Reuben Kirkham

(Famous artist, painter and photographer)
A Mormon convert, Reuben Kirkham was born in Spaulding, England in October 1844 and emigrated with his parents in 1849
(they weren’t members of the LDS faith). He came into the valley in 1868 settling in Salt Lake City. He was trained as a house
painter, but enjoyed finer arts. At first he found work painting scenery for the old Salt Lake Theatre; that experience, along with
the painting of panoramas with his friend Alfred Lambourne, led him to work on a number of large canvases (12-25 feet long and
6-12 feet tall). These canvases were rolled on poles and would be used as rolling backdrops for plays and stories told in the theater.
They called their work “Across the Continent; or, From the Atlantic to the Pacific.” The sixty-plus canvases were supplemented with
moving water effects and a fully rigged ship. Viewers in Salt Lake loved it so much the artists took the canvases on a tour back East.
He also painted “Wilds of the Wasatch” which hangs in the Salt Lake City Courthouse and a detailed likeness of Brigham Young.
He married Echo Lovina Squires in 1876 and they moved to Logan in 1877 where he set up a shop. Besides being an excellent
photographer, he was an artist, doing most of his work in oils. Among his paintings are “The Right Hand Fork of Logan Canyon”,
“Morning after the Storm”, and another called “Leaves from my Sketchbook” in which he attempted to paint scenes from his
dreams. Some of his paintings have been preserved in the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, UT. He also helped paint murals on the walls of the Logan Temple.
He was a member of a dramatic club and played in a brass band. Reuben spent the last years of his life (1884-1886) painting and traveling with nineteen Book of
Mormon panoramas of his own invention; and painted the murals in the Logan Temple. There are many newspaper articles about him and a book or two about his
life and work. It was said of his work “His landscapes possess the decided merit of originality. An ardent lover of the sublime and picturesque in nature he endeavored
to paint the most stupendous subjects that the scenery of Utah can suggest.” Ogden Standard Examiner, 1924
The Woodcutter’s dinner was listed at $60,000 in 2019. There is a book written about his life and artwork. Reuben Kirkham – Pioneer Artist by Donna Poulton. 2012

David Arthur Garrett and Daisy Elisabeth Kirkham

David Arthur Garrett was born in 1876 in Bountiful, Utah to Henry and Mary Ashdown Garrett as one of 13 children. The family
was very poor and Henry worked a number of jobs to keep his family going. In the summer of 1900 he helped to gather brick
and mortar to build his aging parents a new home. His mother mentioned in her journal that he was a very good boy to her.
He married Daisy Kirkham in 1904 in the Salt Lake Temple. She was born in 1881 in Logan, Utah a daughter of artist Reuben
Kirkham and Echo Squires. Her father had died when she was four and life was a struggle for her family growing up so they
were both used to hardships. They had 8 children. In 1905 after a hard first winter together where they were both ill, they
rented a small farm for $65 for the year. They planted lettuce and radishes and raids chickens with the intention of selling at
market. They struggled being in debt from the brick purchase for his parent’s home, and the next summer was warm and the
crops all died. In addition a horse he purchased on credit to help on the farm cut it’s leg and died before it could be paid for.
His grandfather Brother Briggs gave him a loan to help settle the debts. Daisy was also ill much of the time and needed hired
help with the family so though David was doing well, funds were stretched tight.
They moved to Salt Lake around 1924 where David got a job working on the railroad. They kept the gardens in Bountiful and David worked there right up until
his death. People said that his celery was the best they’d every had. The couple had a beautiful home surrounded by flowers, and many people were recipients of
beautiful bouquets. He also worked as a carpenter for many years. He served as a high priest in his ward and had a great love of the gospel.
David and Daisy were very generous and often gave service to the sick and those in need around them. He was very proud of her and often showed off her
handiwork. They didn’t like doing things or going places without each other.
At his funeral in 1956 his daughter Beth said of him that he made friends easily and he enjoyed being around people. He had a love of life, love of neighbors, love of
god, respect for people and for their teachings and beliefs, and charity for anyone less fortunate than himself. He was a blessing to all who knew him. Daisy passed
away in 1971.