Anson delivered them before daylight, bringing back the much needed money. This kind of effort on a continual basis resulted in weak health and she contracted typhoid fever, and died in July 1866. The orphaned children were split up, and Anson went to live with his grandmother, Mary Flint Call.

Grandmother was well-educated, and pushed along her very adept student. By the age of seventeen he was enrolled in the University of Utah, graduating with the first class in 1875. Also attending was Alice Jeanette Farnham. One afternoon Anson summoned sufficient courage to go to her home and asked her for a date. She replied, "Ask Mother." About four years later they were married in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 17, 1876.

Anson was a fine carpenter, and he built a new home for his bride. He started work on it at 3:30 A.M., and then walked three miles to Centerville to teach school. He was also serving as the superintendent of schools and stake president of the Mutual Improvement Association. When Anson considered taking a second wife, he chose Emily Stayner, Alice's cousin who had grown up in the same home with Alice. However, out of consideration for Alice, she refused him, saying she would as soon be tenth as second. Emily finally became his third wife. Anson had married Lucy King in 1882.

Severe persecution for practicing plural marriage now made it necessary for him to leave Utah; so he served a mission in England. He left in February 1885. Some of the first Elders he met were also from Davis County, one of them being George Osmond with whom he would later serve in the Star Valley Stake Presidency, and Daniel H. Wells.

Anson arrived back in Utah in 1886 and found his family in good health but arresting of polygamists was still very common. Because of this he has to escape to Chesterfield, Idaho where he lived with his uncle Chester in hiding. Many of his relatives lived in and around Chesterfield, and Emily came to teach music to them. It was there that Anson heard about Star Valley, Wyoming and its seclusion and the friendly attitude the Governor had towards polygamists. Alice and Anson and their children set out with Chester's brother, Bowen, to try pioneering in Star Valley. They hauled logs and built two cabins; a one-room cabin for Anson and a two-room cabin for Bowen. There were at that time about ten families living in similar cabins in the Afton town site. On November 16, 1887, Uncle Chester Call arrived with Bowen's wife, Theresa, and daughter, Theresa's mother Pamela Thompson, and Anson's wife Alice with her daughters Maud and Ella. They came in one light wagon with few supplies. As Uncle Chester drove up to the cabin, he said to Alice, "Here is your mansion".

The cabin was small (14x16 feet) with a small cook stove, a wooden rocking chair, few cooking utensils, bedding, and dishes. Boards were nailed into the wall for a bunk bed. Winter supplies were piled in the corner, and the south end of the room was reserved for the carpenter's workbench and tools. Anson made a turning lathe entirely of native wood, powered by a foot treadle. He made furniture to trade for meat, milk, hay, and buckskin. Anson was offered a school teaching position for fifteen to twenty students but gave the job to Bowen who had no other means of employment.

Anson's brother Joe came with his families, and the following year they built the first framed buildings with shingle roofs. For several years Anson and Joe built many structures of importance in the valley. They were also partners in the first furniture store and machine company. Anson taught school in the winter and built buildings in the summer. In 1892 he designed and supervised the building of the Afton Ward chapel. That same year the Star Valley Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized with George Osmond as president, William Walton Burton as first counselor, and Anson Vasco Call II as second counselor. In August 1904 the cornerstone was laid for a new tabernacle, and Anson served as architect and builder. The tabernacle was dedicated in August 1909. He also built and sold many homes in the area. He built one for his first family on the corner of Madison Street and 3rd Avenue, and he built a new home on Fifth Avenue for his wife Margaret.

On September 13, 1901 and mass meeting of Afton citizens was held to select a committee to incorporate the town. Anson Vasco Call II, William Henry Kennington, and Osborne Low were selected. Anson Vasco Call II was elected the first mayor and began serving in 1902. In all, he served nine terms as Mayor of Afton (1902, 1903, 1904, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1924, 1925, and 1927).

Anson personally supervised the installation of the first city water system in 1913. He served for many years as the Federal Land Bank Appraiser for Lincoln, Uinta, and Teton counties, and as the Government Weather Observer.

Anson Vasco Call II died Thursday, October 12, 1944, in Afton, Wyoming. October 17, a large crowd of his family attended the funeral; twenty-nine of thirty-seven children were there. He was buried in the Afton Cemetery.

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From: Lincoln County, Wyoming Biographies:

The mayor of the thriving little city of Afton, Wyoming, distinguished in his ancestry and his record, capable in business, zealous in church affairs, influential and forceful in public local matters, and an esteemed member of his social circle, Anson V. Call, of Afton, Uinta County, is easily one of the leading citizens of his section of the state and worthy of the high standing he has attained among its people. He is a son of Anson V. and Charlotte (Holbrook) Call, and was born at Bountiful, Utah, May 23, 1855.

The family history of his parents is told at length in the sketch of his brother, Joseph H. Call, on another page of this volume. Anson V. Call was the second child and the firstborn son of the family, which consisted of ten children. He was reared by his grandmother and after preparatory attendance at the public schools of his vicinity, was educated in the Deseret University, now the University of Utah, and had the honor of being the first student graduated from that institution.

After leaving college he taught at bountiful for about seven years, then accepted a position as manager of the cooperative store at the same place and filled it for three years. He was then sent to Europe on a two year mission for the church, and on his return in October, 1887, located at Afton, Wyoming, and engaged in carpentering and building. He and his brother, Joseph, furnished the material and put up all of the best houses in the valley, among them being his own residence, which is considered the best one in this section of the country.

He now conducts there a house of entertainment for which the home is well adapted. It contains twelve rooms besides closets, bathrooms and halls, and is also equipped with every modern convenience. The hostelry is known as The Call, and is a popular house of entertainment. He also has a large business as a carpenter and builder, and deals extensively in hardware and building materials.

Mr. Call has always been deeply interested in the cause of education and while in Utah served for some years as county superintendent of public instruction in Davis County. In the church organization he is one of the counselors of the stake presidency at Afton. He was married at Salt Lake City on May 17, 1876, to Miss Alice Jeannette Farnham of Utah, a daughter of Augustus A. and Caroline (Pill) Farnham, natives of New York, and ten children have blessed their union. Anson V., married and living at Afton, at present writing (1902) on a mission to Philadelphia, PA, for the church; Adolphus A. married and living at Afton; Alice M. married to Thomas F. Burton of Afton; Claude, who died in infancy; Ella, married to Carl Cook of Afton; and Caroline Charlotte, Farnham L., Chester A., an infant died unnamed, and Lorna Louise, living at home.

  • Residence: Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
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Anson Vasco Call, II's Timeline

May 25, 1855
Willard, Box Elder, Utah, United States
May 1855
Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah, United States
May 18, 1877
Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
February 28, 1879
Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
July 12, 1881
Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
August 8, 1883
Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States