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Frank Curtis Journal

 Item — Box: WASH-SC-3, Folder: 1
Identifier: WASH-049

Scope and Contents

This collection contains an original diary which documents Frank Curtis’s missionary proselyting experiences. The bulk of the journal entries created by Curtis are from March-October 1909. Curtis's family stated that he reported for his mission in October 1908. The missionary journal dates from March to October 1909.

Curtis served his mission in Billings, Bozeman, Lewistown, and Kalispell Montana. He took the train to Butte, Montana for his Missionary Conferences. Curtis served with Elder’s E.F.H. Jones, Wm. Rasmussen, and Chas Brown from March-August 1909. From August 17 to October 22, 1909, Curtis served with Elder Martin H. Hanson.


  • 1908-03-14 - 1908-10-22

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

Biographical / Historical

Frank A. Curtis was born on February 7, 1872 in Malad, Idaho. His parents were Edwin Morrell Curtis and Francis F. Harrison, both of whom were born in London, England, and later immigrated to the United States.

Curtis met his wife, Virginia Arrilla Olsen, in Thatcher, Arizona. Virginia was born February 9, 1875. They were married in Thatcher, Arizona on Nov. 7, 1900, and sealed three weeks later by Elder Joseph F. Smith, an apostle of the church who later became the sixth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Together they made their first home in Thatcher, Arizona. Their first child, Fannie Evelyn Curtis, was born a year later on November 15, 1901. When Fannie was a year old, they moved to Bisbee, Arizona where they established a home in Moon Canyon. Frank worked at the Bisbee Mine running the “framer” which cut the large timbers used underground. While living in Bisbee, Arizona two more children were born, Durer Arthur Curtis October 20, 1904, and Naomi Curtis May 24, 1909.

Curtis received a mission call for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to serve in the Montana Northern States Mission. He moved his family back to Safford, Arizona, where he bought the property to the rear of the tithing lot. Curtis wanted his family to be near Virginia’s mother and brother Elam. Curtis reported to Salt Lake City, Utah in October 1908. His family accompanied him at this time and received their endowments in the Salt Lake City temple. Curtis went north to serve his mission and Virginia returned to Safford, Arizona with the three children.

After Curtis’s return from his mission, he started back at his previous job at the mine in Bisbee, Arizona. His fourth child Ruth Merle Curtis was born January 28, 1915. In November 1915, 6 year old Naomi died during a trip to Phoenix, Arizona. Curtis died in 1917 at the age of 45 from labor pneumonia. Virginia remained widowed until her death on June 23, 1962. Feb. 9, 1875. At the time of her death she had two living children Fannie and Ruth.


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Language of Materials



This collection consists of a diary written by Frank Curtis in the course of his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, while serving in Montana.


The Frank Curtis papers are arranged in one folder. 1. Journal, March-October 1909.
Tammy Gentry
October 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Dixie State University Special Collections and Archives Repository

330 Holland Centennial Commons
225 South 700 East
Saint George 84770 United States