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This page includes the boundaries of wards and branches as of about 1930, a timeline history, and how to obtain the records.

Source used for this page: Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p.59.

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Benson Stake, 1930

Stake boundaries as of about 1930
See Encyclopedic History..., p. 59.[1]

  • Area of the County: North end of Cache County, Utah
  • Headquarters in: Richmond, Utah
  • Boundaries of stake:
    North end of Cache county.
    • North: Idaho border.
    • South: Cache Stake, Utah.
    • East: (Not given. Probably county boundary).
    • West: (Not given. Probably county boundary).


History Timeline up to about 1930

This timeline (arranged by year) includes events that affected records, record-keeping, and movements of Mormons in this area.

  • 1901 - Until 1901, all the saints in Cache County, Utah belonged to the Cache Stake, Utah.
  • 1901- That stake was divided so that only the settlements in the central part of the county were continued as the Cache Stake, Utah.
  • 1901 - Benson Stake was organized April 30, 1901. Settlements in the north end of the county were organized as the Benson Stake, those in the south end as the Hyrum Stake, Utah.


Other History Resources
Many wards or branches appointed members to compile a history. Copies may be in the ward library or in homes of members. Some contain biographical sketches of members of the ward at the time of compilation.

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Wards and Branches

Amalga, Clarkston, Cornish, Coveville, Lewiston 1st, Lewiston 2nd, Lewiston 3rd, Smithfield 1st, Smithfield 2nd, Smithfield 3rd and Trenton.

Amalga Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 18-19 .[2]

Boundaries:

Amalga Ward was a farming district surrounding a sugar factory belonging to the Amalgamated Sugar Company, which factory stands on the right, or west bank of Bear River, about three miles west of Smithfield and nine miles southwest of Richmond.

History timeline:

  • 1918 - On March 10, 1918, the saints at Amalga, who, prior to this, had belonged to the Smithfield 1st and 2nd wards, and Newton and Trenton wards, were organized. Amalga Ward. This name was suggested by the Amalgamated Sugar Company, whose factory activities were the main cause of the ward being organized.

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Clarkston Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 143.[3]

Boundaries:

Clarkston Ward is situated near the east base of the chain of mountains which separates Cache Valley from Malad Valley. Clarkston is five miles northwest of Newton, 20 miles northwest of Logan, 15 miles west of Richmond, the stake headquarters, and 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. It is also five miles west of Trenton, the nearest railroad station on the Oregon Short Line. Clarkston is the center of a farming district.

History timeline

  • 1864 - Clarkston is one of the earliest settlements in Cache Valley, dating back to 1864, when a townsite called Clarkston was surveyed and dedicated.
  • 1864 - The saints were first organized into a branch.
  • 1867 - Fall of 1876 the branch (which started in 1864) then became a ward.

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Cornish Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 159.[4]

Boundaries:

Cornish Ward consists of Latter-day Saints residing in a farming district lying immediately south of the boundary line between Utah and Idaho. The center of the ward is a small village on the Oregon Short Line Railroad and is located, 12 miles by wagon road northwest of Richmond, the stake headquarters, and 21 miles by wagon road northwest of Logan.

History timeline

  • 1907 - The Cornish Ward was organized July 28, 1907, from the north part of Trenton Ward.

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Coveville Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 162-63.[5]

Boundaries:

Coveville Ward district lies between Richmond, Utah, and Franklin, Idaho, its northern boundary being the line between Utah and Idaho. Eastward the ward extends to the mountains, south to Richmond, and west to Cub River. The center of the ward, where the meeting house stands, is about three miles northeast of Richmond, four miles south of Franklin, three miles south of the state line and 16 miles north of Logan.

History timeline

  • 1871 - Area settled by Robert Gregory and family.
  • 1877 - Organized as a branch.
  • 1882 - Organized as a ward on November 28, 1882.

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 Lewiston Wards

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 429-431.[6]

Boundaries:

  • Lewiston 1st Ward, Benson Stake, Cache Co., Utah, consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in the northeast part of Lewiston Precinct. The Ward extends northward to the boundary line between Utah and Idaho, east and south to Cub River, and west to Lewiston 2nd and 3rd Wards.
  • Lewiston 2nd Ward, Benson Stake, Cache Co., Utah. All the saints in the Lewiston Precinct belonged to the Lewiston Ward until 1907, when the Lewiston Ward was divided into the Lewiston 1st and the Lewiston 2nd Wards.
  • Lewiston 3rd Ward, Benson Stake, Cache co., Utah was organized April 17, 1909, from parts of the Lewiston 1st Ward.

History timeline

  • 1873 - Organized the Lewiston Branch.
  • 1887 - Lewiston was organized as a Ward.
  • 1907 - Lewiston was divided into two Wards: the Lewiston 1st Ward and the Lewiston 2nd Ward.
  • 1909 - 1909 Lewiston 3rd Ward was created by the division of Lewiston 1st Ward.

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  Smithfield Wards

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 799-800.[7]

Boundaries:

  • Smithfield 1st Ward, Benson Stake, consists of that part of the city of Smithfield in Cache County, Utah, lying north of Summit Creek, extending to the mountains on the east, to the Smithfield 3rd Ward on the south, and to the Smithfield 2nd Ward on the west.
  • Smithfield 2nd Ward, Benson Stake, consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in the southwest part of the city of Smithfield, or that part of said city lying south of Summit Creek and west of Main St. Southward the ward extends to Hyde Park and westward to Bear River.
  • Smithfield 3rd Ward, Benson Stake, consists of Latter-day Saints residing in the southeast part of the city of Smithfield, Cache Co., Utah. It is separated on the north from the Smithfield 1st Ward by Summit Creek. Eastward it extends to the mountains and Southward to the Hyde Park Ward. The main street of Smithfield separates it from the Smithfield 2nd Ward on the west.

History timeline

  • 1926 - The Smithfield 3rd Ward came into existence Feb. 21, 1926, when the Smithfield 2nd Ward was divided, and that part of the city of Smithfield lying south of Summit Creek and east of Main St. and 1st West St., and extending to the boundary of Smithfield Precinct on the south and the mountains on the east was organized as the Smithfield 3rd Ward.
  • 1927 - First meeting held in new chapel, July 18, 1927.

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 Trenton Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 885.[8]

Boundaries:

Trenton Ward, Benson Stake, Cache Co., Utah, consists of Latter-day Saints residing in a farming district in Cache Valley, Utah. Northward the ward extends to the Cornish Ward, east to Bear River, south to the Newton Ward, and west to the Clarkston Ward.

History timeline

  • 1871 - A Branch of the Church was organized by 1871.
  • 1901 - Trenton Ward belonged to the Cache Stake, Utah until 1901, since which it has constituted a part of the Benson Stake.

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References

  1. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 59.
  2. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 18-19 .
  3. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 143.
  4. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 159.
  5. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 162-63.
  6. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 429-431.
  7. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 799-800.
  8. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 885.

 

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