Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson was born on November 13, 1883 in Clarkston, Utah, to Charles M. and Agnes Jardine Shumway. She was raised and educated in Cache County, Utah. On February 4, 1902, she was married to James J. Thompson in the Logan LDS Temple. Mrs. Thompson was a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and with her husband, raised eight children in Garland, Utah. The children, three boys (J. Delos, Odell S., and W. Blaine Thompson) and five girls (Agnes, Blanche, Melba, Laura, and Lola Ruth) remained close to their mother until her death on February 29, 1976 at the age of 92. (Biographical information obtained through obituary contained in the March 4, 1976 issue of the Tremonton Leader/Garland Times.)
Exemplifying a senior woman's life in rural Utah from the 1930s to the 1970s, the Shumway Thompson collection focuses on the daily activities of Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson, including what she termed in her diaries as “Mormon handicraft,” or netting and sewing, and her daily interactions with her family members, particularly her daughters. Mrs. Thompson was constantly surrounded by family, and she noted in her 1958 journal that until her husband's death that year, she had spent only a few nights alone. The collection also contains routine events Thompson encountered as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including her weekly attendance of Sunday School, and her interactions with local ecclesiastical leaders.
Restrictions on Access :
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.Restrictions on Use :
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Initial Citation: Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries USU_Coll MSS 52, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_Coll MSS 52, USUSCA.
Diaries arranged by date.
Processing Note :
Processed in January of 2003.Acquisition Information :
Received from the James Joseph Thompson Family Organizations in 1979.Related Materials :
The burgs on the Bear : reflections on two small town relief societies 1900-1978 (Item MSS 116)
A digital copy can be found in the Digital Library CollectionsCache Valley Diaries
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